The Travel cost committee started its work in December 2012 with the following mandate
- In accordance with the mandate given by the San Francisco Congress, to devise a workable system under which Council members' costs of attending Council meetings may be reimbursed from FIT's own funds raised for that specific purpose, in addition to the costs of Executive Committee meetings already funded.
- To decide on the future of the Travel Support Fund.
- To make proposals to Congress accordingly.
The first step was to estimate the overall costs of travel for the one annual Council meeting. When taking into account average hotel and flight prices, excluding additional travel costs, for meetings on different continents, on the base of 17 council members the amount is near 19000 Suisse Francs.
This is what the associations currently pay when sending a member into the Council and what constitute the inequality of burdens. The aim of the travel cost committee is to propose a distribution of this burden on all member associations.
The next time, the working group will analyse additional aspects: limiting reimbursement to associations in good standing, partial reimbursement, fund management and a number of other questions. There is also an interaction with the results of the Organisational Development Committee that informed us of the possibility that the number of Council members might be reduced in the futur.