FIFPro Division Europe consists of 24 member associations. There is one candidate member (Serbia) and there are four observers (Georgia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Ukraine). The division board is led by president Philippe Piat, the other members of the board are Mads Øland, Bobby Barnes, Maria Tsigoni Rella, Joachim Evangelista y Tony Higgins.
On Division Europe’s priority list are a number of important topics. On a political level FIFPro mostly focuses on the applicability of European law. But with almost every political issue concerned, FIFPro has noticed some friction with regard to the current European legislation. The question that continuously has to be addressed is the extent to which European legislation can be departed from because this is demanded by the specific characteristics of the sport.
The Bosman decision showed that European law is applicable in full to professional football. This was accepted by FIFA and the FIFA regulations were amended in consultation with the European Commission. It is important to see that the Commission accepted that a number of exceptions to general European legislation are permissible, because of the specific characteristics of professional football as a business sector. These exceptions are the three-year stability period; the transfer periods; and the training compensation.
A number of parties seem not to understand, or not to want to understand, that these exceptions are the limits to the departures from European law. The European Commission decided to go that far and no further, therefore. It is essential for the FIFPro that this message is communicated continually, since it supports the basic principle that a professional footballer is an employee like any other, although the specific characteristics of that employment contract are taken into account. The limits of this, however, are enshrined in law. A side effect of the modification of the FIFA regulations in line with European law is that the ensuing benefits for players currently apply all over the world.
The completion of the Social Dialogue in the form of a European collective agreement should also receive the required priority. A major step has already been taken in terms of content by the introduction of the Minimum Requirements, but the introduction of these in the countries where they are most needed still leaves something to be desired, however. A collective agreement offers improved options of doing this, not only because of UEFA’s involvement in the process, but also because the Social Dialogue is an excellent forum for discussing various problems in professional football with the parties concerned.
News from Division Europe
Friday 17 May 2013
Video: the opening of the new FIFPro House
Didier Drogba, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Xavi, Florent Malouda and Gerard Piqué were five of the many special guests who celebrated the opening of the new FIFPro House this week. A short video impression.
Monday 13 May 2013
Didier Drogba opens new FIFPro House
Didier Drogba did it. With a well-aimed shot, the striker from the Ivory Coast officially opened the new FIFPro House. The worldwide Professional Footballers Association celebrated the Grand Opening with 300 guests.
Monday 29 April 2013
Bale 'double' Player of the Year in England
Gareth Bale has been named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the English Professional Footballers’ Association. The Welsh player from Tottenham Hotspur is the third man to win both awards in the same season.
Friday 19 April 2013
Maltese FA must force clubs to respect contracts
FIFPro urges the Maltese Football Association to revise its regulations in order to better protect the players from clubs who refuse to respect the players' contracts and refuse to pay their players what they are owed.
Wednesday 10 April 2013
Italian union wants to discuss players’ salary cap
The Italian professional footballers association wants to modify the "gentlemen’s agreement" announced by the Lega di Serie B last month. The clubs in Italy’s second division want to introduce a salary cap for the players.
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