Two years after the last FIS Congress in Miami (USA), the 45th International Ski Congress will take place from 21st to 27th May 2006.
What is the Congress?
As per the FIS Statutes, the Congress represents the highest authority of the FIS. It has the following functions:
â€¢ Establishing and modifying the Statutes and the International Ski Competition Rules;
â€¢ Reviewing the business reports of the Council, the accounts and reports of the auditors; granting discharge to the Council;
â€¢ Approving the budget including the annual subscriptions and fees;
â€¢ Electing the Council and the auditors;
â€¢ Affiliating and excluding Member Associations including associate members;
â€¢ Deciding on the proposals of the Member Associations and the Council as well as deciding on appeals against Council decisions;
â€¢ Introduction, modification or cancellation of events.
The Congress participants will be accommodated in the Hotel Marinotel at Vilamoura/Algarve (POR), where also the meetings of the FIS Committees, the Council and the General Assembly will take place. In addition, there will be an exhibition of the candidates for the FIS World Championships in 2010 & 2011, the elected 2007, 2008 & 2009 FIS World Championship organizers, FIS Partners and Sponsors.
The various FIS Committee and Council meetings are scheduled from Sunday, 21st May — Wednesday, 24th May while the Council will convene on Thursday, 25th May, and the General Assembly on Friday, 26th May. In addition, the Congress participants are invited to join a Jeep Safari excursion on 25th May to see the beautiful coastal cliffs and several traditional villages, and enjoy a lunch made of Portuguese specialties. A FIS Golf Tournament will also take place during the FIS Congress week.
As of now, 781 participants representing 60 nations, including 58 of the 67 full, voting members, have been registered. Close to 1000 participants are expected to join the first-ever FIS Congress in Portugal. All National Ski Associations should shortly have received the Congress Agenda along with the 200-page Congress Book and other supporting documentation.