Annual Meeting of ULPU, 19.3.2018

Annual Meeting of ULPU, Spouses Association of the MFA was held on Monday 19 March in the Foyer of the Press Department. The meeting reviewed the past year’s activities and accepted the plan for this year. The update of the bylaws that already had been discussed in earlier meetings, was approved as the new bylaws of Ulpu. They will be published on Ulpu webpage soon.

The responsible Official from the UM-100 team made a presentation on the plans of the ministry to improve its visibility during the MFA´s centennial year. Members of Ulpu pointed out that also the role of the spouses should be made visible in the ministry’s activities.

In the following discussion, participants underlined how important it is for the spouses to be updated on the ministry’s policies and reforms that directly affect them. Oftentimes they are not sufficiently informed of administrative reforms and new guidelines – especially if it is left to their overworked spouses to look for the relevant information. This is the case in particular, if the spouses are not members of Ulpu and who cannot read Foorumi. The HR department should have a direct way of communication with the spouses. The Family Officer’s Newsletter, for example, has been a good method to share information. Participants also pointed out that also the spouses should be active to find information and defend their rights.

Members of Ulpu have both the privilege and the responsibility to influence the decision-making and to acquire information on issues that are relevant to them. Please make sure that your contact information are up-to-date at Ulpu’s updated membership list and in our FB-group.

Ulpu’s new board that was elected in October last year warmly welcomes any messages, requests and initiatives. All members are welcome to participate and new people are welcome to join Ulpu.

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