Upon request, UEFA's media department and further sources have confirmed that there will not be any changes in the UEFA referee categories this summer except the removal of Russian officials Maksim Layushkin and Vladimir Kazmenko, who were suspended by the Russian FA's referee department some months ago.
The first half-year period without any changes for years is maybe caused by the World Cup and the enduring incertainty whether Jonas Eriksson, Pedro Proença and Howard Webb will finish their international careers or not.
In the context of UEFA's First Group, the following referees will be closely monitored during the next months and must be considered as strong candidates for a promotion to the Elite Group and, as a logical consequence, for EURO 2016.
Ivan Bebek (Croatia) - mentor: Bertrand Layec (France)
Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania) - mentor: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)
Matej Jug (Slovenia) - mentor: Jan Wegereef (Netherlands)
Sergei Karasev (Russia) - mentor: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland) - mentor: Frank de Bleeckere (Belgium)
Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece) - mentor: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Clément Turpin (France) - mentor: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
From 13 to 15 August 2014, these referees and all other UEFA Elite and First Group referees will gather at the annual summer seminar in UEFA's headquarters: Nyon.