Following the submission of declarations of interest to bid to host UEFA EURO 2024, representatives of the German Football Association (DFB) and the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) both attended a bid opening workshop, which took place last Thursday at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The two bidders were given information of the bidding procedure, and received detailed explanations about the bid requirements, as well as the conditions that the host association must fulfil to be eligible to host the UEFA EURO 2024 final tournament. These requirements set out the information and materials that bidders must provide in the bid procedure, and guide them in the preparation of their bid dossiers.
For the first time ever, these bid requirements contain specific criteria relating to the respect of human rights. These criteria are based on the United Nations’ “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” and other UN conventions and were developed in close cooperation with Sport and Rights Alliance. Furthermore, criteria regarding compliance and anticorruption measures have also been included as requirements.
Commenting on this important milestone, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, said:
“The protection of human rights and labour rights is of the utmost importance for UEFA. It was imperative for us to introduce specific articles on the respect and protection of human rights in the bidding requirements for all of our competitions. From now on, bidding nations will have to adhere strictly to these articles in the framework of the organisation of all our tournaments and finals.”
Both the DFB and the TFF will have until 27 April 2018 to complete and submit their bid dossiers to UEFA. The UEFA Executive Committee will decide on who has won the right to host UEFA EURO 2024 in September 2018.