Ueps Exectutive Committee Meeting - Athens Fubruary 2008

The Committee re-convened on
February 25 to discuss the first draft
of the new statutes. The Committee
examined and modified the 11-page document
point by point before presenting
the revised version to Attorney at Law
Dimitris K. Avgitidis. Following further
minor alterations, Mr. Avgitidis said the
statutes conformed to Belgian and
European Community laws and also complied
with the AIPS Statutes. AIPS was
registered in Lausanne, Switzerland, which
was not a member of the European
Community and was, therefore, not subject
to the same jurisdiction. Answering
points of dispute raised in a letter from
AIPS lawyer Francois Carrard, he said our
new statutes were lawful and he would
reply to Mr. Carrard's letter. The new
statutes will be circulated to UEPS
National Associations.
President Jakobsche thanked Rik
Lamoral for his work in establishing the
UEPS headquarters in Brussels and
organising the January 4 visit by the
UEPS Board (President Jakobsche, secretary-
general Morley Myers and treasurer
Yannis Daras). The Board toured the
facilities and met with Belgian
Association secretary-general Jos
Segaert, vice-president Dominique
Delhalle, Financial Director Christian
Hubert and Geert Paternoster, who will
function as the UEPS headquarters permanent
secretary.
A report of the visit was carried on
the UEPS website. The registration procedure,
according to Belgian law, was
being processed and UEPS had already
printed new official paper reflecting the
changes.
Rik Lamoral, president of the Belgian
Sportspress Association, said the new
headquarters was ready for action.
President Jakobsche told the committee
he had received a request for financial
support from the Nordic countries to go
towards the cost of last year's Nordic
Congress. The Committee agreed in
principle pending further details.
UEPS/UEFA FOOTBALL SEMINARS.
Yannis Daras said he had attended the
Feb. 10-12 seminar in Lyon. The speakers,
who included UEFA media director
William Gaillard had been excellent. He
praised the efforts of co-ordinator Jean-
Paul Savart. The Committee decided to
appoint Jerzy Jakobsche and Yannis
Daras as supervisors to set up a list of
criteria which must be met by potential
organisers of future seminars. There
must be a road-map, setting out time
lines and check lists, including
a comprehensive budget plan.
UEFA, as the major stakeholder,
needed to be involved in
the process from start to finish.
Because of the nature of
his role in financial dealings,
the Committee agreed that
Yannis Daras should have a
new title of Financial Director
instead of Treasurer.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
MEETING, KLAGENFURT,
AUSTRIA, April 15-17
This topic produced much
discussion, with uncertainty
about how many National
Associations would be present.
Preparations had also
been handicapped by the hospitalisation
of co-ordinator
Guenter Pfeistlinger.
Fortunately he was recovering
well from his injury, but his
incapacity had been a setback.
AIPS CONGRESS/UEPS
CONTINENTAL MEETING, BEIJING
The Committee criticised the indadequate
time given over to the Continental
Sections for their meetings in Beijing and
also commented on the failure of AIPS to
observe their own AIPS statutes at last
year's Bregenz Congress when the only
legitimate candidate for the 2009 Congress
was not even put on the table to be voted
on.
EXTRAORDINARY UEPS CONGRESS,
CRETE, GREECE, OCTOBER 28-30,
2008.
Yannis Daras reported that preparations
were well in advance for the
Extraordinary Congress and the 2nd
School for Sports Journalists which would
continue through the following two days.
The "School" would also be integrated
with the UEPS/UEFA football seminar. He
had produced a DVD and a brochure
which would be circulated to national
associations, complementing further promotion
on our website.
MAGAZINE
Following the success of the 30th UEPS
Anniversary Magazine, Yannis Daras told
the Committee a 64-page magazine
would be published in time for the
Klagenfurt meeting.

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The Committee re-convened onFebruary 25 to discuss the first draftof the new statutes. The

Committee examined and modified the 11-page documentpoint by point before presentingthe

revised version to Attorney at LawDimitris K. Avgitidis. Following furtherminor alterations,

Mr. Avgitidis said thestatutes conformed to Belgian andEuropean Community laws and also

complied with the AIPS Statutes.

AIPS wasregistered in Lausanne, Switzerland, whichwas not a member of the European

Community and was, therefore, not subjectto the same jurisdiction.

Answering points of dispute raised in a letter fromAIPS lawyer Francois Carrard, he said our new

statutes were lawful and he wouldreply to Mr. Carrard's letter. The newstatutes will be circulated

to UEPSNational Associations.President Jakobsche thanked RikLamoral for his work in

establishing theUEPS headquarters in Brussels andorganising the January 4 visit by theUEPS

Board (President Jakobsche, secretary-general Morley Myers and treasurerYannis Daras).

The Board toured thefacilities and met with BelgianAssociation secretary-general JosSegaert,

vice-president DominiqueDelhalle, Financial Director ChristianHubert and Geert Paternoster,

who willfunction as the UEPS headquarters permanentsecretary.A report of the visit was carried

onthe UEPS website. The registration procedure,according to Belgian law, wasbeing

processed and UEPS had alreadyprinted new official paper reflecting thechanges.Rik Lamoral,

president of the BelgianSportspress Association, said the newheadquarters was ready for

action.

President Jakobsche told the committeehe had received a request for financialsupport from the

Nordic countries to gotowards the cost of last year's NordicCongress. The Committee agreed

inprinciple pending further details.

 

UEPS/UEFA FOOTBALL SEMINARS.

Yannis Daras said he had attended theFeb. 10-12 seminar in Lyon. The speakers,who

included UEFA media director William Gaillard had been excellent.

He praised the efforts of co-ordinator Jean-Paul Savart.

The Committee decided toappoint Jerzy Jakobsche and YannisDaras as supervisors to set up

a list ofcriteria which must be met by potentialorganisers of future seminars. Theremust be a

road-map, setting out timelines and check lists, includinga comprehensive budget plan.UEFA,

as the major stakeholder,needed to be involved inthe process from start to finish.Because of the

nature ofhis role in financial dealings,the Committee agreed thatYannis Daras should have

a new title of Financial Directorinstead of Treasurer.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONSMEETING, KLAGENFURT,AUSTRIA

April 15-17

This topic produced muchdiscussion, with uncertaintyabout how many NationalAssociations

would be present.Preparations had alsobeen handicapped by the hospitalisationof co-ordinator

Guenter Pfeistlinger.Fortunately he was recoveringwell from his injury, but hisincapacity had been

a setback.

 

AIPS CONGRESS/UEPSCONTINENTAL MEETING, BEIJING

The Committee criticised the indadequatetime given over to the ContinentalSections for

their meetings in Beijing andalso commented on the failure of AIPS toobserve their own

AIPS statutes at lastyear's Bregenz Congress when the onlylegitimate candidate for the

2009 Congresswas not even put on the table to be votedon.

 

EXTRAORDINARY UEPS CONGRESS,CRETE, GREECE,

OCTOBER 28-30,2008.

Yannis Daras reported that preparationswere well in advance for theExtraordinary

Congress and the 2ndSchool for Sports Journalists which wouldcontinue through the

following two days.The "School" would also be integratedwith the UEPS/UEFA

football seminar. Hehad produced a DVD and a brochurewhich would be circulated

to nationalassociations, complementing further promotionon our website.

 

MAGAZINE

Following the success of the 30th UEPSAnniversary Magazine, Yannis Daras told the

Committee a 64-page magazinewould be published in time for theKlagenfurt meeting.

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