The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

IARU Region 1 Societies approve changes to the Region’s Constitution and Bylaws

(IARU-R1) 20 April 2004

At its meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week, the Region 1 Executive Committee (EC) reviewed the voting returns for the recent ballot of Region 1 Member Societies, concerning proposals to change the Constitution and Bylaws. The EC, noting that sufficient Societies had voted in favour of the changes, authorised the adoption of the revised Constitution and Bylaws, and agreed that the new documents should be placed on the Region 1 Website.

Voting for the nine Resolution was as follows:

Resolution 1: For: 63 Against: 1
Resolution 2: For: 64 Against: 0
Resolution 3: For: 64 Against: 0
Resolution 4: For: 64 Against: 0
Resolution 5: For: 62 Against: 2
Resolution 6: For: 62 Against: 2
Resolution 7: For: 61 Against: 3
Resolution 8: For: 62 Against: 2
Resolution 9: For: 63 Against: 1

Votes against include (as required in the constitution) those who abstained from voting.

For Resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7, 46 votes in favour were needed for approval.

For Resolutions 5, 8 and 9, 60 votes in favour were needed for approval.

Commenting on the result, IARU Region 1 Chairman Ole Garpestad said:

“I am pleased that our Member Societies have supported the changes which were discussed at our last Region 1 Conference. The changes bring the Constitution into line with the way that we need to run the Region, and will help improve our overall efficiency.”