EURALO organised several activities at the ICANN 56 meeting in Helsinki:
- The 2016 EURALO General Assembly
- Capacity Building Sessions
- A Joint Civil Society / EURALO Networking Event
A meeting of members of the EURALO Task Force on ALS engagement decided to ask for external counsel and help on re-drafting bylaws. The decision was made to re-start drafting a new set of bylaws based on a Swiss form of bylaws, which allows for a much simpler document that aligns better with the mission and form of a Regional At-Large Organisation (RALO).
EURALO’s main activities in May concentrated on the selection of its next ALAC member starting at the ICANN meeting in autumn. As there were two candidates nominated by the community, Veronica Cretu (Individual member) and Bastiaan Goslings (ISOC Netherlands), we had to conduct an Online voting with support of At-Large Staff in May. Both candidates submitted prior statements on the respective workspace and questions of gender and regional balance were equally considered. In the final vote Veronica Cretu was selected with a majority of 19 votes against 10 votes for Bastiaan Goslings for a two-years-term. During our monthly call we continued our preparations for the next General Assembly (GA) inline with the next ICANN Helsinki meeting by drafting an Agenda and preparing our Annual Report 2015-16. This year again EURALO selected five of its members under the CROPP program to attend the next EuroDIG on 9-10 June in Brussels – an annual key opportunity for outreach.
After ICANN’s Marrakech meeting in March EURALO concentrated its efforts on regular activities like its monthly call and almost weekly calls of its Task Force on the revision of the current bylaws.
After long discussions when some members asked for a review of our Bylaws some time ago already, we created a Task Force on this challenging issue after the Dublin GA. Meanwhile this TF has started its intensive work at the beginning of 2016 with regular to weekly calls to review our Bylaws and to adapt the bulky current version to EURALO’s actual functioning over the past years. It’s a time-taking work in progress and the TF members are keen to present a reviewed version to all members by the end of year.
In the second half of April, EURALO started its preparations for selecting our next ALAC member to replace Sandra Hoferichter who has served for six years at ALAC and wants to continue her engagement as EURALO’s next delegate to the NomCom by the end of year. Furthermore, the leaderships started first preparations for EURALO’s next General Assembly (GA) inline with the next ICANN Helsinki meeting which can be a virtual meeting only (not funded by ICANN).
As ICANN held its next international meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, at the beginning of March, EURALO concentrated its activities on preparation and inputs for this meeting. As usual, three regional ALAC representatives besides the two regional officers and the NomCom delegate participated in Marrakech. The highlight from this meeting was the adoption of WG proposals for the IANA transition by the whole community and ICANN constituencies.
In the second half of March, EURALO conducted its regular call with a briefing of its members on the recent meeting and concentrating on the ongoing work of the Task Forces besides an update of the EURALO flyer for outreach activities.
EURALO continued its current tasks and planning for the year 2016 by pushing the creation of the thematic Task Forces. The Board held its next regular call the day prior to our regular monthly call. Main topics were a briefing on current ALAC consultations, updates on the complex IANA transition and related WGs besides discussions on the creation of a Public Interest WG as well as preparing our next special budget requests for the fiscal year 2017.
The year started with the creation of two specific EURALO Task Forces (TF) on
a) ALS engagement (how to get our members better involved in current affairs) and
b) Review and potential revision of EURALO’s Bylaws
according to our planning.
Main activities were: a second call of the recently elected EURALO Board besides our regular monthly call. Among the main topics were updates on the ongoing CWG IANA / CCWG Accountability discussions, the creation of a Public Interest WG (Follow-up from the Dublin GA) besides preparing our next special budget requests for the fiscal year 2017 (starting in July 16).