We have two things to discuss at the meeting:
1) Where will the OEC be held next year?
The Czech Republic has offered to host it, but maybe others are interested too?
2) We have received some suggestions for additions to the rules and have to decide whether they should be included.
The suggested additions are:
The Open European Championships is a competition which will be held each year. The date is to be decided and announced by the hosting country no less than 10 months in advance.
Participants from all over the world can enter but the competition will always be held in a European country.
Up to two representatives from the competing countries will meet and decide where the competition will be held the next year. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the competition and announced no later than 6 months in advance.
Up to two representatives from the competing countries will meet and decide where the competition will be held the following two years. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the competition and announced no later than 6 months in advance.
Handlers can represent the country in which they reside or the country in which they have their citizenship.
Teams can be entered by the national FCI recognized Kennel Clubs or by a national HTM/freestyle organisation. The FCI recognized Kennel Clubs will get 4 weeks to submit their entries from the opening date before entries are allowed for independent entries and those from HTM/Freestyle organisations.
If there are more than 4 entries + a reserve from one country, the FCI recognized Kennel Clubs’ entries should be accepted before any others. If a Kennel Club does not wish to enter a team, the hosting country can decide which entries they wish to accept.
The ten dog and handler teams that have acquired the highest score in each of the disciplines qualify for the Individual Finals (10 Heelwork to Music and 10 Freestyle).
The OEC rules can only been changed at a meeting held in connection with the OEC. Two representatives from each competing country can participate in the meeting and rules can only be changed if 50% or more of the participating representatives vote for the changes. Rule changes agreed one year will come into force at the following year’s OEC.