Communication from the FCI regarding FCI Judges
FCI judges appointments at non FCI events
Dear FCI Members and Contract Partners,
In principle, the FCI does not comment on any proceedings in which the FCI was not involved. However, further to the letter or the WUSV dated 24 September 2020, the FCI feels compelled to clarify the WUSV statements after having consulted its legal advisors and competition law experts from Osborne Clarke (see official communication).
The interim proceeding was ultimately decided in favour of the VDH by the higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and the three claimants have lost the case. The Court also emphasized in its written explanations of the judgement that the regulations – as intended by the FCI from the outset – are in line with competition law. Based on the limited facts that the Court could take Into consideration in the interim proceeding, the Court only explained that the regulations cannot prevent Judges from officiating events outside the FCI sphere, if they do hot act in their capacity as FCI Judges. Therefore, in their capacity as FCI Judges, they are stiII not allowed to officiate at non-FCI events run according to non-FCI regulations and they are not allow to grant qualifications, rankings, titles or awards that give the appearance of recognition by the FCI.
In the light of the above the FCI General Committee decided on the occasion of online meeting on 3-4 September 2020 to clarify the understanding of some of its regulations (that will be republished in the next few weeks) in terms of FCI judges appointments at non-FCI events in order to prevent further misunderstandings.
The FCI regulations state that FCI judges are permitted to officiate in their capacity as FCI Judges and grant FCI-recognised awards/titles at any event organised by an FCI NCO or its affiliated clubs and also at any event organized by an FCI Cooperating partner or its affiliated clubs provided that the responsible NCO has authorised it.
For the avoidance of doubt, judges listed as FCI judges may – to the extent that they do not act in their capacity as FCI Judges – officiate at working tests and shows organised by institutions or clubs affiliated to such institutions that do not have any connection to the FCI. As a matter of fact, the judges can officiate at non-FCI events run according to the regulations of the respective institution. However, they are not allowed to grant qualifications, rankings, titles or awards that give the appearance of acknowledgment by the FCI (for example the results and awards obtained by the dogs at such events do not give any right to any future FCl-related registration of any offspring or these dogs). In addition the Judges shall make it sufficiently clear that they do not act in their capacity as FCI judges at any such event.
Dr. T.Jakkel Y. DeClerq
President Executive Director
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