Toni Freixa speaking at the Assembly. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB.

The fourth point of order during the Ordinary General Assembly saw the Delegate Members vote on the Board of Directors’ Statutes Reform proposal. The changes principally affect the economic and social areas of the Club and they were approved by 320 votes in favour, 65 against and 35 abstentions. It’s worth noting that the measure needed a two-thirds majority vote from the assembled members in order to pass.

The Board of Directors secretary and spokesman, Toni Freixa, was charged with explaining the reforms. He divided the modifications up into four separate categories according to how they’ll change the current statutes: improving the wording of the statues, adapting to the Club’s current reality, adapting to the current statues, and the introduction of new statues.

“Self-shielding in order to avoid errors”

In his explanation of the statutes reform, Freixa highlighted the normative that deals with the prohibition of closing out a fiscal year with a net loss by the Board (Article 67). In the event that an acting Board of Directors close out a fiscal year with economic losses, said Board will have two years to obtain the sufficient revenue to make up for the loss and, if the situation does not change, the Board will have to step down.

After explaining Article 67, the baton was passed to the economic vice-president, Javier Faus. “When we took control of the Entity’s government, the president mandated that we professionalise the Club. We studied it and we observed from the Director General’s position downward. We didn’t examine positions above the Director General. We proposed that the best way to avoid mistakes was to self-shield ourselves,” said Faus. He added: “The president in an act of generosity, approved the measure that if certain ratios of sustainability weren’t met, he would step down.”

Profound remodeling

In addition to the economic reforms, Freixa explained various modifications to the Club’s social statutes. For example, the Assembly will be given more power in decision making processes, especially when the decision pertains to anything concerning the name of the Stadium or the Palau, and the shirt of the senior football team. If fact, the Assembly will have to approve any decision made on the aforementioned subjects. In addition, Club members will be eligible for season tickets and delegate status on their fifth year as a member, and in order to stand for president and Club director, members must maintain their membership status for ten and five years respectively.

During the question and answer session, President Sandro Rosell invited members to approve the measures “because these Statutes control us [Board of Directors] more.” The president of Statutes reform, Joan Manuel Trayter, revealed that the wording of the reforms “could have been more presidentially focused or democratically focused.” The decision was made for the latter.

Rosell: These Statutes control us [Board of Directors] more

Guaranteeing the future

The vice-president of the Social Area, Jordi Cardoner, introduced the proposed reforms and he indicated that the approval of the proposal “adapts the Club to new provisions and it establishes governing principles.” Cardoner then went on to qualify the measure as “historic” because it’s a step toward the Social Area’s overall objective: “To bring the Club closer to the members.”
Cardoner: We want perdurability in our Club. There are teams that do not have a guaranteed future. We want to guarantee ours
“Participation is one of the pillars of statute reform. We want to have stability and balance both economically and socially. We want perdurability in our Club. There are teams that do not have a guaranteed future. We want to guarantee ours. This is an exercise in responsibility,” concluded Cardoner.

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