The Bureau of the FIFA Council appointed Tomaž Vesel of Slovenia as the independent chairperson of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee until the 67th FIFA Congress, with immediate effect.
Mr Vesel currently serves as President of the Court of Auditors in Slovenia having been elected by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia in 2013. The Court of Auditors is the highest body for supervising state accounts, the state budget and all public spending in Slovenia – an EU member state since 2004. The body is fully independent with its mandate governed by the Slovenian constitution and its powers of audit cannot be challenged before the courts or other state bodies. Mr Vesel also played a significant role in establishing the auditing of public procurement and concessions, and in implementing audits of a variety of institutions in Slovenia. He is a published expert in the field of auditing and regularly gives lectures on the subject.
In addition to his work in Slovenia, Mr Vesel has worked with numerous European governments and the OECD as an expert adviser, and is an active member of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Organisations and the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Organisations. Mr Vesel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Ljubljana and is engaged in post-graduate studies in European Economic Law at the University of Maribor.
As required under the FIFA Statutes, Mr Vesel successfully passed the eligibility check conducted by the independent Review Committee which consists of the former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Miguel Poiares Maduro, the former Indian High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, and the former chairman of Peruvian football club Sporting Cristal, Felipe Cantuarias Salaverry.
The Audit and Compliance Committee is a key body within FIFA’s governance structure. Its primary duties are to ensure the completeness and reliability of FIFA’s financial accounting as well as reviewing the financial statements, the consolidated financial statements and the external auditors’ report.