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Summer Meeting of the European CommitteeMeeting in Rome
The Room is Ready
May the Session begin!
© Craig Turpie / WSB
Less than fifteen months are left of the current triennium.Reason enough for the European Scout Committee to
look back on achievements made and review challenges
encountered in the Region’s different Working Groups
and Core Groups
, when it met earlier this month at theRoma Scout Centre for its regular summer meeting.Other business on the agenda included discussion and
approval of the Regional Budget
for the period October2012-September 2013 and the
creation of a legal entity forthe European Regional Office
to promote greatertransparency of governance and management of the affairsof the Region.
Karin Ahlbäck and V
emund Ovesen, Member of and Youth Advisor to the World Scout Committee, respectively, briefedthe Committee on
most recent developments on theWorld level
and its different working groups and task forces. The Committee was the guest of the leadership of theFederazione Italiana dello Scautismo (FIS) for dinner andalso renewed contacts with members of the InternationalCommittee of the Associzione Guide e Scouts CattoliciItaliani (AGESCI) when the outgoing InternationalCommissioner handed over his responsibilities to hissuccessor.
The Committee noted with satisfaction that the actionsidentified for each of the objectives set out in the RegionalScout Plan were generally being sucessfully undertaken by the different Working and Core Goups. A overview of theKey Performance Indicators set for the different actions was
part of the Committee’s discussions. While most KPIs
appeared to be on track, some had been set too optimisticaly and adjustments were necessary.Important Regional Events had taken place this Spring,notably the
JUMP Event in Denmark
, the Region’s
principal meeting, with WAGGGS, in the area of Growththrough Quality, which saw some 50 Leaders from across thetwo Regions discuss matters relevant to this are of work.Innovative approaches in the area of Youth Programme and Adult Resources were the focus of the
. More than 140 participants gathered forthis major event in Romania and actively contributed tosharing their experiences.Due to changing professional repsonsibilities within theRegional Committee, and to maintain a good level of contactand follow-up, the Committee agreed to
temporarilyredistribute some Committee Contact Countries
.Concerned NSOs will be advised directly.
Regional Scout Plan 2010-2013
Following the success of the meeting last year and in view of
next year’s European Scout Conference, Coordinators and
staff members engaged in the five Working Groups andthree Core Groups of the Region were invited to join theCommittee for half a day.
Extensive exchanges and small group work
providedcommittee members, coordinators and staff members withthe opportunity to share information about
of their work. The session also looked moreclosely at how further to improve the delivery of TailoredSupport, considering also initial developments in the Worldlevel Global Support Working Group.It was noted that the
move from factory to consultancy
had been more difficult than anticipated for all entitiesinvolved. However, the large number of projects wasencouraging.
Activities Several successful Regional events this spring contributed to further progress being made inachieving a number of the objectives set in theRegional Scout Plan 2010-2013.Legal Entity Concluding a process which had started severalyears ago, the Committee approved thecreation of a legal entity and subsequently received the report of the inaugural assembly of
the new “World Scout Bureau –
EuropeanRegional Office (WSB-
to beforwarded to the World level for approval.New Staff
José Figueira, from Protugal, joined the staff at
the Geneva Office as Project Officer,Educational Methods, in April. Also in April, Marguerite Potard, from France,has completed the team at the Brussels Officeas project assistant for cooperation anddevelopment.