European Tibetan Congress

Guidelines

GUIDELINE FOR TIBETAN COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE (CLICK HERE FOR TIBETAN VERSION)

1. Purpose

The purpose of this guideline is to set a framework that clarify processes and create a mechanism for cooperation between the communities. A Tibetan Community in Europe (“Community”) is defined as an association with elected board members that represent all Tibetans of a specific European country.

2. PRESIDENTIAL MEETINGS

2.1 Aim: A small forum for community presidents to increase cooperation and coordination.

2.2 Participants: One president from each community will attend the Presidential meetings. If the President cannot attend the meeting, a board member of the community can represent him/her.

2.3 Organization: The host of the presidential meeting will organize the meeting in consultation with the other communities. Presidents will cover their own travel costs and contribute with a meeting fee.

2.4 Location/Time: Presidential meetings will preferably be held in smaller countries or countries with smaller Tibetan communities. The “Presidential meeting” and the “Europe Tibetan Congress” (ETC) will be held on alternate years.

3. EUROPE TIBETAN CONGRESS

3.1 Aim: ETC works to:

– Promote the common interests of Tibetans living in Europe
– Educate Tibetans in Europe of the culture of Democracy and Rule of Law
– Integrate Tibetans living in Europe to the society of their respective country of residency

To meet these aims, ETC. will put in place a common framework of cooperation and coordination between the communities.

3.2 Participants: Boardmembers of each community (maximum 10 persons from each country) can attend the ETC as delegates with voting rights. Any tibetan living in Europe can attend the ETC as observers without voting rights.

3.3 Organization: The host community of the ETC will rotate by following the alphabetic order of the country of the communities. The “ETC Organizing Committee” consists of the previous host, current host and next host for ETC. The current host community is the main organizer of the meeting in close consultation and agreement with the Presidents of the communities. Each delegate will cover their own travel costs and contribute with a conference fee.

3.4 Location/Time: ETC meetings will preferably be held in countries with good transport connections and/or larger Tibetan communities. The “Presidential meeting” and the “Europe Tibetan Congress” (ETC) will be held on alternate years.

4. DECISION MAKING PROCEDURES

4.1 Democratic principles shall guide interaction between communities. Resolutions require 2/3 majority of the delegates to be adopted. Resolutions adopted at meetings are implemented by all communities.

4.2 If individual countries cannot adopt the resolution (or part of the resolution), they can extend their reservations to the resolution at the time of adoption. 

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