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European Group

Mandate and Governance of the IFRRO European Group as approved by the IFRRO Board on 28 January 2010 and amended on 22 October 2018.

Approved by the IFRRO Board 22 OCtober 2018

Chair: Samantha Holman (ICLA)
Vice Chairs: Valtteri Niiranen (KOPIOSTO) and Robert Staats (VG WORT)

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]

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.

Members of the European Group. Other IFRRO members may attend as observers. Observers that are not IFRRO members may only attend if their attendance is approved in advance of the meeting by the Executive Committee and announced at the commencement of the meeting.

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 three years. The IFRRO Secretary General attends the meetings in accordance with Article 8.3 of IFRRO’s Internal Rules.

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 10 of IFRRO’s Internal Rules. Article 10.1 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.