Europe

European Group

Mandate and Governance of the IFRRO European Group

Approved by the IFRRO Board 28 January 2010

Chair: Benoît Proot (REPROBEL)
Vice Chairs:  Samantha Holman (ICLA) and Anders Kr. Rasch (Copydan Writting

Mandate

To provide a forum for the Members of the European Group to be informed about, debate and decide upon non-binding lobbying objectives, in relation to the IP framework in Europe.  And for other attendees of the meetings to be informed about and contribute to debate on IP matters in Europe.1  

Nominating Committee (as elected 30 May 2016)

Anna Bleszynska-Drewicz (KOPIPOL) 
Sandra Chastanet (CFC) 
Hege Døssland (Kopinor)

Members 

Organisations of IFRRO from states whose governments are members of the Council of Europe.  In matters specific to the European Union, only votes of the European Group members from states whose governments are members of the EU or EEA or Switzerland shall count, weighting as per Article 9 of the IFRRO Statutes. Other attendees may express their opinions without voting.


Attendance 

Members of the European Group. Other IFRRO members may attend as observers.


Executive Committee 

Chair and two Vice Chairs to be elected from European Group Members representing RROs from a European Union member State, EEA country or Switzerland, for a term of two years.  The IFRRO Secretary General attends the meetings in accordance with Article 16§6 of the IFRRO Statutes. 

Voting for Executive Committee

European Group Members, weighting as per Article 9 of the IFRRO Statutes. 


Nomination for Executive Committee: 

All European Group Members shall have the right to nominate candidates for the European Group's Executive Committee. Process to be managed by a Nominating Committee of three European Group members elected by the European Group, which will be supported by the IFRRO secretariat.
 



1 The European Group is established in accordance with Article 15 of the IFRRO Statutes. Article 15§1 states that it is an "advisory" structure which does "not affect the competences of the General Meeting, the Board of Directors or the Secretariat. 

Statements and lobbying activities of the European Group (EG) must not be in conflict with IFRRO policies and statements as established by the IFRRO General Meetings (GM) or the Board. Where statements, information, lobbying or other similar activities cannot be based on existing positions of the GM, Board, EG or other approved IFRRO structures the Board's approval of the EG's position should be sought prior to the EG activity or submission. If this is not possible, for instance due to the urgency of the matter, the position must be brought up with the IFRRO Presidency through the IFRRO President or the Chief Executive.  

When the EG engages in an information, lobbying or similar activity or makes a submission it will, to the extent possible, involve the membership in the development of the position. Any IFRRO or EG member may reserve itself from the position in an activity embarked on or a submission made by the EG.