Pirate Party in the Netherlands General Assembly

Pirate Party in the Netherlands General Assembly

On Sunday, 6 July 2014, a General Assembly (GA) of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands was held in the city of  Utrecht. The turnout was around 55 persons at the meeting. On the agenda for the GA was the election of new board members, as the current administration was becoming too small, and there were several motions on the program, left from their previous GA which was dominated by the European ElectionsThe president opened the meeting and after a few words of thanks and welcome, a minute of silence was observed for Ronnie Popkema who passed away recently.

Board Elections

The meeting started with a motion to invalidate the GA, since invitations were sent late and the membership records were not up to date. The board concluded that the turnout at the GA showed that sufficient people were aware of the meeting and the motion was rejected.

Following this the board candidates were able to present themselves to the assembly. Three of the candidates were not present and their texts were read out for the assembled GA. The other candidates gave a short presentation and answered a round of questions from the audienceThe results of the board elections were that Luc Boon, Floor Drost and Wiel Maessen were appointed as directors until the end of 2014, where they will reinforce the current board members: Henk Heslinga, Steven Russchenberg, Harmke Lubbers and Bob Sikkema.

Discussions

After the board elections followed discussion of motions and requests. Among the discussions:

  • Arthur Govers made a plea to participate in the provincial elections. The opinion of the members was that it’s a good idea, as long as the initiative comes from the local parties themselves. The national party will in principle support such ambitions, but not initiate them.
  • Jelle de Graaf shared the experiences of the management committee for Amsterdam West, which got a lot of interest from the audience.

    Jelle de Graaf CC BY-SA Raymond van Vugt

    Jelle de Graaf
    CC BY-SA Raymond van Vugt

  • Raymond van Vugt had an extensive collection of written proposals that would modify the statutes and the rules of the party. However, the assembly was running out of time and it was decided to wait until 1st of September 2014 for a report on these proposals.

The complete minutes in Dutch (thanks to mr. Hontelé)

 

Featured image: Pirate Times CC BY-SA composite from images byPepijntje and PPNL

 

Post edited 18 July 2014 – Misspelled name corrected

Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar

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