SIGA welcomes the European Parliament’s vote to approve the appointment of the new European Commission’s College of Commissioner and looks forward to working closely with President von der Leyen and her colleagues to ensure the implementation of the highest governance and integrity standards across the whole European sports industry.

Speaking on behalf of world’s largest sport integrity independent coalition, SIGA CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros highlighted the nominations of Commissioners Gabriel and Reynders and stated:

“Sport needs a strong Europe, and Europe needs a strong, trustworthy Sport, governed and operated under the highest integrity standards. We share Commissioner Gabriel’s priorities for Sport and commend her strong resolve in tackling the threats that are undermining Sport’s reputation and credibility head on. We look forward to working closely with her and her team over the next five years.

To safeguard its integrity and positive role in today’s society and economy, Sport is in urgent need of reform. The European Commission has an active role to play, and time for action has come. There is no need to re-invent the wheel – SIGA has already developed the best in class set of Universal Standards ( and an Independent Rating System to usher Sport into a new era of greater integrity and real, serious accountability. We encourage Commissioner Gabriel to support their adoption and implementation as a matter of priority.

SIGA is equally certain that Mr Didier Reynders’ long tenure as Belgian Finance Minister has given him the key experience to implement effective policy initiatives to tackle corruption and money-laundering in the sport sector. We welcome his nomination as Justice Commissioner and are keen to start working with him too, as soon as possible.”

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