Jamie Bridge from the IDPC was re-elected as the Chairperson of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) through the electronic voting held 12 – 13 April 2021. Jamie has been on the VNGOC Board since March 2017, and the Chair since March 2018.
Out of 174 members in good standing 150 registered to vote and in the end 147 voters cast their ballots electronically. Jamie won 88 votes.
In his candidature, Jamie said that:
I started my career working in further education and drugs services in the UK, having graduated in psychology in 2002. I went on to gain a Masters in drug policy, and have also worked with Harm Reduction International (HRI) and the Global Fund in Geneva, before returning to the UK to join the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). In addition to my roles at VNGOC, I have previously served on the Boards of Harm Reduction International and the UK National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF). Throughout my career, I have gained invaluable experience at the UN level as well as in networking and diplomacy.
Despite the breadth of views that are represented within the VNGOC membership, we have worked hard to emphasise our commonalities and work together. The Board has demonstrated its commitment to balance and transparency, and I would like to thank all VNGOC members for their support and engagement over the past few years. I hope that I can continue to deliver all of these things as your Chair for the next two years as well.
Congratulations to our colleague Jamie!
The new DPNSEE Board was elected at the General Assembly, held on 10th December 2018, in The Palace of Serbia, in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Chairman reminded the representatives of the member organisations that there is no clear procedure for this election in the Statute and proposed the following procedure:
- Select three persons for the commission (persons who are neither nominated nor a member of organisations whose members are nominated)
- Nominate candidates for the Board
- Vote anonymously for seven Board members
- Commission to count votes and declare the results
The proposed procedure was adopted by a unanimous decision.
Commission members that fulfill the criteria were selected:
- Olga Pateraki from Diogenis, Greece,
- Nataša Boškova from Coalition ‘Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities’, Macedonia and
- Marjana Krsmanović from Juventas Montenegro.
There were 9 candidates proposed for for the Board. Elected members of the DPNSEE Board are:
- Anna Lyubenova from Initiative for Health Foundation
- Denis Dedajić from Margina
- Marios Atzemis from Positive Voice
- Nebojša Đurasović from Prevent
- Safet Blakaj from Labyrinth
- Sanja Šišović from Cazas
- Vlatko Dekov from HOPS
The proposal to choose Vlatko Dekov as the President and Nebojša Đurasović as the Vice-President of the Board was adopted by a unanimous decision of all 16 member organisations representatives.
During the discussion about the elections, the proposals were made to change the Statute so that all functions other than president and vice-president become just „member“ and to extend the duration of the mandate of the Board members from two years to three. The Assembly at this meeting had 2/3 majority needed for the change of Statute. The proposed changes of the Statute were adopted by a unanimous decision.
Nebojša Đurasović proposed the new co-opting procedure – if somebody resigns from the Board during their mandate to be replaced with the first person below the line from the list of nominated but not elected persons if that person agrees. This proposal brought about a short discussion of possible issues in proposed case. On this proposed change of the Statute 14 member organisations representatives voted for and 2 against which was not sufficient majority for the Statute change, so it was not adopted.