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COVID-19: BK2020 and AGM

On March 25, EAB announced that it would have to postpone its AGM too, following the measures put in place by the UK Government to restrict public gatherings and unnecessary travel. There is currently no confirmed date or location for the AGM.

Regrettably, EAB has had to cancel this year’s conference owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AGM, a legal obligation, will still take place in line with the notification issued in Update.

The UK Government has issued advice that everyone should cease non-essential contact with others and not engage in unnecessary travel, adding that social venues should be avoided. The advice underlined that this is particularly important for people over 70.

Holding our conference would clearly run completely counter to that advice. The trustees have therefore had no choice but to cancel the event. It is not a decision which EAB has made rashly or in haste. We have, of course, offered a refund to the people who signed up to the conference.

The AGM is more problematic in that holding it is a legal requirement. The Charity Commission has not yet produced guidance, and so the trustees have decided to attempt to hold the AGM as a formality in Leicester at the time and place indicated in our formal notification sent out in Update. Members who cannot attend have been reminded that they can appoint another member to serve as a proxy.


EAB bedaŭrinde devas nuligi la ĉi-jaran Britan Kongreson pro la kronvirusa pandemio. La jarkunveno, kies okazigo estas jura postulo, daŭre okazos laŭ la informoj en Update.

La brita registaro ‘forte konsilas’, ke ĉiuj evitu ne-necesan kontakton kun aliaj, kaj veturu nur se necese. Plie ĝi avertis, ke oni evitu sociajn lokojn, substrekante, ke tiuj konsiloj estas des pli gravaj por tiuj, kiuj estas 70-jaraj aŭ pli aĝaj.

Okazigo de la Brita Kongreso agus tute kontraŭ tiuj konsiloj. EAB tial ne havis alian eblon krom nuligi la aranĝon. Tiun decidon EAB ne faris haste aŭ senpense. Ni kompreneble proponis al aliĝintoj rehavigon de ilia kotizo.

La jarkunveno de EAB estas pli tikla en tio, ke ĝia okazigo estas jura postulo. La Charity Commission ankoraŭ ne proponis konsilojn, kaj tial la estraro de EAB decidis klopodi okazigi la jarkunvenon kiel formalaĵon en Lester’ laŭ la informoj jam senditaj en Update. Membroj de EAB ricevis formularon per kiu ili povos nomumi alian membron por reprezenti la membron en la jarkunveno.

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