The FA has today been involved in meetings at the British Embassy in Lisbon to d
The FA has today been involved in meetings at the British Embassy in Lisbon to discuss preparations for Euro 2004.
Held at the initiative of the British Government and hosted by the British Ambassador, the meetings involved a wide range of British and Portuguese organisations responsible for various aspects of the tournament's organisation.
These included The FA, NCIS , the Home Office, the Foreign Office, the British Council and the British police, as well as representatives of the Euro 2004 Organising Committee, the Portuguese police and security authorities, and the Portuguese Tourist Board.
Among the topics discussed were security, logistical planning, ticketing, media planning and public relations.
FA Director of Marketing and Communications Paul Barber said: "This is an excellent initiative by the Government to ensure that preparations for England's participation in Euro 2004 begin as early as possible and that all key bodies are involved from the start.
"The meetings have been very positive and have enabled us to develop relationships, which will be extremely useful over the coming months. This process can only help England's fortunes both on and off the pitch next year."