The Structure of FICE

The General Assembly (AG)

The General Assembly is open to all members of FICE. The General Meeting :

  • has the ultimate control over decisions
  • decides on the admission of new members
  • elects the honorary officers of FICE-International.

It usually meets once every two years at the beginning of FICE's main two-yearly international Congress. Every country which is a full member of FICE has two votes at the General Assembly.

The Federal Council (CF)

CF stands for Conseil Fédéral, the French title for the Council.

In between General Meetings, decisions on FICE policy and business are taken by the Federal Council. This is made up of two voting representatives from each country which is a Full Member of FICE, though Associate Members may also send representatives and individuals from countries where there is no member organisation may be invited to participate at the discretion of the President.

The Federal Council usually meets twice a year, in the spring and autumn, and the meetings rotate around the various member countries. The CF is in effect the main forum for the debate of FICE business, and the place where it develops its international identity. It discusses matters such as :

  • the admission of new members
  • programmes of international activities
  • international projects
  • constitutional issues
  • items to be put to the General Assembly
  • finance
  • reports from UNESCO, EU and ECOSOC
  • reports from National Members
  • policy issues concerning children and young people

The business meetings are usually accompanied by visits to services for children and by a day seminar organised by the host member for workers from their country, but often using the opportunity of the Federal Council's presence to involve an international range of speakers.

The Executive Committee (CE)

CE stands for Comité Executif, the French version of the Committee's title.

In between Federal Council meetings, the President, Secretary General and Treasurer meet from time to time :

  • to prepare the CF's business
  • to take interim decisions on action required before the next meeting.

At the President's discretion, other people such as Vice Presidents may be invited to participate in the CEs.

The Audit Committee

The Federal Council has one Subcommittee, made up of three CF members, whose role is to scrutinise the accounts on behalf of the CF.


It is the intention of FICE-Inter to encourage the creation of continental groupings of Members, so that conferences and other activities can be organised around the world, and so that funding sources available within continents may be approached. So far, FICE-Europe is the only continental group to have been set up.

It has its own officers, including President, Secretary and Treasurer, its own constitution and a separate subscription to fund its activities. It also has its own website. [Click here]

Working Groups

From time to time, Working Groups are set up to address particular issues or draft reports.