ANNEX Nr. 4 March 2002
C.O.M. GENERAL PRESIDENT’S SPEECH
AT THE STATUTORY CONGRESS HELD IN Ypres / IEPER (BELGIUM)
ON THE 26TH JANUARY 2002
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,
I cordially welcome you to the 50th Ornithological World Championship here in Ypres, especially today at our Statutory Congress.
I thank you for your participation in this Congress and I wish you a pleasant stay here in Belgium.
First of all, I ask you to rise for an instant of silence in memory of those who left us last year forever.
At the O.M.J. Congress, we have already remembered the O.M.J. Judges who recently passed away.
In the name of C.O.M., I express our condolences with their relatives and friends, wishing them all the necessary courage to surpass such difficult moments.
In a few minutes, the General Secretary is going to give a brief report about the C.O.M. activities accomplished during last year. Therefore, I will mention but mine.
To begin with, I should like to take advantage of this occasion to thank, from the bottom of my heart, not only my colleagues of C.O.M., O.M.J., C.O.M.P.E. and C.R.O., but also all the member countries, for their excellent co-operation along last year.
Together, we are able to construct a strong C.O.M., and your contribution has been really very important. Good personal contacts do achieve good results!
Unfortunately, I was not able to accept all the invitations from Federations and/or Clubs to participate in their exhibitions. However, in the future I shall try to schedule my visits accordingly.
Some important changes have been implemented in our organisation:
Some significant changes have been introduced regarding the judging system and the duration of the World Shows, to financially render easier and more attractive the organisation of a World Championship: each one is shortened to a maximum of twelve days, starting always on the third Thursday of January. The proceedings to a candidature application for a World Championship were specified as well, and complete information can be found in “Les Nouvelles de la C.O.M.” (“The C.O.M. News”).
The number of requests to organise an International C.O.M. Exhibition has been raised. The reduction of the C.O.M. enrolment fee and fair rates granted to the organisers of these events, seem to become a positive stimulus. Thus, more O.M.J. judges will office at such an increased quantity of international Bird shows. This will also be a good alternative for the countries that do not have real possibilities to support a World Championship.
The C.O.M. and O.M.J. Vade-mecum have been carried through, reporting all the important matters concerning C.O.M. and O.M.J.
The number of C.O.M. affiliated member countries reaches already 37. Last year, we promoted new contacts with South Africa, Japan, Russia, Romania and Sweden, amongst others.
Our adoption of the Euro currency, agreed by the member countries, will bring important advantages.
Our capacity of providing, through Internet, general C.O.M. information in different languages, is being a priority. The English version, under the responsibility of the Vice-President Nery d’Azevedo, is already available (“The C.O.M. News”).
During this 50th World Championship, a new special C.O.M. publication was issued: “The history of the C.O.M.”. This booklet was printed in seven languages for a better diffusion in the various countries. Over fifty years an enormous work has been achieved, for which I thank everybody from the bottom of my Heart. For the future we will have a lot to do, but we will devote ourselves to it, all together, with courage. We count on your support and help.
To end, I wish you a good World Show and particularly a nice stay here in Belgium. I hope to see you all again, in good health, next year in Amiens (France) at the occasion of the 51st C.O.M. World Championship.
I cordially thank you for your attention.
C.O.M. General President
ANNEX Nr. 5 March 2002
C.O.M. GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT
AT THE STATUTORY CONGRESS IN YPRES / IEPER (BELGIUM)
ON THE 26TH JANUARY 2002
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mister President and Delegates,
Last year did not bring substantial novelties to the C.O.M. Board of Directors’ activities, and the significant aspects have been already published in “Les Nouvelles de la C.O.M.” (“The C.O.M. News”, at Internet).
The most absorbent C.O.M. tasks were accomplished at the following levels:
General President, regarding the management of contacts with the member countries and the new demands for affiliation.
A Vice-President, with the English version of “Les Nouvelles” (“The C.O.M. News”) for Internet.
General Treasurer, to adapt all accountings and fees to the Euro rate.
The themes discussed in January 2001 by the C.O.M.-B.D. at the Congress of Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal), as well as at the Congress of Ypres/Ieper (Belgium) in last August, aimed to achieve an improvement of the C.O.M. actions. A better presence near those member countries that, for economical or geographic reasons, have not the possibility of a direct participation in the annual meeting at the World Championship and C.O.M. Congress, will be also considered.
Some specific initiatives are being studied concerning to some closer approaches to those countries.
A peculiar attention was given to the current 50th anniversary of the C.O.M. World Championships, in order to tell and publish their and our own history, remembering the people that, throughout those years, have co-operate to their organisation and enlargement.
After a long and detailed debate, the dispute of the C.O.M.-Peru has been resolved, as the C.O.M.-B.D. has decided to give a second chance to the F.O.PE., under the conviction that this federation will be able to represent ourselves and co-ordinate the activities of the clubs existing in that member country.
The situation of the Maltese associations has also been positively solved, through an agreement subscribed and sent in last October by the C.O.M.-Malta to the C.O.M.-B.D.
The relationship between the Directors of the C.O.M.-B.D. and the member countries under their particular responsibility has not registered any problem, and we may confirm their correct participation in our Confederation.
Remaining quite sure that the future will demonstrate a good performance of the member countries and a continuous development of the C.O.M., I wish to all of you an excellent stay in Ypres/Ieper and the best for this year of 2002.
C.O.M. General Secretary
ANNEX Nr. 6 March 2002
C.O.M. GENERAL TREASURER’S REPORT
AT THE STATUTORY CONGRESS IN YPRES / IEPER (BeLGIUM)
ON THE 26TH JANUARY 2002
C.O.M. FINANCIAL SITUATION ON THE 31st DECEMBER 2001
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