Procedure : 2015/2730(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B8-0571/2015

Texts tabled :

B8-0571/2015

Debates :

PV 10/06/2015 - 17
CRE 10/06/2015 - 17

Votes :

OJ 11/06/2015 - 72

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2015)0233

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0548/2015
8.6.2015
PE558.925v01-00
 
B8-0571/2015

to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on recent revelations of high-level corruption cases in FIFA (2015/2730(RSP))


Daniel Dalton, Andrew Lewer, Angel Dzhambazki, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Emma McClarkin on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on recent revelations of high-level corruption cases in FIFA (2015/2730(RSP))  
B8‑0571/2015

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its resolution of 2 February 2012 on the European dimension in sport(1),

–       having regard to the EU Work Plan for Sport (2014-2017),

–       having regard to its resolution of 14 March 2013 on match-fixing and corruption in sport(2),

–       having regard to the Commission White Paper on Sport of 11 July 2007 (COM(2007)0391),

–       having regard to the Commission communication of 18 January 2011 entitled ‘Developing the European Dimension in Sport’ (COM(2011)0012),

–       having regard to the Commission communication of 6 June 2011 entitled ‘Fighting Corruption in the EU’ (COM(2011)0308),

–       having regard to the Adopted Resolutions of the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport of 18 September 2014,

–       having regard to the Financial Action Task Force recommendations on international standards on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation,

–       having regard to the newly adopted 4th European Union Anti-Money-Laundering Package,

–       having regard to Objective 2(e) of the FIFA Statutes, which were adopted at the 64th FIFA Congress in São Paulo on 11 June 2014 and came into force on 1 April 2015: ‘to promote integrity, ethics and fair play with a view to preventing all methods or practices, such as corruption, doping or match manipulation, which might jeopardise the integrity of matches, competitions, Players, Officials and Members or give rise to abuse of Association Football’,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas on 27 May 2015 US law enforcement authorities charged 14 officials, nine of whom were current or former FIFA executives, with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international football; whereas at the same time the guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also announced;

B.     whereas the defendants were alleged to have systematically paid, or agreed to pay, well over USD 150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international football tournaments;

C.     whereas despite the arrests and charges made against FIFA executives and the crisis engulfing the organisation, Sepp Blatter was elected on 29 May 2015 as FIFA President for a fifth term; whereas he announced on Tuesday, 2 June that he would be resigning from his position;

D.     whereas FIFA’s primary role should have been to serve as the guardian of the world’s most popular sport, instead of which its members have sought to profit personally from the passion of the game’s fans;

E.     whereas sport is the largest non-governmental movement in Europe and corruption in sport significantly damages public confidence in the fairness of sport, which is founded on the principles of integrity and fair play;

F.     whereas football is at the very forefront of this global movement, and is played and enjoyed by millions across the world, bringing multiple social, political and economic benefits that must be safeguarded;

G.     whereas international sports bodies such as FIFA must uphold the highest standards of governance, transparency and accountability, as is expected of our domestic sports bodies, and follow the example of the International Olympic Committee, in particular, which successfully implemented significant governance reforms following the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games corruption scandal and pressure from corporate sponsors, sports officials and members of the US Congress;

H.     whereas international cooperation is essential in the fight against corruption and money laundering in international bodies and organisations;

I.      whereas the need to develop effective international standards in the fight against corruption is essential in this endeavour, including through cooperation with EUROPOL and other law enforcement authorities;

J.      whereas the objectives enshrined in the FIFA Statutes, which were adopted at the 64th FIFA Congress in São Paulo on 11 June 2014 and came into force on 1 April 2015, include the promotion of ‘integrity, ethics and fair play with a view to preventing all methods or practices, such as corruption, doping or match manipulation, which might jeopardise the integrity of matches, competitions, Players, Officials and Members or give rise to abuse of Association Football’;

1.      Expresses its anger at the shocking and despicable corruption allegations levelled against FIFA; puts on record its view that these allegations were far from surprising;

2.      Calls on sports organisations, the Member States and the EU to cooperate fully with all ongoing and future investigations into allegations of corrupt practices within FIFA;

3.      Expresses its long-held view that FIFA is a deeply flawed and corrupt organisation and believes the organisation has seriously damaged the integrity of global football;

4.      Welcomes the fact that FIFA must now undergo a substantial period of change in which there must be significant improvements in its governance, transparency and accountability in order to restore the credibility of football;

5.      Commends the investigative journalism that raised serious concerns over corruption within FIFA and the World Cup bidding process;

6.      Condemns FIFA’s failure to fully disclose the Garcia Report into the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, having agreed to publish it in December 2014 but having thus far failed to do so;

7.      Expresses serious concern that FIFA’s credibility as world football’s governing body, and thus its ability to unite world football, will remain tarnished until a new leadership is appointed, which may not be for a further nine months; calls on FIFA to select an appropriate interim leader to replace Sepp Blatter forthwith;

8.      Calls for an unrestrained commitment from FIFA to a thorough review of past and present decisions and procedures and for complete transparency going forward, with a view to establishing internal self-regulatory procedures, management of financial resources that is beyond reproach, and effective detection, investigation and sanctioning mechanisms;

9.      Believes that future reforms must include stringent vetting of candidates and nominations for executive positions and a review of the FIFA Ethics Committee and Audit and Compliance Committee, to include a wider electorate and frame of reference;

10.    Supports the call of the New FIFA Now campaign for the establishment of an independent, non-governmental FIFA Reform Commission to be overseen by an independent international authority;

11.    Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the national football associations, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), the European Club Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPRO).

 

(1)

OJ C 239 E, 20.8.2013, p. 46.

(2)

Texts adopted, P7_TA(2013)0098).

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