Decisions from Interpret Europe’s first online General Assembly

IE held its first virtual General Assembly which included important changes to the Constitution to allow a new way for online voting.

 

IE held its first virtual General Assembly which included important changes to the Constitution to allow a new way for online voting.

On 26 September, 36 members joined an online General Assembly to receive the 2019 reports from the Supervisory Committee and Management and to discharge both bodies from liability.

IE is subject to German law, and holding the General Assembly online was only possible due to the German Covid-19 Mitigation Act that provides this opportunity until the end of 2020, even if it is not suggested by an association’s Constitution.

Three motions were brought up and the following decisions were made:

1.    The General Assembly approves the revised Constitution as sent to all members on 4 September 2020. Supervisory Committee and Management are authorised to make changes insofar as these are requested by the regulatory, judicial or fiscal authorities and do justice to the spirit of the relevant clauses.

2.    Membership categories ‘individual membership’ and ‘professional membership’ shall be converted to ‘entry individual membership’ and ‘full individual membership’. Membership fees shall remain the same but all ‘entry individual memberships’ shall be automatically converted to ‘full individual memberships’ by the beginning of each new year. There shall be no conversion before January 2022.

3.    Supervisory Committee and Management are asked to check whether the current situation could be changed, that IE membership is mandatory for joining IE training courses.

Regarding future General Assembly meetings, the revised Constitution includes the possibility to run meetings either online or to allow online participation at in-person meetings. It also allows us to hold ballots 24 hours after a meeting in order to enable members from different time zones to consider motions and to cast their vote. We are now keeping our fingers crossed that the German Registry Court will accept the changes, since there are not many precedents of that kind.

The General Assembly processed all motions from the previous General Assembly, except for one asking for a ten-year review of IE’s communication strategy. Supervisory Committee and Management informed that this review will be subject to the strategic planning process for 2021-2025 which will be launched as soon as the situation in Europe allows for the Supervisory Committee and Management to meet in-person without any member having to be quarantined.

As usual, the minutes will be shared with all members before the next General Assembly.

To cite this article:
IE Management (2020) 'Decisions from Interpret Europe’s first online General Assembly'. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 3-2020, 6.
Available online: http://www.interpret-europe.net/fileadmin/Documents/publications/Newsletters/ie_newsletter_2020_3_autumn.pdf

 

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