FIFA Eyes Several Changes For More Transparency

20 October 2015

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Executive Committee Oct. 20 approved a proposal that could lead to more transparency about its internal ethics investigations, FIFA announced.

The Ethics Committee, at its discretion, will now be permitted to publish more information about its ongoing proceedings, according to the announcement.

The Executive Committee also “welcomed” the preliminary recommendations in an interim report developed by the FIFA Reform Committee. It contains a few more transparency provisions as well as a variety of governance proposals, such as “clear separation between `political’ and management functions of FIFA.”  The Reform Committee plans to issue its final report to the Executive Committee of FIFA at a December meeting. Executive Committee decisions will be sent for consideration by the FIFA Congress in February 2016.

The only specific transparency proposal by the Reform Committee is: “Disclosure of individual compensation on an annual basis of the FIFA President, all FIFA Council members, the General Secretary and all chairman of independent standing and judicial committees.”

Less specific is a section on “candor” that states: “It is abundantly clear that football fans and our commercial partners will no longer accept anything short of full transparency in how football is governed at the global, regional, and local level. We should expect nothing less from each other. Each of us has perspectives on reform and it is critical that FIFA remains a forum for honest and open discussions.”

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In this column, Washington, D.C.-based journalist Toby J. McIntosh reports on the latest developments in information disclosure in International Financial and Trade Institutions (IFTI).
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