The Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau held its monthly teleconference Feb. 13 and approved a revised agenda for the Extraordinary General Assembly, which will take place April 29 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The agenda includes two proposed changes to the FEI Statutes: the extension of the term in office of the FEI President, and the creation of a new FEI body, the FEI Olympic Council. The main goal of the new council will be to create a permanent liaison between the FEI and the members of the Olympic family with an equestrian background.
The FEI Bureau also decided to postpone the ordinary FEI General Assembly until after the extraordinary session of the International Olympic Committee, which will be held in Monaco, Dec. 8-9. Key decisions concerning the Olympic program are expected to be taken by the IOC Session. As a result, the FEI General Assembly, which was originally scheduled to take place from Nov. 3-6, will now be organized from Dec. 11-14. The venue for the General Assembly remains unchanged in Dubai.
Other important decisions taken by the Bureau include:
- The allocation of the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles to Izsak, Hungary, Sept. 24-28;
- reopening the bid for the 2014 FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors;
- the change of dates for the 2014 FEI European Driving Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children, Wałbrzych, Poland, from July 24-27 to Aug. 21-24;
- the allocation of the 2014 Oceania Eventing Championships to Melbourne, Australia, June 6-9;
- the approval of the calendar and the rules of the 2014 FEI Nations Cup eventing;
- the creation of a permanent body between the FEI and World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses, such as an FEI And WBFSH council, to ensure cooperation between the two organizations;
- seeking a Memorandum of Understanding between the FEI and the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire.