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Minutes

1. Welcome, Preliminaries

RIPE NCC Executive Board Chairman Nigel Titley welcomed attendees and opened the General Meeting (GM) at 18:07 (UTC +2). He went through the agenda and explained that the RIPE NCC Executive Board elections would start at exactly 19:00 (UTC +2).

The Chairman noted that Executive Board member Fahad AlShirawi could not attend the General Meeting. He read a statement from Fahad to the assembly.

2. Report from the RIPE NCC

The Chairman explained that the detailed Report from the RIPE NCC was presented at the RIPE NCC Services Working Group, which forms an integral part of the GM. It was not presented again at the members-only section of the GM.

The presentation is available at:

http://ripe62.ripe.net/presentations/216-Update_RIPE_NCC_R62.pdf

3. Presentation of the RIPE NCC 2010 Financial Report

RIPE NCC Chief Financial Officer Jochem de Ruig gave a presentation on the RIPE NCC Financial Report 2010.

The presentation is available at:

https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2011/presentations/ripe-ncc-financial-report-2010

A member commented that he failed to see any revenues from the RIPE Atlas probes listed in the Financial Report.

Jochem explained that the sponsorship received for the probes was deducted from the cost of the probes. He said, for 2011, the income from sponsorships would be shown as “other income” in the financial statements.

4. Adoption of the RIPE NCC 2010 Audited Financial Report

The RIPE NCC 2010 Audited Financial Report is contained in the RIPE NCC Annual Report 2010.

The formal resolution:

"The General Meeting adopts the 2010 Financial Report of the RIPE NCC."

The Chairman read the resolution and asked for a vote by show of hands. The resolution was passed unanimously.

5. Discharge of the Executive Board

The formal resolution:

"The General Meeting discharges the Executive Board with regard to its actions as they appear from the Annual Report 2010."

The Chairman read the resolution and asked for a vote by acclamation. The resolution was passed unanimously.

6. Financial Status Q1/2011 and Outlook

RIPE NCC Chief Financial Officer Jochem de Ruig gave a presentation on the financial status of the RIPE NCC in the first quarter of 2011 and the outlook for the rest of the year. The presentation is available at:

https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2011/presentations/ripe-ncc-financial-update-2011

A member asked a question related to the due date of invoices. He asked if it would be advantageous to all concerned to move the due date for payment away from the end of the year to the beginning of the next year.

RIPE NCC Executive Board member Remco van Mook said he sympathised with the member’s concerns. He noted that payment is due 30 days after the invoice is sent and the average time in which payment is made is 27 days, which is a good situation. He said the Executive Board would investigate the implications of sending payment requests later so that the due date of the invoice would be in the beginning of the next year.

7. Report from the Executive Board (18:50)

RIPE NCC Executive Board Chairman Nigel Titley gave the report from the RIPE NCC Executive Board. The presentation is available at:

https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2011/presentations/ripe-ncc-executive-board-report

A member commented on the developments of a new Charging Scheme and noted that the RIPE NCC’s current revenue streams might not exist in the future due to the exhaustion of the IPv4 address pool, and he asked the members to think about how much they wanted the RIPE NCC’s other services and if they were willing to pay for them.

The Chairman said finding out what the membership wanted is exactly what the Executive Board wants to elicit feedback on. He encouraged all members to make known to the Executive Board their opinions regarding the services they require from the RIPE NCC.

A member asked if the Executive Board reviewed RIPE NCC procedural documents, such as the document on closure of Local Internet Registries (LIRs), before they were published.

The Chairman said that all documents that had a substantial effect on the operation were submitted for review to the Executive Board. He also noted that the Executive Board tried not to involve itself too heavily in the daily operations of the RIPE NCC.

The member suggested that there should be a formal approval process for such documents and the Chairman said this would be taken on board.

8. RIPE NCC Executive Board Elections

The RIPE NCC Executive Board elections were to fill the seats being vacated by Fahad AlShirawi and Andreas Wittkemper. The list of confirmed candidates is available at:

https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2011/board-elections/confirmed-candidates

The Chairman explained that the instant run-off voting system was a preferential voting system, in which the candidate who came last on the first count had his second preferences reallocated to the other candidates. This process continued until one candidate received a majority of the votes.

The five candidates gave brief statements to the attendees.

Election for the first seat: 315 votes were cast with the following count:

Christian Kaufmann was declared elected on the fourth count with 186 votes.

Election for second seat: 300 votes were cast with the following count:

Fahad Alshirawi was declared elected on the third count with 157 votes.

The Chairman congratulated the new Executive Board members on their election to the Board. He also thanked Andreas Wittkemper for the hard work and dedication he provided during his time on the Executive Board.

9. Close

The Chairman declared the meeting closed at 21:18 (UTC +2).

Important Dates
  • 9 March - Call for nominations for RIPE NCC Executive Board
  • 23 March - GM registration opens
  • 23 March - Draft agenda and proposed resolutions posted online
  • 13 April - Deadline for nominations to Executive Board
  • 20 April - Submission deadline for proposed resolutions
  • 20 April - Online registration for GM closes
  • 20 April - Proxy forms must be received by the RIPE NCC
  • 4 May - RIPE NCC General Meeting