UEFA has developed close ties with the European Union (EU), which has become a regular interlocutor. The EU is a legal and political reality that has an increasing influence on UEFA and its national associations.
In its dialogue with EU officials, UEFA aims at strengthening the notion of specificity of sport, i.e. the special characteristics that distinguish football and other sports from all other economic sectors.
In addition, UEFA's work with the EU institutions builds on the structures of the European sports model, underpinned by the sports federations. The protection of minors, financial fair play, sports betting and match-fixing, and broadcasting are some of the most pressing questions facing football governance and recurrently discussed at EU level.
On many of these policy areas UEFA cooperates closely with other sports federations, at both European and international levels.
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