Full Members represent their countries as National Members on the Federal Council and at General Assemblies. Regardless of the size of the country or of the Member, each country has two votes.
Full Members pay a subscription based upon a formula devised by Richard Joubert, the Treasurer, which takes account of the population of the country, its wealth in terms of average earnings and the size of the organisation which is seeking to be a member.
If a Member ceases to pay the subscription, membership lapses.
Where two organisations represent a country, each one has one vote.
In order to become a Full Member, organisations go through the stage of being Associate Members, while FICE-International considers their application.
Usually, this means that the applicant :
In particular, Associate Members need to demonstrate that :
- their organisation's aims
are consistent with those of FICE
The period of Associate Membership usually last one or two years, and during this period no fees are required.
Individual and Organisational Membership
The Federal Council has recently authorised a new policy to permit individuals and organisations to join FICE-International directly if there is no National Member in their country for them to join.
They do not have votes in the General Assembly or Federal Council, but at the discretion of the President, they may attend and take part in FICE-International's activities. Members joining in this way may become involved before deciding how best to establish a National Member organisation in their country.
The annual subscription is 200 Swiss Francs for organisations and 40 Swiss Francs for individuals.
The Benefits of Membership
The benefits of Individual and Organisational Membership of FICE-International are :
Individual and Organisational Members do not have the right to vote, either at the Federal Council or at the General Assembly.
The benefits of National Membership of FICE are :
If you wish to join FICE, you should contact the President's office.