[EURO-Discuss] follow our own bylaws

Stefan Hügel sh at fiff.de
Wed May 9 06:38:18 EDT 2007

Dear colleagues,

first of all, thanks to Annette for your statement I fully agree with.

Having been silent most of the time up to now (I may have to  
apologize for that), it is exactly the spirit of working together in  
a cooperative manner, which I miss in many of the discussions here.

It sometimes seems to me like it is all about legal issues - and  
nothing else. How can participation work, if you have to go through  
pages of legal arguments to follow any discussion?

As Annette said - let us start working together on content, on  
outreach, on issues significant for ICANN policies. And let's stop  
these formal arguments, which do not let us achieve any progress.


Am 08.05.2007 um 19:12 schrieb Annette Muehlberg:

> Dear all,
> We started off to build the EURALO in such a good spirit that we  
> even called our report on our kick off Meeting in Frankfurt May  
> 2006 "The spirit of Frankfurt".
> Where are we now? After Lisbon an absurd discussion about deadlines  
> of nomination periods started which almost lead to the exclusion of  
> those ALS representatives who were in easter vacation.
> Now, a legal advice is asked for on a nomination of a candidate as  
> if it matters if someone became a member of an ALS during  
> nomination period or at the first day of the period of discussion  
> of the nominations - both definately before the actual decision  
> taking/voting on the candidates.
> All this is such a bureaucratic argy-bargy (german: Hickhack).
> We do not need to love each other but should be able to respect and  
> work with each other: cooperative, not trying to exclude but to  
> integrate different positions.
> In short, we should start to follow our own bylaws:
> - as stated for Board and General assembly we should operate "to  
> the maximum extent possible via consensus" (9.2.21 and
> - "The Association shall at all times act in an open, accountable  
> and transparent manner and is committed to cultural and geographic  
> diversity and gender balance in its work internally and  
> externally." (3.4)
> The current state is:
> - We have one candidate seconded by the european consumer  
> protection/civil liberties ALSes who are not ISOC members. This  
> candidate comes from Moldova, is female, comes from a non-EU  
> country with a rather developing IT-infrastructure.
> We have two candidates from Luxembourg and France, both male, both  
> EU, both western region, both members of the same umbrella  
> organisation, seconded by all the members of the very same  
> organisation - ISOC).
> Let us take our bylaws serious concerning diversity and reaching  
> consensus among us. In this case the latter means, let us both  
> accept, that there are more or less two equally strong opinions  
> expressed and try to have a fair representation of both postions.
> - We have nine nominees for the board and agreed to have the one  
> join, who will not make it in the selection for the ALAC (and all  
> three ALAC members will join as non-voting members).
> This is great!
> Instead of trying to put each other down and vote out, we should be  
> happy that we have these great people who are willing to serve the  
> EURALO board and stop all this destructive stuff. Let us welcome  
> all to the EURALO Board!
> Let us start working together on content, on outreach, on issues  
> significant for ICANN policies.
> Best
> Annette

Stefan Hügel (sh at fiff.de)

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