Successful CMFE Conference in Cyprus
The first Conference and General Assembly of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) was held in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 17 to 19 November 2011, and hosted by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC). It was the first major event organised directly by CMFE and one of the key community media events of this year in Europe, bringing together over 100 conference participants from 19 European countries as well as members and guests from the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and the United States. Five plenary sessions included 24 contributions, where parallel sessions and workshops delivered a further 43 contributions. Representatives from the media regulatory authorities from Albania and the Czech Republic participated to the conference, as well as key representatives from civil society and institutions in Cyprus and Europe.
In this occasion CMFE also convened its 2011 ordinary General Assembly. Held on 17 November 2011, it brought together 51 out of 75 ordinary members, present or represented, the highest number in a General Assembly so far. After the approval of CMFE's 2009-2011 activities and financial reports, 2012 budget and action plan, a new Board of Directors was elected for the term 2011-2014. Composed of 13 members, the new Board includes representatives from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Pieter de Wit (The Netherlands) was confirmed President, Ciaran Murray (Ireland) is the new Secretary and Jaqui Devereux (United Kingdom) the new Treasurer of the association.