Executive Concil – June 2016

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Executive council of the SEC

Pescia June 17th-19th, 2016

1. Introductory communication

After recall of the transfer of the SEC of Venice to the European University Institute of Florence (its archives) and Pescia (its seat), the Council was informed of the opening of a “house of the SEC” with Pescia around May/June 2017, thanks to the financing of the Collodi Foundation.

From the start and all during the meeting President Margiotta insisted on the absolute necessity to start again the SEC because currently it lost any influence.

2. Contributions

The following amounts of contributions are proposed : 25 euros for the young people ; 50 for the individual members ; 500 or more for the legal people.

The SEC mainly audited its debts with respect to the commune of Venice but starts again to zero on the financial plan.

3. Modification of the Statutes

The modification of the Statutes is essential inter alia

  • to develop the SEC as a network and to confirm the autonomy of the national centres
  • to take account of the new seat of the SEC in Pescia

These modifications relate to mainly articles 4.23 and 24.27 and 28.

The National centres will inform of possible proposals for amendments to the Statute by next September.

4. Renewal of the composition of the Executive council

The names of several members of the Council, absent since years will be removed list. New members, by ex Michèle Favreau for the French Center, are quoted subject to approval by next AG.

5. European school of the food-growing policy

The creation of a European School of the food-growing policy :

  • could be under consideration near the European University Institute of Florence in order to create a kind of school of frameworks for the future European leaders

At the same ends of formation could be proposed :

– the creation of a Master degree of policy food-growing

– the creation of a Campagnolo pulpit on the model of the pulpit Jean Monnet

Finally the European Institute would have offered its support to the resumption of Summer School.

6. Review To understand

A new Director would have been found in the person of Professor Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister and currently science teacher policies in Paris.

An agreement was profiled on the following points relating to the review To understand :

  • its publication online exclusively
  • need for creating a Scientific advice of the Review
  • its drafting in 4 languages
  • its periodicity : 2 times the year
  • the designation of a referent for each language To understand.

The resumption of the publication To understand is a priority for the legibility of the Company.

The National centres are invited to propose names for the Scientific advice of the review.

7. Web site of the SEC international

It is in the course of reorganization

  • it would contain : history of the SEC ; statutes ; structure ; information on the activities ; photographs etc
  • the Members would only appear under their name (the address email would be of internal use only).
  • the National centres would appear with address, names of the persons in charge, links etc

The National centres are invited to send by September the list of their up to date members of contribution and their address email (of internal use). They will seek to recruit new members.

8. Collection of the classics of the food-growing policy

It appears important to diffuse classics of the food-growing policy at a rate of some titles a year. The Centers, in co-operation with the editors, are invited to make by September proposals of titles and editors.

9. International prize of the food-growing policy

The tradition of handing-over of a price of the SEC could be taken again but in a different spirit less to honour an intellectual or a recognized artist but to encourage a person engaged to defend and illustrate by its work, the policy food-growing.

Concretely :

– this price would be given once a year and of character symbolic system

– the choice of the member elect would be carried out, after one or two selections, by a Committee, in co-operation with editors (publicity of the work to the load as of editors ; respect of the parity of kind etc).

Next General Assembly

Next AG should be held at spring 2017 and be a strong event likely to start again the SEC. Its topic to be finalized in last analysis by the Office (General secretary President and Defect Presidents) could be :

The spirit of the democracy

Challenges and future prospects for the democracy for Europe and the world.

The following proposals for a place were advanced : Berlin ; Florence

President Margiotta insisted on the fact that the success of this AG would depend on the implication of all.

Exposed on the democracy

The Executive council heard on Saturday, June 18 morning the talks of MM Giuseppe Goisis and Michael Schäfer on the future of the democracy, probable subject of next AG. The texts of these talks will be forwarded by their authors to the international Secretariat for their diffusion.

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