Executive Committee - Zagreb, November 2-3
Next year's Extraordinary Congresswas the major item on the agendawhen the UEPS Executive
Committee heldtheir last meeting of the year in Zagreb,Croatia on November 2-3. The
Committeedecided to hold the ExtraordinaryCongress in Crete, Greece, on October28-29, to
be followed by the second editionof their School for Sports Journalistswhich would start on
October 29 andfinnish November 1st.President JerzyJakobsche stressed the importance of the
Extraordinary Congress in order to adoptchanges in the UEPS statutes. These relatedto UEPS
registering its headquarters inBrussels and also a proposal to holdCongresses every other year
instead ofannually.President Jakobsche told members itwas necessary to get as many
delegatesas possible from the 48 EuropeanNational Associations to attend theExtraordinary
President Jakobsche and treasurer Yannis Daraswould oversee the new UEPS Statutes
which would be prepared by lawyers.The 2007 School for Journalists hadproved such a
success, a second editionwas immediately given the green light bythe Committee members.
Treasurer Daras said the inauguralSchool, which was also held in Greece,attracted 220
participants from 31 countries.This time, it was hoped to havemore than 300 participants
from 40countries. AIPS president Gianni Merloand other AIPS officials have alreadybeen
invited to attend. The 2007 Schoolproject had also balanced out financially,UEPS emerging
with a surplus of 1,900Euros after expenditure of 108,000 Euros.
The only disappointment was that UEPSdid not receive any financial supportfrom AIPS
which had provided funds forsuch projects in the past. Plans werealso underway to hold
further UEPS-UEFA football seminars. President Jakobschesaid he had recently visited to
Moldova,who wanted to host one of the seminars.
Under its agreement with UEFA, UEPS had promised to stage one seminar forWestern
Europe and another for EasternEurope every year. Several details regarding the Moldova
project still neededto be determined and further meetingswere necessary before any
decisioncould be taken. Jean-Paul Savart told theCommittee that Lyon was a possible
hostcity.Following further discussion, he said hewould investigate the possibility of stagingthe
seminar Feb. 8-10 or Feb. 29 -March 2. The Committee decided to askall 48 National
Associations if they were interested in hosting one of the seminars,which would entail two
Candidates would have to providea detailed strategic plan, including costings.
The dates would have to befinalised by UEFA, who were the chiefstakeholders
It was necessary for UEFA to provide high-ranking speakers from their own
organisation.. Providing an update on thenew UEPS Headquarters in Brussells,
Belgian Committee member Rik Lamoralsaid the move had already taken place.
The headquarters at the BelgianSportspress.be office is located at1,
Square Hanse, app C 401 box 9, 1200Brussels, Belgium, Brussels where UEPSwill have
a permanent office secretary,Geert Paternoster.
Contact numbers are: phone +32 2514.07.99. fax. +32 2 514.32.78
The newlegal statutes are being studied bylawyers. The 2008 diary is already provingto
be a busy one for UEPS. TheFrench National Association had invitedmembers to attend
the Association's 75thanniversary celebration in ParisCommittee member Guenter
Pfeistlingerproposed Austria should host a UEPSmeeting April 15-16 with the intention
ofreceiving delegates from all 48 nationalassociations.It was necessary to have a full
meetingto discuss European issues because onlytwo hours has been allowed for the
Continental meeting at the AIPS BeijingCongress. The offer was accepted withthe details
to be finalised.