from the European Vegetarian, issue 3/2002:
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 11 and
12 July 2002 in Edinburgh, UK
Start 20.15 h
TOP 1: Roll Call
Attending: as noted on attendance-list; Excused are: Board
members Barbara Ruetting, Andreas Moser, Irma Medkova, Renato Pichler,
Ulla Troeng, Marcel Hebbelink
Power of attorney had been sent by the Swiss Union for Vegetarianism.
TOP 2: Opening by the President
The EVU President, Dr. Igor Bukovsky, welcomes the participants and opens
TOP 3: Minutes of the last AGM
(Bad Alexandersbad/GE in December 2001)
The minutes are approved unanimously.
TOP 4: Report by the Secretary
The report by the Secretary is approved unanimously.
TOP 5: Report by the Treasurer
The report by the Treasurer is discussed and approved unanimously.
TOP 6: Report by the Auditors
The report of the auditors is approved unanimously. The bookkeeping is
TOP 7: Discussion about the Reports
There are no further questions.
TOP 8: Elections
a. The office periods of the Deputy President Hans van Boven and
the Secretary Herma Caelen end in 2002. Herma Caelen stands for re-election
and is elected unanimously.
Renato Pichier stands for Deputy President and is elected unanimously.
b. The office periods of the Board Members Dr. Claude Pasquini,
Barbara Ruetting, Andreas Moser, Ulla Troeng and Irma Medkova end. All
of them stand for re-election and are elected unanimously.
Two new candidates for the Board, Tobias Leenaert and Dorothea Löffler,
are elected unanimously.
Note. it is suggested to present future candidates on the website
some weeks before elections. This will be done.
TOP 9: Relationship EVU/IVU
The cooperation between EVU and IVU is working well on different levels
and is to be reinforced in the future.
TOP 10: EVU Logo
There is discussion about the name ("Logo" "Symbol"
- The question is raised about the criteria for approval in general and
in particular (why had the Vegetarian Society of UK approved "Quorn"
even though there had been animal testing involved?).
- The EVU-Logo has been introduced in Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany,
Belgium and The Netherlands and will be introduced in Russia.
- Further work to promote the Logo
will be done.
- A workshop is to take place in Brussels, probably in November 2002.
TOP 11: Congresses: Experiences of past congresses and discussion
on future events
1. The President gives a report about the situation.
2. The outline proposal of the Turkish organisers for the new event in
2003 (a "festival" in June, preferable middle or later June)
is read, followed by a lively discussion.
3. The Turkish proposal finds generalinterest.
4. Two persons officially request re-imbursement.
5. Brian Gunn King suggests that Vegan International joins the project
and promotes it through their channels. This EVU-Vegan international joint
project is agreed upon.
The AGM is informed that the Congress in Sweden has been cancelled.
The meeting adjourns at 22.15h. continuation on 12 July, 12.30 h. chaired
by the Treasurer and attended by Herma Caelen, Claude Pasquini. Tobias
Leenaert, Thomas Schoenberger, Francisco Martin, Maxwell Lee, Margaret
and Brian Gunn King. Margaret Grech, Nathalie Arnejo (representing the
Swiss Union for Vegetarianism).
TOP 11 continued: Congresses
c. AGM 2003
The proposal to hold the 2003 AGM in Gent/Belgium (5.-7. September 2003),
organised by EVA. is unanimously approved.
d. Future events
Francisco Martin / Asociacion Vegana Espanola, suggests a future event
A Congress Working Group is to be created.
TOP 12: Strategies for future work
A meeting is going to ta:ke place in Brussels to discuss the "European
Convention" which is to design the future of the Enlarged European
Union. At the same time the strategy for the European Vegetarian Union
is to be discussed.
TOP 13 Motions
First motion tabled by the Vegetarier-BundDeutschlands:
Binding regulations are to be developed on how products with V-label,
that are sold across ntional borders, can be tested in a standardised
The Board proposes that a Cmmittee, nominated by the Board, is to deal
with this and asll future questions in this context. The members of the
Commitee will be the Deputy President Renato Pichler, Treasurer Hildegund
Scholvien, President AVF Andre Mery, Board Member Tobias Leenart and Francis
If changes to the label-regulations become necessary without any impact
on the constitution, this Committee has the authority to do so.
However, should a change of the constitution become necessary, the Board
has the authority to agree to the necessary adaptations without further
This proposal is unanimously accepted.
Second motion tabled by the Swiss Union for Vegetarianism: "The
possibility is to be created that certain questions (elections) can be
decided upon also by mail and e- mail."
After some discussion it is decided unanimously: The possibility to vote
by e-mail does exist already for the EVU-Board mailing list. Any further
electronic or postal voting possibilities will not be implemented at the
TOP 14: Miscellaneous
no further points of discussion.
End of the meeting:
Hildegund Scholvien closes the meeting at 13.30h
Ghlin, 20 July 2002
Igor Bukovsky, EVUPresident
Hildegund Scholvien, Chairperson on 12 July
Herma Caelen, minute taker