Between the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)
Verband Kleine Münsterländer – International (KlM-I)
December 7, 2006
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale – hereafter called “FCI” – is the leading global federation of kennel clubs for the breeding and training of dogs of all breeds. It is based in Thuin, Belgium. Under the terms of Article 1 of its statutes, the FCI is subject to Belgian law. Its members are national kennel clubs, which are to implement the goals of the FCI, as specified in its statues, at the national level.
The Verband für Kleine Münsterländer – International (International Small Munsterlander Club) – hereafter called „KlM-I“ – strives to globally oversee the breed it represents, the Kleine Münsterländer, on the basis of its statutes and the FCI Standard Nr. 102. The KlM-I has its headquarters in Nürnberg. All national breed clubs of the Kleine Münsterländer can become members of KlM-I, as long as they provide supervision of this breed through their statutes on the basis of FCI Standard Nr. 102.
Both contracting partners intend to support each other in all areas related to the breed and conclude the following agreement for this purpose.
§ 1 Legal Framework
1. The parties commit themselves to exert influence to achieve the goals of this contract according to § 2 in the FCI, in its bodies, institutions and member clubs, on the one hand, and in the KlM-I with its bodies, institutions and member clubs, on the other hand.
2. Through the conclusion of this cooperation agreement, KlM-I acquires no member rights in the FCI and cannot acquire such member rights in the future. The membership in the FCI is solely reserved for national kennel clubs.
3. Through the conclusion of this agreement the FCI acquires no member rights in KlM-I and cannot acquire such member rights in the future. The membership in KlM-I is reserved for national breed-specific clubs.
4. FCI and KlM-I recognize and respect the clubs and associations which are combined in their respective organizations.
5. KlM-I will encourage its member clubs to be members of the FCI member associations in their respective countries. This applies, however, only to countries in which the FCI has accepted a canine organization as a member.
6. The FCI will sign such a cooperation agreement with only one international club per breed.
§ 2 Common Goals
Both contracting partners intend to realize the following canine goals within the framework of this agreement:
1. Implementation and compliance to the global applicability of the FCI standard for the breed overseen by KlM-I in accordance with the standard requirements of the land of origin of the breed;
2. Global compliance with the breed standard character and performance requirements;
3. Global preservation of performance utility;
4. Global compliance with the health characteristics required for the breed;
5. Cooperation in fundamental canine questions, particularly in matters of national or international political significance;
6. To formulate the aforementioned goals, in as much as these need detailed regulation, in a breed-specific supplemental agreement.
§ 3 Admission of new members
- Both contracting partners are committed to insure that member clubs of KlM-I will be admitted as members of FCI, in that these clubs acquire membership in the relevant national kennel clubs of the FCI.
2. In order to coordinate future canine interests, the parties will mutually inform themselves about the respective national situation, before admitting new kennel clubs by FCI or breed specific member clubs by KlM-I.
3. In this connection, the parties state their willingness, to share existing contacts in those countries, in which the other contract partner is not yet present, in order to expand their respective sphere of influence through mutual support and assistance.
§ 4 Solving Problem Areas
Both contracting partners realize that there can be problems between the existing organizations in exceptional cases. These can be based primarily on differences at the national level and have quite different causes. The contracting partners express their intention to do everything possible to solve problems like this by mutual consent. If a cooperative solution cannot be quickly reached, however, in spite of efforts by both sides, both partners will temporarily exclude individual problems and continue their cooperation unchanged.
§ 5 Effectiveness, Term and Liquidation
This agreement goes into effect with the signing of the agreement by both parties. It remains in effect until one of the parties delivers a written notice of termination. In this case, the agreement is ended six months after receipt of the notice of termination.
Dortmund, Federal Republic of Germany, December 7, 2006