Commissioner Vassiliou meets Princess Haya, President of the International Equestrian Federation
The EU's new role in the field of sport was the focus of talks between Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, President of International Equestrian Federation (FEI), at a meeting in Brussels on 14 June.
The Princess, a renowned horsewoman who competed in the 2000 Olympics and many international showjumping events, highlighted the FEI's interest in collaborating closely with the European Commission, particularly in relation to the issue of doping.
She was accompanied by Alex McLin, Secretary General of the FEI, Jacky Buchmann, President of the European Equestrian Federation and Graeme Cooke, head of the FEI's veterinary department.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is the wife of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed is also a major figure in the equestrian world, through his involvement in thoroughbred horse racing.