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held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 25th July 1995

from EVU News, Issue 2 / 1996

Rudolf Meyer (Vegetarier-Bund Deutschlands)
Henrik Hedegard (Dansk Vegetarforening)
Krystyna Chomicz-Jung (Polish Vegetarian Society)
Ksavera Vaistariene (Lithuanian Vegetarian Society)
Arne Wingquist (Vegan Föreningen i Sverige, Sv. Vegetariska Föreningen)
Sigrid De Leo (Schweizerische Vereinigung für Vegetarismus)
Marcel & Diane Hebbelinck (Belg. Vegetariersbond, auditors)
Erwin Lauppert (Österr. Vegetarier Union)
Maxwell G. Lee (Vegetarian Society of the U.K.)
Francisco Martin (Spanish Vegan Society)
José Serra Blasco (Federacion Naturista Vegetariana Española)
Edwin Heller (Arbeitskreis f. Lebenserneuerung)
Kathy Silk (Vegetarian Society of the U.K.)
Heinz Kottkamp
Hildegund Scholvien (president)

The agenda for the meeting was as follows:

  1. Opening by the president
  2. Minutes of the last meeting (in Amsterdam, 1994)
  3. Secretarys report 1994
  4. Financial report by the treasurer and secretary for 1993, financial report by the treasurer for 1994
  5. Auditors report
  6. Vacancies according to the constitution and the rotation system, the following persons are due to stand down:
    • Hildegund Scholvien president
    • Kim Hebbelinck deputy secretary
    • Annemieke Poutsma treasurer.
    • All are standing for re-election.
    • Rob Snijders secretary is also standing down but is not standing for re-election
  7. Election of auditors
  8. Report from organisations present. All organisations present wishing to report to the meeting on their activities must prepare written reports. Due to time constraints, not more than five minutes per organisation will be allowed. The reports can also be included in EVU News.
  9. EVU congress in Bratislava 1995: preparation, organisation, participation, finances. Preliminary balance.
  10. Future congresses: Italy 1997. Interval between congresses.
  11. Annual General Meeting 1996
  12. Activities of the EVU: preparation of the Bratislava congress, meeting in Brussels, Internet, World Vegetarian Day, new EVU leaflets, EVU News, EVU seminars, Brussels office, local registration officers
  13. Annual subscription and minimum contribution for 1995, as agreed with IVU
  14. Motions
  15. Relationships with other organisations
  16. Any other business.
1. Opening by the president
The president opened the meeting at 4.5 pm and welcomed all the delegates.

2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes were agreed. The financial report would be dealt with later.

3. Secretary's report
The president read out the report submitted by Rob Snijders, who had resigned three weeks earlier after eight years as secretary and was unable to be present.

4. Treasurers report
The previous treasurer had produced inadequate information. The current treasurer had then taken a long time to produce figures and no explanations were included. The outgoing secretary had worked out a new balance sheet and the figures seemed reasonable, but they were not formally agreed as they had not been audited.

5. Auditors report
This was not available as the accounts had not been produced in time.

6. Vacancies
The president, deputy secretary and treasurer were standing for re-election. Candidates for secretary and deputy president were also needed. Igor Bukovsky was proposed for deputy president. Heinz Kottkamp, a retired German banker, was prepared to stand as a new candidate for treasurer and Sigrid De Leo from Switzerland was willing to stand as secretary with help from her colleague Renato Pichler, who was a computer expert. The deputy secretary, Kim Hebbelinck, would be able to devote more time to her duties in the autumn. Other nominations were invited but none were made.

The problem of replacing an officer who resigned during the year was discussed. If possible, the post should be filled by someone who would be available to serve for a year or more if elected. This was the case with Heinz Kottkamp and Sigrid De Leo.

Rob Snijders was prepared to continue editing the newsletter temporarily, but it was thought that there could be problems with the transfer of information, despite computerisation. Sigrid De Leo was willing to take on the job straight away. The Internet address had been paid for, but it was thought that it could be transferred at a small additional cost.

The president thanked all the outgoing officers, especially Rob Snijders. The new candidates for secretary and treasurer were given time for a short presentation. Rudolf Meyer stressed the importance of fostering contacts throughout the wider Europe and of recruiting members for the EVU. Sigrid De Leo said that she was more experienced in attracting donations than in recruiting new members. The president hoped that she would be equally successful in attracting donations to the EVU. Maxwell Lee suggested that recruitment should be undertaken by member organisations. Heinz Kottkamp said that he would like to make a fresh start on the financial side. He had worked with an international aid organisation helping countries in eastern Europe. He had become a vegetarian relatively late in life, so it was important not to regard older people as a lost cause.

Marcel Hebbelinck took the chair for the election of officers. There were no further nominations and an open vote by show of hands was agreed. The following were elected:

  • President: Hildegund Scholvien (unanimously)
  • Deputy president: Igor Bukovsky (unanimously)
  • Secretary: Sigrid De Leo (one against)
  • Deputy Secretary: Kim Hebbelinck (one abstention)
  • Treasurer: Heinz Kottkamp (unanimously)
The president thanked those taking on these difficult tasks. Rudolf Meyer said that the demarcation of responsibilities between the EVU and IVU secretaries should be clearer. The president suggested that this could be discussed at a subsequent board meeting.

7. Election of auditors
Marcel and Diane Hebbelinck were re-elected unanimously.

8. Reports from member organisations
In view of the time, this was deferred to the end of the meeting.

9. Report on the congress in Bratislava
Igor Bukovsky said that it would be better to ask the participants than the organisers. He hoped that people would use the suggestions box to provide feedback. The congress had attracted some 250 people from three continents and more than 20 countries.

Relations with the media were very good, with articles and interviews in the press, radio and television every day. There would be an hours coverage on satellite television that night and further coverage on breakfast TV in the morning. Local FM stations were also providing live coverage several times a day.

The financial situation was not yet clear due to a computer failure and some extra hotel charges might not have been paid as a result, but all should be clear by Thursday.

The question of advance publicity and the need for simple booking procedures was discussed. The large number of Germans compared with British and others might also be due to geographical reasons.

The Slovakian organisers were warmly congratulated on their achievement.

10. Congress in Italy in l997
Nothing had yet been fixed and no Italian delegate was present at the meeting. The interval between congresses was discussed. Three years would mean clashing with the IVU congress and four would be too long. The two-yearly vegan festivals were also attracting a lot of people and should be taken into account. There was some doubt as to whether the Australians would succeed in organising the 1996 IVU conference and it was important to be sure that the Italians started preparations for the 1997 EVU congress in good time. Two years was an acceptable interval if congress organisers got on with the job and in any case the interval should not be changed without warning. It was agreed that the president should write to the Italians urging them to make progress.

11. Annual general meeting 1996
This should be held during the first part of the year. Suggestions for a venue were invited. Sigrid De Leo said that Switzerland should be considered as it was geographically convenient and not necessarily too expensive. The Pestalozzi childrens village in the Appenzell hills near St Gallen was now a peace village used for conferences. The director was vegetarian and the cost should be about the same as Bratislava. It might even be possible to have a congress there one day. Rudolf Meyer said that it was important not to forget the Nordic countries, such as Sweden. The president said that the AGM should not just be hours of bureaucratic discussion but could be combined with a seminar or something similar. Marcel Hebbelinck suggested campaigning as a topic, to be introduced by the Swiss. Rudolf Meyer hoped that there would also be some hiking.

12. Activities of EVU
These items had already been dealt with under previous headings.

13. Subscriptions
It was agreed to keep the current subscription as agreed with the IVU.

14. Motions
There were no motions.

15. Relations with other organisations
Maxwell Lee said that the current recruitment leaflet referred to the IVU as a member of the EVU when in fact it was the other way round. Also, the IVU was an international organisation and not a British one.

16. Any other business
Reports from member organisations (deferred item No. 8): Owing to lack of time and since many reports had already been given at a workshop, it was agreed that reports should be submitted in writing for the next newsletter. There was no other business. Thanks were expressed to the president.

17. Closure
The meeting was closed at 6.25 pm.

minutes: Vanessa Clarke
Fischbach, 3rd October 1995