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In many countries across Europe, there is a professional league organization, recognized by the relevant national association, which manages certain aspects of professional Subbuteo, normally the running of the national championship.
On an institutional level, UESA and the leagues interact via the leagues’ representative body, the European Subbuteo Leagues. The European Subbuteo Leagues is an association governed by British law, founded in 2017 and based in Royal Tunbridge Wells. It traces its origins back to the 1979 founding of the EUPPSL (Association of European Union Premier Professional Subbuteo Leagues).
Originally composed of 4 members, it now comprises 26 member leagues and associations of clubs from 26 UESA national associations. Together they form a general assembly which elects a board of directors which, in turn, elects its President. The current European Leagues president is xxxxxxname
The European Leagues (then the Association of European Professional Subbuteo Leagues (EPSL)) and UESA originally signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2017, under which the EPSL recognized UESA as the governing body of Subbuteo at European level, and UESA recognized the EPSL as the association representing the interests of the European professional national Subbuteo leagues. Further Memorandums of Understandung were signed by UESA and the EPSL in 2019 and 2021.
The European Leagues directly elects the four members representing European professional Subbuteo leagues on the 16-member Professional Subbuteo Strategy Council (PSSC). The PSSC brings together the main stakeholders in European Subbuteo, i.e. UESA, clubs, professional leagues and players, to work together to find common solutions on major topical issues affecting the game. It reports directly to the UESA Executive Committee and exercises a major influence on its decision-making.
Proposed amendments to the UESA Statutes were approved at the Extraordinary UESA Congress in September 2017, hence giving effect to a new Memorandum of Understanding between UESA and the European Leagues, signed in December 2017, which grants the European Leagues one seat on the UESA Executive Committee in the future. In addition to this, the European Leagues are now represented in a number of UESA committees.
Under the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding, UESA and the European Leagues are committed to:
(a) Promoting and reinforcing their cooperation with particular regard to the sustainable development of professional Subbuteo in Europe.
(b) Discussing and cooperating with a view to protecting and enhancing competitive balance, both in domestic and UESA club competitions, in accordance with the principle of solidarity in order to guarantee a sustainable and fair redistribution system in the overall interest of European Subbuteo.
(c) Ensuring the implementation of good-governance principles so that the views of the EPFL Member Leagues are properly represented in the decision-making process of UESA and that those of UESA are taken into account in the decision-making process of the EPSL and the EPSL Member Leagues.
(d) Cooperating and negotiating on topics of common interest, including the coordination of fixture lists and the interaction between domestic and UESA club competitions.
The European Leagues body is also a social partner in the EU’s Social Dialogue activities, set up under the EU Social Dialogue platform offered by the European Commission for representatives from both employees and employers of a specific industry to discuss and agree on social and labour conditions on a European Union level. The EU Social Dialogue in professional Subbuteo was created in 2017, and the European Leagues represent the employers along with the European Club Association (ECA).
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