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Parliamentary questions
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26 November 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tomasz Frankowski, Marc Tarabella
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Reform of the FIFA transfer system

Following a consultation process with stakeholders, FIFA recently announced its second reform package of the football transfer matching system, which includes the following proposals: the establishment of a clearing house to enhance transparency; a new licensing regime for agents with measures to prevent conflicts of interest and to cap remuneration; the regulation of player loans to encourage youth development.

Many of the reforms are in line with recommendations expressed in Parliament resolutions and EU-funded reports. The 2019 Report on Football Agents from Edge Hill University recommended that FIFA take the lead on regulation of agents in close cooperation with the EU and public authorities. Parliament’s resolution of 2 February 2017, called ‘for the establishment of transparency registers for the payment of sports agents, underpinned by an efficient monitoring system such as a clearing house’. The 2018 report from KEA–CDES on the transfer system highlighted the ‘importance of a centralised licensing system [for agents] and the necessity to include a mandatory cap for agent fees’.

What view does the Commission take on reform process undertaken by FIFA?

How does it view the reform package for players and agents?

What steps will it take to support the reforms?

Original language of question: FR
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