|22 June 2009|
In order to avoid any misunderstandings, FIBA Europe publishes the seven "joint working principles" which were agreed upon at a meeting between FIBA Europe, FIBA and Euroleague Basketball in Geneva, on June 17, 2009.
1. It is the right time and in the interest of European basketball to make changes and to improve the current situation and structures in the European club competitions, in particular the Euroleague.
2. It is in the interest of European basketball for FIBA Europe and Euroleague to maintain and ensure the institutional link between clubs, leagues and federations.
3. It is in the interest of European basketball to run, as soon as possible but at the latest by 2012, two European club competitions only.
4. It is in the interest of European basketball for FIBA Europe and Euroleague to increase their cooperation and to share the administration of these competitions fairly, efficiently and in a more integrated way.
5. It is in the interest of European basketball for FIBA Europe and Euroleague to open a debate with the national federations and the leagues with the aim to adjust the number of participating clubs in the top domestic divisions to the sports possibilities, to the needs of the calendars and especially to the new global economic situation.
6. It is in the interest of European basketball for FIBA Europe and Euroleague to protect the development of European players and clubs through appropriate joint policies and regulations.
7. It is in the interest of European basketball for FIBA Europe and Euroleague to ensure that clubs run their affairs in an economically sustainable manner and that appropriate control mechanisms at international and national level are put in place.
FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos, in Riga for EuroBasket Women 2009 at the time, attended a press conference organised by the Latvian Basketball Federation.
He presented the seven joint working principles and, in answer to a direct question by a journalist, the FIBA Europe President clarified that it is agreed with Euroleague Basketball that at the latest by 2012, there will be only two men's club competitions in Europe; one competition administered by Euroleague Basketball and one administered by FIBA Europe.
A number of other issues currently under discussion between FIBA Europe and Euroleague will need to be elaborated in detail.