Handbook ::  A. Administrative Subjects

Chapter 08 - The Commissions of FIDE

Commissions
In order to facilitate the work of FIDE, Commissions shall be formed.  In the case of those Commissions that are not elected by the General Assembly, the regulations are in Administration Subjects A.02.
 
Elected Commissions
 
Ethics Commission (ETH)
1 Objectives and Competencies

The Ethics Commission shall consider any alleged breaches of FIDE Code of Ethics as specified in the FIDE Code of Ethics and in accordance with the Ethics Commission Procedural Rules.

The Ethics Commission shall have competence over cases that come under the jurisdiction of FIDE and over the conduct of FIDE officials.

The Ethics Commission shall have jurisdiction over the conduct of officials of member federations, associations, leagues and clubs as well as players, players’ agents and match agents if the case on which the alleged violation is based has international implications or affects various national federations of FIDE and is not judged at national level.

The Ethics Commission shall also have jurisdiction over national cases if the competent organs of the national chess federations fail to prosecute such infringements or fail to prosecute them in compliance with the fundamental principles of law. National chess federations may attribute to the Ethics Commission an appeal competence over decisions of corresponding national organs when cases have international implications.

The Ethics Commission may give an advisory opinion on the interpretation of the FIDE Statutes or on any linked legal question on any ethical matter at the request of any FIDE organ authorized by or in accordance with the FIDE Statutes.

2 Membership 
  2.1 The ETH shall consist of five members.
  2.2 The FIDE President, a Continental President or a Federation may nominate the members.
  2.3 The Chairman and the other members of the Commission shall be elected by the GA for four years, shall not belong to the same Federation and shall not be re-elected for more than two consecutives mandates.
  2.4 If a member can no longer act through resignation or otherwise, he shall be replaced by the GA, or the EB if the GA is not in session, for the remaining time of his mandate.
  2.5 An independent Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Commission, composed by three members who shall not belong to the same Federation of the Ethics Commission members, may be nominated by the Presidential Board and charged to address motivated reports to the Ethics Commission on specific cases or typologies of cases.
3  Proceedings 
  3.1  Procedural rules are set out in the appendix to the Code of Ethics in Article A.09.
 
Constitutional Commission (CON)
1  Objectives 
  1.1  To review any statutes changes
  1.2  To ensure that statutes changes occur in conformity with the procedural rules mentioned in the statutes
  1.3  To ensure that the legality of FIDE statutes is fully respected
2  Membership 
  2.1 The Constitutional Commission shall consist of 5 members with, if possible, experience in the field of constitutional law. They shall be nominated by FIDE President, a Continental President, or by a Federation. They shall be elected by the GA for four years and shall not belong to the same Federation.
3  Proceedings 
  3.1  The Chairman and the other members of the Commission shall be elected by the GA for four years and shall not belong to the same Federation.
  3.2  The Constitutional Commission shall meet at least once a year. If there is a need, for urgent reasons, an extraordinary meeting may be called by FIDE President or by the Chairman of the Commission.
  3.3  The Constitutional Commission shall report once a year to the GA, the EB or to the PB whenever an urgent situation arises.
  3.4  If a member of the Commission is unable to act through resignation or otherwise, or is absent from two successive meetings, he shall be replaced by the GA or the EB for the remaining period of the mandate. If the Chairman or Secretary is unable to act then the remaining members must immediately elect a replacement.
 
Verification Commission (VER)
1 Objectives
  1.1 To verify the annual accounts and the financial statements prepared by the Treasurer, review the external audit report and make recommendations to the GA or to the EB when the GA is not in session.
  1.2  To achieve their duties, the VER members have access to all documents related to expenses, income and statements of the Treasurer
2 Membership 
  2.1  The VER shall consist of three members, with financial experience and expertise if possible. They shall be nominated by a Federation, Continental President or by the FIDE President. They shall be elected by the GA for four years and may not belong to the same Federation.
3 Proceedings 
  3.1  The members of the VER shall elect the Chairman within themselves upon their election by the GA.
  3.2  The Chairman of the VER shall act as FIDE internal Auditor
  3.3  The Chairman shall appoint one of the members as a Secretary 
  3.4  The VER shall meet every year by July 31st, after the annual financial statements prepared by the Treasurer and the External Auditor report are made available. It shall meet also during the Annual Congress.
  3.5  In urgent situations the VER can be summoned to an extraordinary meeting by the FIDE President, the Treasurer or its Chairman. 
  3.6  If a member of the Commission can no more act through resignation or otherwise, or is absent for two successive meetings, he shall be replaced by the GA or the EB for the remaining period of the mandate.
 
Electoral Commission (ELE)
1 Objectives
  1.1 This Commission has the competence assigned by the Statutes and Electoral Regulations.
2 Membership 
  2.1  The ELE shall consist of the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission and one representative from each Continent. Each Continental Association shall elect its representative at its last Annual Assembly before the General Assembly and shall inform the Secretariat of the person so elected at least four months prior to the opening of the General Assembly. Each Presidential ticket shall have the right to nominate an observer to the Commission.
  2.2  The members of the ELE constituted for an election cannot be elected or nominated to any Presidential Board position in that election.
  2.3  The ELE shall automatically dissolve within one month of the close of the General Assembly meeting at which the elections took place or, if later, within one month after it has reached a decision on all complaints that have been brought before it.
  2.4 If a member elected to the ELE, pursuant to 2.1 above, is unable to act through force majeur, or an election must be held in a non-election year to fill a position that has become vacant and a Continental Association meeting cannot be held, the Continental President can nominate the Continent’s representative.
3 Proceedings 
  3.1  The Chairman of the ELE shall be the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission.
  3.2  All complaints arising from FIDE’s quadrennial elections, including but not limited to the eligibility of candidates, and the conduct of the elections and appointments, must be brought before the ELE.
    3.2.1  Any such complaint must be addressed to the ELE in writing within two weeks following the event which gives rise to the complaint and copied to the Secretariat.
    3.2.2  Any complaint regarding eligibility of Presidential tickets or members of the tickets must be addressed to the ELE in writing and copied to the Secretariat within two weeks following the official announcement of the Presidential tickets by the Secretariat on the FIDE web site.
    3.2.3  The ELE must investigate all complaints brought to it.
    3.2.4  The ELE decides by majority vote.  In the event of a tie, the vote of the Chairman of the ELE shall be decisive.
    3.2.5  The ELE must issue a reasoned decision in English in writing to the complainant within 10 days of its receipt of the complaint.
     All decisions of the ELE are final.
  3.4  Any decision of the ELE cannot be appealed to the General Assembly. Any decision of the ELE taken before the election can be appealed to CAS only as of the day after the close of the General Assembly (which day shall also be the start date of the 21 day deadline provided for in the CAS code or any other deadline for such appeals subsequently enacted by the CAS).
  3.5  The Commission shall verify who is entitled to vote at FIDE’s quadrennial Presidential elections in accordance with the Electoral Regulations.
Note to 2.1 above:
When it adopted these revised Statutes at its 7 September 2012 meeting, the General Assembly agreed that this provision would not be applied for the 2014 elections. The General Assembly agreed to detail the procedure that would instead be applied for the 2014 elections in the minutes of the meeting. This note will be removed from the Statutes after the 2014 elections.
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