Dear PCCC Delegates,
As stated in my message to you from March 25th, a recent initiative of the FIDE is to regard our PCCC not any more as a commission within FIDE, but as an independent organization.
A PCCC Presidium meeting was held in Bratislava at the end of March to discuss this issue, among others, with the participation of Uri Avner (President), Hannu Harkola (1st VP), Marko Klasinc (2nd VP), Kjell Widlert (3rd VP, via email), Klaus Wenda (HP and advisor) and Guenter Buesing (Secretary).
The Presidium found no reason to contest the above FIDE decision, as, in reality, this reflects the de facto situation of PCCC independence as it has been for the last half-century. Moreover, this status may well be to our advantage and open up new horizons for developing our activity.
In accordance with this realization, all our ongoing activities and past decisions as well as our Statutes and the election of our Presidium at Wageningen 2006 will remain valid exactly as before.
These conclusions are supported and adopted not only by your President and all Presidium members, but also by all three Honorary Presidents - Klaus Wenda, Bedrich Formanek and John Rice.
In our independent status we shall strive to maintain mutual respect, as well as direct and friendly relationship with FIDE in accordance with our Statutes. In the situation where no prior conditions are imposed by either side, we may choose to become affiliated to FIDE. We have every reason to expect the FIDE to recognize our past as well as future titles.
Our independent organization will register, probably in Switzerland, under the name of: "International Chess Composition Union" (ICCU), if approved by the Commission on its next meeting. This name was carefully selected and confirmed as very appropriate by our English speaking friends. Its abbreviation does not collide with that of any other chess organization.
Will ALL members please let me know (as soon as possible but no later than the end of April) if the above change will affect their membership of the PCCC? In other words, do you intend to continue your membership of the PCCC (now ICCU as provisional name) in its contemporary state of independence?
My thanks for the encouragement and good advice received from so many of you in this transitional and challenging period.
Best wishes to all,
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