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UNICA 2013
75th General Assembly

Fieberbrunn (AUT) 30th August 2013

Committee Members Attending

  • Georges Fondeur (President)
  • Jeanne Glass (Vice-President)
  • Jan Essing (Secretary General)
  • Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer)


  • Wolfgang Freier
  • Artashes Hovanessian
  • Rolf Leuenberger
  • Rolf Mandolesi
  • Stanislaw Puls
  • Alois Urbanek

Also Present

  • Max Hänsli (Honorary President)
  • Fred Graber (Friends of UNICA)
  • Wolfgang Freier (UNICA Patronage)
  • Claire Auda (Translations)
  • Alois Urbanek (Congress President)
  • Serge Michel (IFTC Liaison)
  • Wolfgang Schweiger (Executive Director)

Not Present

  • Zeljko Balog (Adviser)
  • Arie de Jong (Webmaster)

Federations Represented

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Republic Of Korea
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Ukraine

Portrait of Alois Urbanek.1. Opening address by the President of the Congress

The President of the Congress Alois Urbanek welcomes the attendees to the General Assembly. Claire Auda and her interpreter team translate the meeting simultaneously into French, German and English.

2. Federations / Representatives / Deputies

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia - Art Hovanessian & Arman Aaronyan
  • Austria - Dr. Georg Schörner & Alois Urbanek
  • Belgium - Michelle Cooreman & André Lion
  • Bulgaria - Vladimir Iliev & Stanimira Ilieva
  • Switzerland - Rolf Diehl & Ernst Wicki
  • Czech Republic - Dipl Ing. Ladislav Františ & Dipl. Ing. Jan Vačlena
  • Germany - Barbara Zimmermann & Bernhard Zimmermann
  • Spain - Josep Rota
  • Estonia - Jaak Järvine
  • Finland - Pentti Kemppinen
  • France - Marie Cipriani & Philip Sevestre
  • United Kingdom - Alan Atkinson & John Gibbs
  • Georgia
  • Croatia - Aleksander Muharemovic
  • Italy - Rolf Mandolesi
  • Republic Of Korea - Yong Ho Kim & Misoon Seo / Sangchul Kim
  • Liechtenstein - Ralf Klossner & Hans Schober
  • Luxembourg - Jean Reusch & Louis Schmitz
  • Macedonia - Mitze Chapovski
  • Netherlands - Vladimir Murtin & Bouke Jasper
  • Poland - Stani Puls
  • Romania - Emil Mateias
  • Russia - Nina Zaytseva & Viacheslav Zaitcev
  • Slovakia - PhDr. Zuzana Škludová & Jan Kuska
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine - Ievgen Maksymov & Iurii Ripenko
  • Uzbekistan

The membership of UNICA currently is 31 countries. The maximum number of votes is 31.

7 countries are not attending nor represented, so 24 countries are present or represented at the start of the meeting. So more than 50% of the members are present and therefore the assembly is qualified to vote and to decide.

The majority to this meeting will thus be 13.

> Part 2

  • Report of Friends of UNICA
  • Report of Patronages
  • Report of the delegate to I.F.T.C.
  • Report regarding UNICA Web
  • Discharge of the Committee
  • Election of a new auditor
  • Admission and resignation of members
  • Discussion and vote about proposals of the Committee

>Part 3

  • Discussion and vote about proposals submitted by members
  • Determination of next year's contribution
  • Confirmation of the budget
  • Selection of the place and dates of the congress in future years
  • Miscellaneous, without vote

Other Papers

3. AGM Organisation

Proposals by the Committee:

Chairman of the General Assembly - Georges Fondeur
Secretary - Jan Essing
Vote counters - Bernhard Zimmerman (DEU) & Emil Mateias (ROU)

Approved unanimously.

4. Confirmation of the agenda

The Agenda receives unanimous approval.

Portrait of Georges Fondeur.5. Address by the President of UNICA

At the instruction of the General Assembly, the address by the President is not sent out before the meeting, but presented personally by the President during the meeting.

The president emphasises his gratitude towards to Alois Urbanek for the well-organized UNICA Congress and Festival so far in Fieberbrunn. There are no questions regarding the President's address (read it here).

Unanimous approval of the address, with thanks and applause for the President.

6 Vote on the Minutes of the General Assembly UNICA 2012 in Russe (BGR)

The Minutes in three languages were sent to the federations. There are no questions regarding them.

The Minutes receive unanimous approval, with thanks and applause for the Secretary General, Jan Essing.

7. Report of the Committee by the Secretary General

The extensive report in three languages with detailed information was sent to the federations. (Read it here.) There are no questions. The report of the Committee is accepted with unanimous approval, with thanks and applause for the Secretary General, Jan Essing.

Portrait of Thomas Kraeuchi.8. Report of the Treasurer

The report (in 3 languages) was sent to the federations. (Read it as a pdf here.)

Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer): A small profit was made during 2012. South-Korea helped with the purchase of rather inexpensive medals for next 3 festivals. They have been activated for 1€

For three years HUN hasn’t paid their annual contribution, so they have to be expelled from the list of affiliated countries.

The report of the treasurer is approved unanimously and welcomed with thanks and loud applause to the treasurer,Thomas Kräuchi.

9. Report of the Auditors

Louis Schmitz (LUX) reads the Auditors' report aloud during the meeting. (Read it here as pdf.)

Ralk Klossner (LIE) and Louis Schmitz (LUX) performed this year's audit. They scrutinized the bookkeeping and the bank accounts and declare that everything complies with the budget and mandates. They are confident in the way the treasurer performs his task and propose acceptance of all previous reports of the treasurer.

There are no questions regarding the Report of the Auditors.

10. Report of the Film Librarian

Since Hans Schober (ex-Librarian) quit his office as Film librarian the films have been stored in the house of Thomas Kräuchi (treasurer) No films have been requested since then, other than for the compiling of a special DVD for the IFTC, organised by Serge Michel (IFTC Liaison).

Georg Schörner (AUT): We are in the fortunate possession of annual DVDs, but it would be good to know exactly what happens with the films, originally based on celluloid. We have good reserves in the balance sheet, and maybe it would be wise to use it for digitising the old films. In that way affiliated countries could use those films as well. UNICA not only has the obligation to preserve films but also to use film for education and information. For that we shouldn’t rely solely on video but also on films.

Georges Fondeur (president):  This issue will be discussed under item #18

These Minutes were approved by the 2014 AGM.
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