Proposal for PPI to Levy Affiliation Fees at Online GA on 29th March
Following the decision of the PPI Court of Arbitration (see below) PPI will make an anewed attempt to levy fees.
Registered Parties will be required to pay according to a formula. Unregistered parties, such as PPNZ, can determine the level of fees they wish to pay.
On December 19th the Court of Arbitration received an official complaint
from PPAU "[challenging] against motions relating to affiliation fees at
the 2014 General Assembly". The full complaint can be found here:
The request from PPAU is as follows:
"The Court of Arbitration is requested to do the following:
Immediately introduces an injunction against the PPI board regarding
requesting or accepting membership fees until this case is concluded, as
per the powers of XIVa(1) and (3)(a);
Makes a determination that "fixed in relation to the finances and
membership of parties" should be interpreted to mean a consistently applied
formula for determining fees based on that criteria, without exception;
Makes a determination that the General Assembly did not approve any
affiliation fee that would meet the requirements of XVI(1), either due to
lack of a motion meeting those requirements, or a motion failing to carry
due to the requirements of XI(2);
Makes a determination that motions relating to affiliation fees must
meet all of the requirements ofXI(2), XVI(1) and XVI(2);
Makes a determination as to whether or not XVI applies to observer
members, as XV(a) seems to imply;
Makes a determination as to whether or not the current PPI board is
meeting the requirements ofXVII(3), which is necessary for the purpose of
knowing whether it is safe to send affiliation fees to the PPI board.
Should the board be found to not be meeting these requirements, they should
be required to apply to the CoA for a determination on whether they meet
XVII(3) prior to requesting any affiliation fees in the future, and;
Makes a determination that any attempt by the PPI board to accrue
affiliation fees to be without authority or basis until a future General
Assembly resolves otherwise."
After carefully reading the argumentation from PPAU and looking into this,
the Court of Arbitration concluded that:
As mentioned by PPAU in request 3: the PPI statutes XI(2) state that any
motions on affiliation fees need to be carried by a 2 third majority. The
minutes of the 2014 GA state the following result for the vote on the
affiliation fees: 12 yes, 9.5 no, 2 Abstensions.
This is not a 2 third majority and therefor the motion is not approved.
This means that the current affiliation fees are still 0 euro as they were
before this vote on the 2014 GA.
The Court of Arbitration comes to conclude (relating request 1 and 7) that
the PPI board right now does not have the authority to ask any affiliation
fees from any PPI member. However a PPI member is always free to give a
voluntary donation to PPI as it sees fit.
As for the requests in point 2, 4, 5 and 6, the Court of Arbitration feels
these requests are no longer urgent right now as affiliation fees are at
the moment 0 euro. It is better to have an agreement between members about
this instead of a ruling by the Court of Arbitration.
Therefor the Court proposes to have a discussion at length on the
affiliation fees with all the members on the next GA to clear things out.
This discussion should also include the points raised by PPAU, but not
handled by the Court of Arbitration right now.
The Court of Arbitration
Bradley Hall, Gijs Peskens, Vasilis Perantzakis, Henrique Peer, Kjell Segers
Andrew Reitemeyer started a proposal Mon 23 Mar 2015
Should we support the PPI motion to be able to levy affiliation fees? Closed Fri 27 Mar 2015
|Agree - 2|
|Abstain - 2|
|Disagree - 2|
|Block - 2|
Thu 26 Mar 2015
I believe that the PPI should be provided with the funds necessary to do the expected work.
I also agree that non-registered parties cannot be asked for more than donations.
Hence, non-registered parties should abstain from this decision.