By EUROCLIO President Lóa Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir
The board met in the beautiful city of Leiden on 13th – 15th of May. The main purpose of the meeting was team building. Apart from standard board work we had active work on EUROCLIO’s bigger picture, overall picture on EUROCLIO’s work, policies, actions, services and vision. Jonathan prepared a session on for us, thank you Jonathan for that. And we had a very fruitful discussions and dialogue on the vision for the future. For the venue of meeting we enjoyed the hospitality of an NGO in the city housed in an old building that was originally an orphanage. I am sure that the nice surrounding made our work more fruitful and certainly more enjoyable. Also, I am happy to say that our two new board members, Frank van den Akker, our special financial adviser, and Sinaéd Fitzsimons who was elected at the GA in Belfast did very well and I am looking forward to working with the board further on the vision and what kind of EUROCLIO we want to be.
On 11 September the EUROCLIO Board and Secretariat met online for the second board meeting of 2015. The Board Committee structure that was initiated during the Board Meeting in Speyer in October 2014 is now fully functioning and the results of the Finance Committee, Membership Committee and Policy Committee fed into the agenda of the full Board Meeting. The agenda included an update by the Financial Committee, the draft budget for 2016, discussed the upcoming membership survey (the idea was introduced during the General Assembly in Denmark), reviewed the action planning and discussed the planning and bid for the annual conference in 2016 and 2017. In an extraordinary board meeting in October 2015, the Board will make the final decision for the location of the General Assembly and Annual Conference in 2017, taking into account on the financial advice from the Finance Committee. The next physical board meeting is planned to take place in December 2015 in The Hague.