BMU Meeting, May 30 – June 1, 2014, Mljet Island, Croatia

Minutes of the BMU meeting in Pomena (Mljet Island), Croatia,

May 30th – June 1st, 2014
…hosted by the Croatian Mountaineering Association as part of the events dedicated to their 140th anniversary.

The regular meeting of the Balkan Mountaineering Union took place in Pomena on Mljet Island in south part of Croatia, hosted by the Croatian Mountaineering Association (HPS) as part of the events dedicated to their 140th anniversary.
The welcome addresses was given by the president of the HPS, Hrvoje Kraljević and the secretary general Darko Berljak.

The meeting attended the delegates from all ten member countries of BMU: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, as well as the delegates from CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) and ERA (European Ramblers Association). For the first time a meeting attended by all ten of the President of the mountaineering association of BMU. The total number of official participants was 35, a meeting was held at the conference hall of the hotel “Ulysses” with a fourteen-point agenda in which they have reported on the BMU activities in the past year and the planned activities for the next period. The participants were welcomed by Dr. Jovica Ugrinovski, President BMU, Ph.D. Hrvoje Kraljević, president of HPS, ing. Pero Matana, president of the Municipal Council of the Mljet Island and Niko Stjepkovic on behalf of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Mountaineering Association. At the beginning of the session with movie-images shows the history, results and current structure of the Croatian Mountaineering Association with reference to the 140th anniversary of mountaineering in Croatia. The meeting also emphasized the common value of the Adriatic coast and nearby mountains and in particular Croatian islands in mountaineering and tourism development with emphasis planeed E-12 paths stage at these areas. It was one of the reasons why the meeting BMU ‘s first held on an island. In the remainder of this meeting on Mljet besides many useful informal discussion and agreement between association, visited the most attractive locations and hiking paths on the island. The fourteen-point agenda of the following conclusions :  …

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Minutes from the 15th BMU Meeting, May 30 – June 1, 2014, Pomena, Mljet Island, Croatia

The regular meeting of the Balkan Mountaineering Union (BMU) was hosted by the Croatian Mountain Association (HPS) at the beautiful island of Mljet, near Dubrovnik, Croatia as part of the events dedicated to their 140th anniversary.
The welcome notes were given by the president of BMU prof.d-r. Jovica Ugrinovski, the president of HPS prof. d-r. Hrvoje Kraljević, Mr. Pero Matana, president of the local authority of the island of Mljet and Mr. Niko Stjepković in the name of the Mountain Association of Dubrovnik-Neretva community.
The meeting attended the presidents and delegates from all ten member countries of BMU: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey
Besides the regular members of BMU, the meeting attended the presidents of CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) and ERA (European Rambling Association). The overall number of delegates was 35. The minutes from the previous meeting held in Bavsica, Slovenia were unanimously approved.

PowerPoint presentation on the occasion on the 140th CMA anniversary was given by the host (HPS)

  • Report from the 2nd International Symposium Fojnica 2013 on “Mountain facilities in tourism development of BiH and the experience of countries of South-East Europe” was given by the representative of the Mountaineering Association of BiH
  • Information on the forthcoming BMU Expedition Elbrus, July/August 2014 under the leadership of the Federation of Mountain Sports of Macedonia (FPSM) was given by the president of the FPSM
  • The next expedition was scheduled for Mt. Ararat, February 3-11, 2015, organized by the Turkish Mountain Federation (TDF), on the occasion of the 140 anniversary (price 350 E, meeting point Istanbul, deadline for application January 10th. 4 person from each country). The Agri mountain presentation was given by the representative of TDF (highest mountain in Tourkey, Iran/Armenian border). More details about the Expedition are given in this issue of BMU magazine.
  •  The project: Ten Balkan Peaks initiated by the Bulgarian Tourist Organization (BTS) during the BMU meeting in Litohoro, Greece. To accomplish this project focusing on the activities is necessary (inclusion of highest peaks of each BMU member country) which will represent the continuity of the Bulgarian project 100 highest peaks in Bulgaria.
  • The project Balkan Mountain Huts on Google map was successfully realized by the Slovenian Mountain Association (PZS). Links to the mountain huts of the BMU member countries (except Serbia and Albania who are supposed to accomplish the duty in the near future) were added and published on the BMU Magazine website. Each country will need to appoint responsible person/ administrator to maintain the web page (links to the association web page). The list of the mountain huts of all BMU members countries to be posted on their own web page. Try to intrigate other countries/associations in Europe to be put on the map to make an European huts map (see links on this subject in BMU magazine).
  • Report on the Balkan Youth Camp scheduled for August 20 – 24, 2014, in the mountain village Gorna Belica near Ohrid Lake in Macedonia was given by the representative of MMSF (tree participants from each country). The cost: transportation Skopje-Ohrid-Skopje, accommodation and meals is covered by the Organizer (see full Project in this issue of BMU magazine).
  • Balkan Team Orienteering competition organized by the PSS and PZS was scheduled for the next year (proposals to be sent to during the next two months)
  • Survey concerning BMU Magazine: visitors May 2013-May 2014, was given by the BMU president
  • BiH meeting announcement: October 24-26, 2014, Konjic, Prenj mountain, 3rd International Symposium, “BiH mountains in the function of tourism development and East European countries experiences”.
  • Information about the Climbing activities in Serbia: Climbing on natural rock, South-East European Championship, June 7-8, 2014. (organizers: climbing club Gecon, Belgrade; climbing club 8, Despotovac).

Discussion: Next projects and ideas

  • Suggestion accepted: To be more effective and more cheap – to have meetings once a year (to make changes in the Statute). To have regular e-mail communication.
  • Short history of BMU (to be made by Mirko Detichek and Katica Acevska).
  •  The list of BMU hosts for the next period of time.
  • To expand the collaboration with the surrounding countries.

Presents were given to the CMA from the participant countries

The next BMU meeting will take place in Konjic, BiH, October 24-26, 2014

Besides the great number of useful informal discussions, the delegates visited the attractive sites of the island of Mljet, and were given a tour to the hiking trials organized by the local authorities (see video in this issue of BMU magazine).

Prof. Dr. Jovica Ugrinovski
BMU President

 

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