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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

EU FINANCE: Budgets Committee recommends reversing Council cuts in EU budget for 2015

Never mind UK PM David Cameron put himself on a likely fateful EU exit clash route with today's Tory Conference speech,  the EU Budgets Committee recommended yesterday that European Parliament as a whole should reverse cuts sought by the Council of Ministers in planned and actual expenses. 


LONDON. The committee votes restored all the Council cuts in the
European Commission’s initial proposal, which reduced the €145.599
billion commitments proposal by €522 million, and the €142.137 billion
payments proposal by €2.1 billion.

"We should use the budget as an investment tool to help overcome the crisis. The programmes we have reinforced are of strategic significance for the future", said Eider Gardiaz√°bal Rubial (S&D, ES), who is in charge of steering the bulk of the budget through

The committee sought to ensure enough funds are available to settle R&D bills carried over from 2013, to launching programmes under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research tool, and to provide financing for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

MEPs also stepped up funding for the EU's Erasmus+ student mobility programme, which is already struggling to meet payment obligations for this year, and for the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived.

"Cutting back EU programmes aimed at stimulating growth, creating jobs, fostering development and supporting education is going against what the Council itself had defined as EU priorities", emphasized Ms Gardiaz√°bal.

Budgets MEPs also added additional funds to support EU farmers and fisheries hit by Russian trade sanctions and for humanitarian aid programmes in among others Syria. More resources were voted for Ukraine and Palestine as well. The three banking supervision agencies, the European Banking authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) also received more resources than the Council and the Commission had proposed.

Pending payments issue

MEPs nonetheless stressed that their reading of next year's budget would only work if Council agrees to settle payments due this year, thus preventing a growing backlog from snowballing on into 2015. Recurring payment crises delay payment of legitimate bills from SMEs, non-governmental organisations, students and other final beneficiaries of EU funding. The net expense of several amending budgets requested by the Commission is merely €100 million, yet it would add an additional €4.7 billion in resources needed to settle bills due this year. For 2015 the committee also added another €4 billion to the original Commission proposal to support priority areas, again to prevent payment delays.

What's next?

The final figures resulting from today's vote will be calculated and the full amounts will be voted in a committee resolution on October 7. Parliament as a whole votes its position on 22 October. Three weeks of conciliation talks with the Council start on 28 October with the aim to reaching a Council/Parliament deal in time for next year's budget to be voted by Parliament on 26 November and signed by its President.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

FOOTBALL: SOCCEREX GLOBAL CONVENTION 2014 With Football's Biggest Interview: Joseph S. BLATTER 1-2-1. Report

After the verbal scraps with UEFA and The FA at the Sao Paolo FIFA Congress and after successful outcome of Brazil's World Cup Joseph Blatter felt he needed to patch up thing with the FA whose President Greg Dyke had publicly stated of no longer bidding for the tournament as long as Blatter was at the helm.

by The Weeper
(our columnist)

MANCHESTER. The player in a suit heading a golden football on the cover of the OFFICIAL 2014 DELEGATE GUIDE symbolises the SOCCEREX GLOBAL CONVENTION with 630 free or out of contract players, of a total nearing the 10k mark delegates, registered with its online Forum.

Everything to do with the football industry is under one magnificent glass roof at the impressive venue of Manchester Central hosted by Marketing Manchester. The SOCCEREX symbolic gold football is made of multifacets joining together to form a perfect smooth surfaced sphere that can be propelled aerodynamically  around the very globe that its shape represents - with the epitome of football being 
  • the gold FIFA World Cup trophy          
  • the projected revenue over the next decade is 1.5 Trillion $ from the future football tournaments :
  • the Euro 2016 in France
  • the 2020 UEFA European Championships
  • the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
  • the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan
Soccerex Global Convention is where business opportunities can be taken ahead of the fixtures with 125 exhibitors from every field (aspect) of the football conglomerate and conferences discussing all the important topics related to the global game. 

There is a relaxed atmosphere at the well organised event with the opportunity to network and meet the many contributors who make the world of football possible - from the football clubs - stadia - technology - performance- agencies - new media - finance and law - commercialism - not to forget the chance to meet the heads of the governing bodies and the many Football Legends that attend and participate at the event.
The Soccerex Global Convention  opened with welcoming addresses from the organisers Tony Martin Chairman Soccerex, Sir Howard Bernstein Chief Executive, Manchester City Council and Sir Bobby Charlton , Legend, Manchester United and England emphasizing the strategic importance of choosing Manchester with football generating £300 million annually and a global profile from football estimated at £100m in advertising value estimated to rise to £2.5bn over the next 20 years. Manchester the home of football's emergence and also the same birthplace of Soccerex Global Convention in 1995. 

Soccerex will continue the partnership with Manchester with the announcement of the future Global Conventions already planned to be held at Manchester Central every year up to 2017.                    
"Soccerex has established itself as the global leading conference,bringing together the business of football."
                         Joseph S. Blatter, President,FIFA.

FIFA is a strong supporter of Soccerex and many of the senior representatives are participating at the 2014 Global Convention - including President Joseph S.Blatter, Vice - President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Vice - President Jim Boyce, Vice - President Jeffry Webb.

David Davis - Senior Consultant ,Soccerex then outlined the highlights of the
studio sessions at the three day event. The Conference Programme kicked off with one of football's biggest and most important interviews - in Studio 1 billed as 


Joseph S.Blatter - or Sepp as he prefers to be known - is a stylishman - his white scarf worn at the presentation of the FIFA World Cup - superb - his choice in clothes is excellent - for the interview he wore a smart dark suit impeccably white shirt and a two toned blue tie - finished off with casual black shoes with starkingly white soles.

ELECTION. Blatter attitude is brazen - he is not standing down in 2015

His reasons for staying - ''A mission is never finished. And my mission is not finished.
I have told the FIFA Congress and the Congress of the Confederations.''

At the last Congress in Sao Paolo he felt he had the support of the majority, a huge
majority of national associations asking ''Please go on, be our
President also in the future.''

He said he would make an official declaration at the September's Executive Committee 'I
will inform the Executive Committee' he said and the official
announcement will be on 23/26 September (VIDEO)

''Its a question of respect to the football family'' and ''Yes I will be ready, I will be a candidate''.


''Concerning Qatar we still awaits the report of FIFA's Ethics Committee who have
made an in depth investigation and we are awaiting the results of this -
this month or next month''.

Asked if the findings would be fairly imminent and if Mr Garcia's information is complete?

''Ask him. The reality is that the Ethics Committee is totally independent and Mr Garcia does not like it even if the President asks him what he is doing and what is going on. Anyway for the procedure we have to say that Mr Garcia is the chair of the Investigatory Chamber and the Investigatory Chamber must give the Report to the Tribunal. This Tribunal - the Adjudicatory Chamber -  has another boss there - a high judge of Bavaria, Mr Eckhart. He then has to take a decision which will be communicated to the FIFA Executive Committee and the to the world''.  

(But by now however we know that Mr Eckhart will keep the report secret and communicate only the decision)

QATAR. Independent Inquiry - Transparency

Blatter is brazen about the Independent Inquiry about aspersions cast on the Qatar decision - in fact he takes all credit for it when asked if he was happy with an independent inquiry - 

''Absolutely. It was my idea in 2011 when FIFA was under threat, attacks and criticism. I said at this committee - the Congress in Zurich in 2011 - at the end of the Congress I said we will have an independent committee for ethics with two chambers. We already had a committee but it was not independent. We have already started the work. We have also started the Transparency and Ethics - two items we need in our world. Especially in the world of football when you take the big figures involved. 300 million active participants, with their families 1.2 billion. they cannot all be angels all the time.''

Asked about Qatar being a small state and its stadia and if it was viable for a successful World Cup in that environment?

''In the rotation of the World Cup it was obvious that one day we should give the World Cup also to the Arabic world. Then it was a decision taken on December 2, 2010 by an Executive Committee which was reduced to 22 members at that time. It was a democratic decision taken by a secret ballot and it was their decision. Now we have to make the best of it in order to show a small country can host the World Cup. - But it is a challenge.''

QATAR 2022. Blatter's reason for him to attend at Soccerex

'It is still undecided at which time of the year the tournament will be played. The first official consultation takes place on 8th September inviting all participants  and stakeholders, the players' union FifPro, the clubs, the leagues, some federations, the six continental federations - and their secretary generals to decide to play in the summer heat or in the winter - it involves working on an international calendar and the FIFA secretary Jerome Valke contacting the different leagues and having more meetings on which is the best solution and time to play in Qatar.''

QATAR and RUSSIA. Boycott by Players

Blatter laughed out loud at the suggestions that some of the bigger club might boycott
the World Cup if there were any problems. He deflected the idea with -

'' I was a player, but not a player at the level of the World cup. Players want to
go to the World cup. A boycott of the players? No I don't believe


Blatter dismissed a rift with UEFA with 

''I think the football family, FIFA, the international organisation called FIFA, it isa big organisation and it must be solidarity. We cannot say one of the confederations shall be against FIFA. Solidarity is what makes football so interesting and what makes football in our world  connecting people, bringing people together and giving to the world - this perfected world -
emotions. And  we need emotions, emotions and possibilities.''

Seems oblivious to the fact UEFA voted against him

''I am sure that at the end of the day with UEFA and the 5 other confederations will get together for the benefits of football whoever at the day will be a candidate elected next year.''

The candidate has been announced as 56 years old Frenchman Jerome Champagne.

Still insists Michel Platini is a friend and told Blatter himself in private conversation that he would not stand - trying to make light of the derisive situation.


Blatter's rebuke to the inventors of the 'Beautiful Game (Manchester, 1888) 125 years ago' -

''In football, this game that you start to play at the youngest possible level, you learn discipline
and fair play. If you are at the highest level, you forget that this is discipline, respect and fair
play. You've forgotten it. but at least, don't forget that in football, you learn to win but also to lose. So, therefore, I appeal to all those to go back to the essence of football, and then you learn to lose. I have lost a lot of times, but if you lose, then you stay there and try to be better. And then stay fair, that's all. Fair play was invented by England, Great Britain - the Beautiful game and fair play. So let's celebrate fair play.''

(Could it be that Sepp Blatter is telling his own story here - he is the one who needs to return to discipline, respect and fair play and most of all - a level playing field.)


Monosyllable replies to questions on England.

Would you encourage England to bid for the World Cups?


Would there be any impediment - inbuilt impediment England achieving that?  


The FA vehemently opposed Blatter doing another term and at the FIFA Congress in Sao Paolo in June 2014, Greg Dyke said England would not be in the bidding to host the World Cup whilst Blatter was President.


Brazen it out - to behave after doing wrong - as if one has nothing to be ashamed of

Blatter shamelessly shrugged off the Sunday times allegations of bribery and
corruption on the Qatar decision. He accused the English media of
lacking of fair play and respect and disparaged the paper as being

''If you ask me how I deal with that, at the beginning I was suffering. But now my
situation has been cleared and cleaned by all possible means outside of
FIFA, inside of FIFA, so therefore I am confident  and I an going
forward as an optimistic. Just to say optimistic live better and perhaps
live longer.''


Blatter was blase' - as someone bored or unimpressed because one has experimented or
seen them so often - about Greg Dike's attack  - 

''He's a good guy and when we will meet together I don't know, but he will not say the some thing now. I'm sure.''

Blatter retaliated that the FA were bad loser following the defeat in bidding for the 2018 World Cup - and heeded to be reminded that England invented the beautiful game and remember 'fair play' and 'respect' - the basic principles of the game.

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The FOOTBALL REPORT: SOCCEREX GLOBAL CONVENTION 2014 With Football's Biggest Interview: Joseph S. BLATTER 1-2-1. Report

Scottish Independence Referendum: Statement by David Cameron - VIDEO

"The people of Scotland have spoken" said Prime Minister David Cameron following the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.

by RICHARD IV@lmenin

LONDON.  Prime Minister David Cameron gave a statement to media at Downing Street
following the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.(Video) He said:

''The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. They have
kept our country of 4 nations together. Like millions of other people, I
am delighted. As I said during the campaign, it would have broken my
heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end.

And I know that sentiment was shared by people, not just across our
country, but also around the world because of what we’ve achieved
together in the past and what we can do together in the future.

So now it is time for our United Kingdom to come
together, and to move forward. A vital part of that will be a balanced
settlement – fair to people in Scotland and importantly to everyone in
England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well.

Let us first remember why we had this debate – and why it was right to do so

The Scottish National Party (SNP) was elected in Scotland in 2011
and promised a referendum on independence. We could have blocked that;
we could have put it off, but just as with other big issues, it was
right to take - not duck - the big decision.

I am a passionate believer in our United Kingdom – I wanted more than anything for our United Kingdom to stay together. 

But I am also a democrat. And it was right that we respected the
SNP’s majority in Holyrood and gave the Scottish people their right to
have their say. 

Let us also remember why it was right to ask the definitive
question, Yes or No. Because now the debate has been settled for a
generation or as Alex Salmond has said, perhaps for a lifetime.

So there can be no disputes, no re-runs – we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people.

Scotland voted for a stronger Scottish Parliament backed by the
strength and security of the United Kingdom and I want to congratulate
the No campaign for that – for showing people that our nations really
are better together.

I also want to pay tribute to Yes Scotland for a well-fought
campaign and to say to all those who did vote for independence: “we hear

We now have a chance – a great opportunity – to change the way the British people are governed, and change it for the better.

Political leaders on all sides of the debate now bear a heavy
responsibility to come together and work constructively to advance the
interests of people in Scotland, as well as those in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland, for each and every citizen of our United Kingdom.

To those in Scotland sceptical of the constitutional promises made,
let me say this we have delivered on devolution under this government,
and we will do so again in the next Parliament.

The 3 pro-union parties have made commitments, clear commitments,
on further powers for the Scottish Parliament. We will ensure that they
are honoured in full.

And I can announce today that Lord Smith of Kelvin – who so
successfully led Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games – has agreed to oversee
the process to take forward the devolution commitments, with powers over
tax, spending and welfare all agreed by November and draft legislation
published by January.

Just as the people of Scotland will have more power over their
affairs, so it follows that the people of England, Wales and Northern
Ireland must have a bigger say over theirs. The rights of these voters
need to be respected, preserved and enhanced as well.

It is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland
should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all
parts of our United Kingdom. In Wales, there are proposals to give the
Welsh government and Assembly more powers. And I want Wales to be at the
heart of the debate on how to make our United Kingdom work for all our
nations. In Northern Ireland, we must work to ensure that the devolved
institutions function effectively.

I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national
discussion is England. We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now
the millions of voices of England must also be heard. The question of
English votes for English laws – the so-called West Lothian question –
requires a decisive answer.

So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish
Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England,
as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these
issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and at the same pace
as, the settlement for Scotland.

I hope that is going to take place on a cross-party basis. I have
asked William Hague to draw up these plans. We will set up a Cabinet
Committee right away and proposals will also be ready to the same
timetable. I hope the Labour Party and other parties will contribute.

It is also important we have wider civic engagement about to
improve governance in our United Kingdom, including how to empower our
great cities. And we will say more about this in the coming days.

This referendum has been hard fought. It has stirred strong
passions. It has electrified politics in Scotland, and caught the
imagination of people across the whole of our United Kingdom.

It will be remembered as a powerful demonstration of the strength
and vitality of our ancient democracy. Record numbers registered to vote
and record numbers cast their vote. We can all be proud of that. It has
reminded us how fortunate we are that we are able to settle these vital
issues at the ballot box, peacefully and calmly.

“Now we must look forward, and turn this into
the moment when everyone – whichever way they voted – comes together to
build that better, brighter future for our entire United Kingdom.''