Question for written answer E-008841/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: FIFA corruption scandal
Considering both the (EU) ‘White Paper on Sport’, published by the Commission on 11 July 2007 (COM(2007)0391) and the ‘specificity of sport’ as outlined in the Lisbon Treaty, would any ‘restructuring’ of FIFA on the part of the EU members of UEFA (should the corruption scandal unravel) be based on EU law or Member State law?
Considering the most recent corruption allegations against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives, what action does the Commission intend to take?
Answer given by Mr Navracsics
on behalf of the Commission
The specificity of sport implies that sports organisations establish their own governance structures, the rules of sports and the rules of sports competitions. However, when doing so they need to respect all relevant legislation in force in the Member States and at EU level. The EU has no competence to legislate on sport but it can facilitate cooperation between Member States and sports organisations.
Good governance of sports organisations is one of the priorities of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-20171. The expert group on good governance composed of representatives from Member States and sport organisations developed guiding principles of good governance.
Corruption is a serious crime, which falls under Article 83(3) TFEU. At the EU level action has been taken based on the EU Convention against corruption involving officials2 and the Framework Decision on Corruption in the Private Sector3. Furthermore, the EU adopted an Anti-Money Laundering Directive4 in May 2015 that provides for a number of preventive measures, including a requirement for so-called “obliged entities” (e.g. banks and financial institutions) to monitor financial transactions and to report suspicious transactions to national Financial Intelligence Units. Following on from the first EU Anti-Corruption Report in 2014, the Commission supports Member States to share experience on policy themes such as asset declarations and whistleblowing and has incorporated corruption-related recommendations into the European Semester.
Nevertheless, the investigation and prosecution of individual cases lie primarily within the competence of Member States.