There was a joint meeting of the PAF (formerly the Pető Institute) and the Board of the European Conductive Association in Budapest on 31 March – 1 April.
In accord with custom, neither the PAF nor the ECA appears to have published the contents or outcomes of this – but the German Conductors' Association has since published a summary of the proposals that the PAF put forward on the day.
PAF Rector Andrea Zsebe announced wide-ranging plans that would affect 'European partners':
The proposals also met critical voices from those present. Board members from Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Germany discussed them openly and repeatedly pointed out to PAF the desire for effective networking and collaborative working.
At the end, the Rector of PAF and the President of the ECA signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future exchanges and cooperation.
It would take a good English translation plus knowledgeable annotation for me even to begin to understand what is being proposed here. Those who feel it important to look into this further for themselves should in the first instance consult the German report.
Meanwhile, at least they have been informed. Yes, it would be very nice if there could be effective networking and collaborative working, but this can hardly even begin if there it not at least effective communication and meaningful consultation...
Note that the ECA is not a representative organisation.
– (2016) Koordinationstagung der Petö András Hochschule und ECA Board am 31.3.-1.4.2016 in Budapest, Bundesverband des in Deutchland Tatigung KonductorInnen, 3 May