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Members Approve EDN's Future Plans at EDN General Assembly 2017


With a high number of attendees at this year's EDN General Assembly (G.A.) during IDFA in Amsterdam, members of the association have approved of the plans laid out for EDN over the coming years. The topics of the G.A. included a review of the Executive Report 2017, the financial situation of EDN and the approval of the new EDN by-laws.

EDN Director Paul Pauwels and E.C. member
Björn Jensen (Ginger Foot Films)

At this year's EDN General Assembly in Amsterdam, the association's members have greenlighted the way ahead for EDN in the coming year by voting for and thereby approving a new version of the EDN by-laws. The revised framework will allow the association to act and respond more efficiently with regards to the challenges and opportunities within the documentary sector in future. Both the current and revised by-laws can be reviewed on the EDN website here (member log-in required).

Out of 46 eligible voting papers submitted, 43 were in favor of the new by-laws with a total of three votes opposing the new legal framework. The majority of members participating in the voting procedure therefore approved the changes proposed by EDN's Executive Committee through the new by-laws.

With a view on the results of the annual general assembly, EDN Director Paul Pauwels said: "I was very pleased to notice that in spite of the very early starting hour, the G.A. was very well attended. It was important that members could voice their opinion about the proposal for the new by-laws and other matters related to its functioning. With the acceptation of the adapted by-laws, EDN is now ready to face the challenges that await us, always with the aim to serve its members - and the documentary community in general - to the best of its abilities".

The G.A. was followed by a two-part presentation of the recently launched "Media & Society" initiative, a programme designed to support the documentary sector by bringing together key industry stakeholders and drafting a blueprint for a sustainable future. Mor information about the Media & Society initiative can also be found here.

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