The FIS organisational structure has been developed to maximize the ability for FIS to meet its goals as the international governing body for skiing and snowboarding.
The FIS Congress (or General Assembly) elects the 18 member Council (Executive Board) every two years that oversees activities between Congresses. In order to advise the Council, it nominates members to specialist Technical Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups that serve as advisory bodies.
The following diagram depicts the organisational structure of FIS:
Organization of the FIS (Section 12 of FIS Statutes)
A summary from the Statutes further explains the function of the various decision-making bodies within FIS.
The FIS consists of the following bodies for decisions: Congress, Council with Executive Board and Secretary General, the Doping Panel of the Council and the FIS Court
For advice FIS uses Committees and their Sub-Committees and Working Groups
For Competition tasks there are Competition Juries and Appeals Commissions
FIS also uses Auditors.
Congress Details (Section 13 of FIS Statutes):
The Congress is the highest authority of the FIS and has the following functions
- Establishing and modifying the Statutes and the International Ski Competition Rules;
- Reviewing the business reports of the Council, the accounts and reports of the auditors; granting discharge to the Council;
- Approving the budget including the annual subscriptions and fees;
- Electing the Council and the auditors;
- Affiliating and excluding Member Associations including associate members;
- Deciding on the proposals of the Member Associations and the Council as well as deciding on appeals against Council decisions;
- Introduction, modification or cancellation of events
Council (Section 27 of FIS Statutes)
The Council is the supreme authority of FIS between the Congresses and makes all necessary decisions. As far as such decisions fall within the competence of the Congress, they are only valid until the next Congress and must be submitted for decision.The Council represents FIS and takes care of relations with other international sports federations and organizations.The Council is responsible for the overall conduct of business.
The Council has the following duties:
- submit proposals to the Congress;
- execute the decisions taken by the Congress;
- appoint organizers of World Ski Championships;
- determine contributions of candidates and organizers of World Ski Championships in favour of small and developing member associations;
- amend the International Ski Competition Rules and to establish other regulations;
- ensure that the Statutes, the International Ski Competition Rules and the decisions of the Council are observed;
- draft Rules and recommendations for recreational skiing;
- consider and, where appropriate, approve proposals of the Committees;
- prepare the Congress;
- impose sanctions.
- implement a provisional order against Member Associations, competitors and officials for serious breaches of the rules.
The Council may delegate some of its duties to the President and/or to the Secretary-General. The current affairs are taken care of by the President and/or the Secretary-General in accordance with their terms of reference.
Appeals Commissions (Section 41 of FIS Statutes)
The Appeals Commissions decides on appeals against decisions of competition juries and on cases which are referred by competition juries
Competition Juries (Section 42 of FIS Statutes)
The competition juries decide on breaches against the competition rules if the penalty measures within the competence of a competition jury are insufficient for the serious nature of an offence, it may refer the matter to the Appeals Commission for consideration.
Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups (Section 43 of FIS Statutes)
The Council appoints the Chairmen and the Members of Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups that shall be advisory to the Council and shall be responsible for the technical and other specified activities of the FIS.
Auditors (Section 44 of FIS Statutes)
The auditors examine the accounts presented by the Council and submit a written report to the Congress.
FIS General Secretariat (Section 1 of FIS Statutes)
The headquarters of the FIS are in Switzerland. The FIS General Secretariat handles the day to day management and administration of the organisation.
FIS has established an integrity partnership with Global Sports Investigations. Breaches of governance and ethical matters as provided for in the FIS Code of Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Betting Rules, FIS Safe Snow Policy and the FIS Anti-Doping Rules can be reported to the external Whistleblower Hotline. Confidentiality is guaranteed by Global Sports Investigations.
Whistleblower Hotline: +44 (0)207 034 3403
Whistleblower Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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