We are pleased to report that the RIPE NCC has expanded its payment options to all RIPE NCC members this year to include PayPal and VISA virtual credit cards.
This change is the result of last year's discussions at ENOG 2 and on the mailing list that the RIPE NCC investigate different payment options for RIPE NCC members in Russia.
After investigating several methods, it became clear that PayPal and virtual credit cards would be the most suitable alternative payment options at this time.
Other options, like opening a local bank account in Russia in RUB or EUR or opening a bank in the Netherlands in RUB to facilitate payments in local currency would not decrease the complexity and costs of payments to the RIPE NCC since this would be seen as an international
transfer. Russian members informed us that local Russian payments can only be made to organisations registered in Russia. Our Executive Board decided that the RIPE NCC will not pursue a registration in Russia at this point in time as this would result in a high overhead and cost.
The RIPE NCC values input from our members and is open to investigating other feasible payment options. If you have any further suggestions, please let us know.
Jochem de Ruig
The ENOG Programme Committee (PC) is getting ready to start working on
the programme for the ENOG 3 meeting, which will take place in Odessa,
Ukraine, in May 2012 (dates to be confirmed). While the PC has already
attracted a strong team of industry experts with diverse regional and
international experience, we are looking for new members to join us.
What is expected from a PC member?
- To stay aware of the topics that address the needs and interests of
the ENOG community. This requires good knowledge of relevant regional
and/or international issues and usually assumes attendance of ENOG meetings.
- To actively seek content that is relevant and interesting to the ENOG
community. This includes reaching out to presenters of interesting
talks, people involved in projects, research or other activities that
may be of interest to the community.
- To actively participate in forming the programme of the ENOG meeting.
This implies active participation in the PC activities (teleconferences,
on-site meetings, reviews, etc.) and working towards reaching consensus
on decision points.
- To actively publicize the meeting and its agenda to potential
attendees, using both personal contacts and social networking.
If you meet the above requirements and are willing to commit your
expertise and energy to the work of the ENOG 3 PC, please send an email
and tell us about your area of expertise to: <pc(a)enog.org>. Please do
this no later than February, 17.
More information about ENOG: www.enog.org
for the ENOG 3 Programme Committee