Pirate Parties International First Online General Assembly
The first Online GA for Pirate Parties International was held on Sunday 29 March 2015.
It was held in a specially designed conference room in the Mumble instance held on the servers of the Pirate Party of North Rhine Westphalia in conjunction with a Piratepad and was conducted with no more problems than would be expected at a conference held at a physical location.
There were 16 Pirate Parties represented, which was enough to establish a quorum of 1/3 of the ordinary 41 members. The PPI members present were: Catalonia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Poland (after lunch). Observer organisations present were Pirates Without Borders and the Pirate Party of Aargau, Switzerland
Stathis Leivaditis (PPGR) headed the meeting as chairperson, with the help of Vojtech Pikal (PPCZ) as vice chairperson. The minutes were taken by Jens Stomber (PP-DE) and the votes tabulated by Ben Vidulich (PP-NZ).
After an intense discussion over the rights of board members to use membership fees for travel and accommodation, the first motion to be passed was regarding the right of PPI to raise fees. The motion AF2 was passed with 10/14 votes (which is greater than the two thirds needed). The passed motion [unedited] reads:
The meeting broke for lunch and at the reconvening 30 minutes later, there was no longer a quorum. However, an observing board member from the Pirate Party of Poland was able to become a delegate for his Party.
There were a series of policy statements that the PPDE wanted PPI to adopt, but these were delayed as it was felt there was not sufficient time to discuss the individual motions and that a committee should be established to garner consensus within the members on the policy proposals.
Also the board was given approval for a plan to investigate the granting of PPI membership for individuals for a yearly fee. They will bring a formal proposal at the Warsaw conference in July.
The Pirate Party of Italy proposed that The PPI General Assembly should commit to the implementation of an online eDemocracy system as is already outlined in the statutes. The deadline of 30 June 2015 was imposed on the board to have a suitable system in place.
The pad used for the conference is available online
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