7 June 2022 (SIGNIS Europe). After two years of pandemic, the members of SIGNIS Europe met virtually to hold their General Assembly and elect a new Board for the coming four years. 

President Ákos Kovács began the meeting by welcoming the President of SIGNIS World, Helen Osman. Ricardo Yáñez, Secretary-General, and Maria Chiara De Lorenzo, assistant to the Secretary-General, presented an update on the work SIGNIS members are accomplishing worldwide. They also introduced the SIGNIS World Congress, scheduled for August in Seoul, South Korea. 

SIGNIS Europe members from 17 European countries provided updates on their respective actions and projects. One particular note is that the Television Festival of Religious Programs, organised every four years by SIGNIS Europe and the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), will take place in September 2023 in Berlin. 

The meeting was also devoted to the elections for the new Board of SIGNIS Europe. The theme for this year’s World Congress, “promoting a culture of peace through the media”, resonated with the results of this election, especially in this time of war in Europe. 

The SIGNIS Europe Board, for the period 2022-2026, is composed of the following members: Douglas Fahleson (Ireland), President, Adriana Răcășan (Romania), Vice-President, Alexander Bothe (Germany), Sr. Romana Kocjančič (Slovenia), Sergio Perugini (Italy), Philippine de Saint-Pierre (France), and Ákos Kovács (Hungary), substitute member.