C 17 BUREAU
C 17.1 The Bureau shall consist of:
C 17.1.1 the President,
C 17.1.2 the Honorary Secretary,
C 17.1.3 the Honorary Treasurer,
C 17.1.4 five (5) Vice Presidents one from each of the five Continents, and
C 17.1.5 fifteen (15) additional members.
C 17.1.6 The Honorary Life President, the Immediate Past President, the Immediate Past Honorary Secretary, and the Immediate Past Honorary Treasurer are also members of the Bureau with voice, but without vote. The Immediate Past President, the Immediate Past Honorary Secretary and the Immediate Past Honorary Treasurer shall stay as such only for one term of four (4) years.
C 17.1.7 The Chairman of the Athletes Committee shall be a member of the FINA Bureau without vote.
C 17.1.8 The FINA Bureau shall have the right to co-opt a representative from the Member where the next Olympic Games and/or World Championships will be held. This representative shall be a member of the FINA Bureau without vote. This rule shall not apply if such a Member has already a representative in the FINA Bureau.
C 17.1.9 FINA Bureau member shall be an ex-officio member with a voting right in the bureau and the general assembly of his/her national federation.
C 17.2 The maximum age of the elected Bureau members referred to in FINA Rules C 17.1.1—C 17.1.5 must be no more than eighty (80) years in the year of the election to the FINA Bureau.
C 17.3 Members of the FINA Bureau are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of FINA
C 17.4 The voting members of the Bureau shall be elected or confirmed by the General Congress. All the Bureau members, except the Honorary Life President, the Immediate Past President, the Immediate Past Honorary Secretary the Immediate Past Honorary Treasurer and the Chairman of the Athletes Committee, shall be of different countries or Sport Countries. Persons not actually in attendance may be elected if a written declaration of consent is presented.
C 17.5 The newly elected FINA Bureau shall take office at the conclusion of the FINA World Championships (50m).
C 17.6 The FINA Bureau shall consist of twenty three (23) voting members.
C 17.6.1 Sixteen (16) members shall be elected by the General Congress in accordance with the elections of their respective Continental Organisations and the following geographical representation:
a) three (3) from Africa,
b) four (4) from America,
c) four (4) from Asia,
d) four (4) from Europe,
e) one (1) from Oceania.
The Continental Organisations shall inform the FINA Executive Director in writing of the names of their candidates at least three (3) months in advance. Only candidates proposed by the respective Continental Organisations can be presented for vote in the General Congress.
C 17.6.2 Another seven (7) members shall be elected from the world at large, not exceeding one (1) from Africa, one (1) from Asia, one (1) from Oceania, two (2) from the Americas and two (2) from Europe.
For this election, candidates must be nominated in writing to the FINA Executive Director at least three (3) months before the Congress by the Member Federation to which they are affiliated.
C 17.7 The General Congress shall elect from among the twenty three (23) elected voting Bureau Members:
C 17.7.1 the President;
C 188.8.131.52 Candidates for President shall be nominated in writing to the FINA Executive Director at the latest three (3) months before the General Congress. The FINA Executive Director shall notify to all FINA Members the candidates for President at least two (2) months prior to the General Congress.
C 17.7.2 Five (5) Vice Presidents who shall be elected on the basis of continental representation, one for each of the continents of Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. At the election of the Vice Presidents only the Members from the respective continents may vote on their candidates. The Continental Organisations shall inform the FINA Executive Director of the name of the elected Vice-President by the Continental Congress in writing at least three (3) months in advance. Only candidates proposed by the respective Continental Organisations can be presented for vote by the General Congress;
C 17.7.3 the Honorary Secretary; and
C 17.7.4 the Honorary Treasurer.
C 17.8 The President, the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer must be from different Continents.
C 17.9 The Executive shall consist of five members, the President, the Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer and two other members to be nominated by the President in consultation with the Continental Organisations, to achieve the representation of the five continents. The Executive will be responsible for making decisions on matters referred to it in the FINA Rules and Regulations or matters referred to it by the Bureau or for other cases, which need decisions between the meetings of the Bureau.
The President may, from time to time, request persons with knowledge in special areas to attend meetings with the Executive.
The Executive shall meet on request by the President, when there are items of such importance that cannot be solved by the President alone.
The FINA Executive Director shall attend all the meetings without vote.
C 17.10 Twelve (12) members with vote shall form a quorum at any meeting of the Bureau. The members of the Bureau shall serve until their successors are elected and take office.
C 17.11 The members of the outgoing Bureau will be eligible as candidates for any position within the incoming Bureau except for the President, the Honorary Secretary, and the Honorary Treasurer each of whom may be elected for a maximum of two full terms in the same post.
If the President, the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer are not elected for a second period in their previous post or not elected for other posts, they shall remain as members of the incoming Bureau, without vote, as immediate Past President, immediate Past Honorary Secretary and immediate Past Honorary Treasurer.
C 17.12 The travel and hotel expenses of the Bureau members and Honorary Members when travelling on FINA missions or appointments shall be paid by FINA. The Honorary Members will be invited to the FINA World Championships and only if possible to the Olympic Games.
C 17.13 Any vacancy in the office of President shall be filled for the remaining term by the Honorary Secretary. Otherwise, the Bureau shall have the authority to fill any vacancy, until the next General Congress, which occurs through death or resignation of any member of the Bureau elected in accordance with FINA Rule C 17.4 or of any Committee member, subject to compliance with the appropriate geographical representation set out in FINA Rule C 17.6 and in consultation with the respective Continental Organisation.
C 17.14 Where a Bureau member has been absent from two consecutive meetings without reasons acceptable to the Bureau, the Bureau shall have the right to declare that such a member has forfeited his membership. The Bureau according to C 17.13 may then fill the vacancy.
C 17.15 Rights and duties of the Bureau shall include the following:
C 17.15.1 to discuss and make decisions on all matters assigned to them by the Congresses,
C 17.15.2 to interpret and enforce the FINA Rules,
C 17.15.3 to decide and take action on any matter pertaining to the affairs of FINA,
C 17.15.4 to submit proposals to the General Congress,
C 17.15.5 to decide on and publish administrative by-laws, including time and manner of payment of any financial obligations,
C 17.15.6 to decide on and publish regulations for FINA competitions,
C 17.15.7 to decide on FINA awards,
C 17.15.8 to make decisions in case of emergency,
C 17.15.9 to approve the title of International Referee, Starter, or Judge on presentation of registered and certified candidates by the FINA Technical Committees. These titles are to be awarded to the Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, and Synchronised Swimming referees, starters, and judges who have received satisfactory marks for their officiating at major international competitions,
C 17.15.10 to establish rules of order for the meetings of the General Congress, Technical Congress, Bureau, Committees, etc., provided that they will not be in opposition to the Constitution of FINA,
C 17.15.11 to determine the dates and sites of World Championships and other FINA competitions and to organise and control all Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, and Synchronised Swimming competitions at the Olympic Games, World Championships, and other FINA competitions,
C 17.15.12 to instruct the FINA Committees and control their activities,
C 17.15.13 to appoint delegates to the Olympic Games, World Championships, other FINA competitions, and other international competitions. The Organising Committee must guarantee proper accreditation. The responsibilities of the delegates are to observe the organisation and to report back to the FINA Bureau, and
C 17.15.14 to appoint the FINA Executive Director on proposal of the FINA President. The FINA Executive Director shall attend all FINA meetings. The FINA Executive Director shall be an ex officio member of the Bureau without vote. The FINA Executive Director shall manage the FINA Office.
C 17.16 The FINA Bureau is not authorised to make any changes in the Constitution, General Rules, or Technical Rules.