The "FCI Cynological Days" in Brussels

Marking the climax and also the culmination of the FCI's centenary celebrations, the "FCI Cynological Days" were held on 11-14 November 2011 in Brussels. Delegates from 35 countries were offered a programme catering for all tastes: a cynological symposium, a high-class "FCI Centenary World Champion of Champions" competition, a gala evening, and, to round things off, a trip to Bruges, the UNESCO World Heritage City, and an open day at the FCI headquarters.

Some 150 people took part in the symposium on "Dog and Man: quo vadis? Knowledge and Prospects”, greatly enjoying the very interesting presentations addressing current issues.

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Hans W. Müller
FCI President

Historic visit to the FCI Office

On Monday 14th November, 2011, after the FCI Symposium, the FCI Centenary World Champion of Champions, the Gala Dinner and the visit to Bruges, those who had survived were given the chance to visit the FCI Headquarters!

More than 50 people had answered positively and shown their interest to finally see the offices where the titles of International Champions are made, where the CACIB’s are printed, where the translations of the standards and of the minutes are made.. To put it in a nutshell: they wanted to see the Mecca of the world canine activities!

Fortunately, the weather was very mild. After the two coaches reached the city of Thuin, 70 km south Brussels, at 10.30 a.m., the visitors were welcome by the whole FCI staff and ... a glass of champagne!

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After a short speech given by Y. De Clercq, FCI Executive Director, they were taken to the different rooms of the headquarters and given explanations about the job descriptions of each of the 13 employees.

A “photo session” was then held on the terrace at the back of the offices, close to the backyard recently bought by the FCI where the extension of the buildings will start in 2012.

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The FCI Staff is very happy and proud to have had the opportunity to meet several VIP’s from the cynological scene and it was a pleasure to put faces on names.

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We look forward to welcoming you again!

Y. De Clercq
FCI Executive Director