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Minutes of Board meeting 18.05.2020

The minutes of the Board meeting held on 18th May 2020 can be found in the section Events > Board meetings.

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General Assembly

After the Board announced its decision to postpone the 2020 General Assembly mid-March, we evaluated and discussed the feasibility to organize this meeting at a later date in 2020. We concluded that this was basically impossible. The uncertainty all over the world, the complications or impossibilities to travel by plane, the many different problems faced by the 42 FIFe Members, the financial constraints, which most of our Members are facing and mainly the generally expected second wave of COVID-19 in the second half of this year made the Board decide to cancel this year’s General Assembly.
The Board then discussed the date and venue for the 2021 General Assembly and decided this had to take place in Riga (LV), because down-payments already made could be used for next year’s meeting. Since the hotel was not available during the last week of May due to previous bookings, we decided that the date for the 2021 General Assembly would be Thursday 3 and Friday 4 June 2021. The venue will remain the same as was scheduled for this year’s cancelled Assembly: Bellevue Park Hotel Riga in Riga, Latvia.
By order of the Board,
Annette Sjödin – President
Eric Reijers – General Secretary

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World Shows

The Italian Member ANFI, stating various reasons and concerns related to the COVID-19 situation, suggested the Board to postpone their World Show by moving all scheduled World Shows forward with one year, so ANFI would hold it in 2021. The Board asked all Members featuring on the World Show List if they were willing to move their World Show one year later than the year previously confirmed by FIFe. We were grateful to all these Members for their quick and positive reply. A few minor hick-ups were solved, resulting in the updated list of World Shows which can be found on the official FIFe Show Calendar by ticking the checkbox FIFe special events.

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COVID-19 decisions (last update: 14.08.2020)

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Board decided on several special measures and exceptions to the rules:
● No General Assembly will be held in 2020
● The General Assembly 2021 will not be held in the last week of May but in the first week of June
● There will be no need to send the Judges Engagement form in 2020; all judges will retain the activity status they had on 01.01.2020 and no judge will move to the dormant judges list per 01.01.2021; of course, judges who were not active in 2019 but will be active in 2020 will be listed as active next year
● All judges will retain the seminar accreditation they had on 01.01.2020 and the 2017 General Assembly seminar accreditation will be valid until the 2021 General Assembly; all other seminar accreditations will be extended with 1 year too
● The validity for theoretical judges exams will be extended with 1 year
● The expiration date set for Breed Group exams will be prolonged with one year, i.e. until 31.12.2022
● Our Italian Member ANFI to organise the World Show in 2021 instead of in 2020 after agreement of future World Show organisers to move ahead on the list
● The Compulsory Student Judge Seminar on 27-28.06.2020 to be organised in a virtual meeting
● For all Winner Shows already listed on the official show calendar and to be organised prior to 01.06.2021, no qualifications are needed for cats to participate
● The incumbent Vice Treasurer, Vice Secretary and the three members of the Health & Welfare Commission to continue their positions for one year. At the General Assembly 2021, these two board and commission positions would be up for election for two years.

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