9th EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Verona (Italy), 22 – 24
1. General concept, date and venue, organization
The European Championship for Thematic Philately (ECTP) shall convene the
best thematic exhibits in Europe in one single show, promoting the
competitive aspect in high quality exhibiting, ensuring or even increasing
the high standard of thematic exhibits in a long-term perspective.
The ECTP, held for the first time in 2006, has been recognized by the
European Federation of Philatelic Associations (FEPA) as official European
Championship for Thematic Philately.
ECTP 2019 will take place in conjunction with the 133th International Stamp
Fair, held from 22 to 24 November 2019 in the grounds of the Verona Fair,
Verona. This biannual event, organized by Verona’s Associazione Filatelica
Numismatica Scaligera, ranks amongst the most successful philatelic trade
fairs in Europe.
1.4 ECTP 2019 is
organized by the Italian Philatelic Federation (FSFI), in cooperation with
Associazione Filatelica Numismatica Scaligera, Centro Italiano Filatelia
Tematica (CIFT) and Unione Italiana Collezionisti Olimpici e Sportivi
ECPT 2019 has its own website and most procedures are carried out in digital
2. Governing regulations
2019 will be governed by:
the General Regulations
of the FIP for Exhibitions (Grex)
the Fepa Regulations for
the General Regulations
of the FIP for the Evaluation of Competitive Exhibits at FIP Exhibitions
the Special Regulations
of the FIP for the Evaluation of Competitive Exhibits of Thematic Philately
at FIP Exhibitions (Srev).
these Regulations (Irex)
for ECTP 2019.
3. ECTP Classes
The ECTP is structured into two main “classes:”
3.1 Champions’ Class
includes those exhibits winners of one of the eight thematic classes at
previous ECTP events. Such participation in the Champions’ Class is the
prerequisite for participation of the exhibit to future ECTP exhibitions.
Exhibits already shown in the Champions’ Class at a past ECTP exhibition may
remain in this class or return into the relevant competitive class
3.2 Competitive Class
includes all exhibits unless they qualify for the Champions’ Class as
champions (i.e. winners) in a thematic class at a past ECTP exhibition.
competitive class comprises eight different thematic classes,
according to the themes of the exhibits, as follows:
• Class 1: Arts and Culture
• Class 2: History and Organizations
• Class 3: Man and Everyday Life
• Class 4: Sport and Leisure
• Class 5: Transport and Technology
• Class 6: Medicine and Science
• Class 7: Animals and Plants
• Class 8: Agriculture and Pets
Note: this definition of “class” is peculiar of the ECTP, with ho
relationship with the corresponding terms used in the FIP GREX. That applies
also to the definition of “Champion”.
which obtained at least 75 points or a vermeil medal at a national
exhibition of a FEPA member can enter the ECTP. The competition is open also
to exhibits currently in the FIP Championship Class that may enter the
competition according to the provision set in the previous Art. 3.
collectors who want to participate at ECTP 2019 must submit their
application, accompanied by the scan of the plan page and a synopsis, no
later than 28 February 2019 to their national delegates to the FIP
commission for Thematic Philately. Their names and addresses are listed on
the website of the FIP commission for Thematic Philately.
submission of an application shall be deemed as a sign of acceptance of all
the regulations listed in Art. 2. exhibitions
exhibitor selects the most appropriate thematic class; however, in cases of
clear inconsistencies his/her choice may be overruled by the ECTP selection
national delegates shall enter said applications at the special section of
the exhibition website
They must check data entered, with specific reference that the exhibit has
the requested qualification, as far as previous results are concerned.
FEPA member may submit as many applications as needed. In case of
oversubscriptions, in general or at class level, the ECTP selection
committee’s decisions shall ensure the participation of the largest number
of FEPA members, so that at least the best exhibit (in terms of previous
awards) from each of them is selected.
Notification of application acceptance or non‐acceptance by the O.C. will be
sent to the exhibitor at latest by 31 July 2019, with copy to the national
delegate of the relevant Federation.
Exhibitors must confirm their participation by
paying the participation fee (€ 30 per frame irrespective of the class) at
latest by 30 September 2019 according the payment instructions that will be
communicated with the notification of application acceptance.
loading the scan of the whole exhibit (pdf file) by 30 September 2019, to
enable a timely start of pre-judging activities aimed at ensuring an
accurate and sound evaluation. Exhibits failing to meet this requirement
shall be excluded from competition, without refund of the frame fee.
Technical specifications for the
scans will be made available along
with the notification of acceptance.
frames, 98 x 98 cm, allowing 3 rows of four A4 pages each, are used for this
exhibition. Hence 11 frames (allowing for 132 pages of normal size) are
allotted to those exhibits that received at least 85 points at a previous
FIP or FEPA exhibition. Any other exhibit receives 7 frames (allowing for 84
pages of normal size). In order to ensure conformity with the international
frame standards, exhibitors can choose to show four pages less (128 / 80) if
they prefer to do so.
5. Transport of exhibits
In principle, exhibitors are requested to attend the exhibition and the
award ceremony in the special case of the championship.
The exhibit shall be brought and collected by the exhibitor, or by his/her
authorized representative, or by the jury member from his/her country if
present. Exhibitors or their representatives have to mount / dismount the
exhibit. Mounting activities are scheduled on Thursday, 21 November, from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.; the dismounting ones on Sunday, 24 November, from 1 p.m.
exhibits are to be collected immediately after the exhibition closes. There
is no possibility of storing the exhibits after the closure of the
Exceptionally, exhibits from the custom free European area may be sent by
postal or courier services, so that they reach the O.C. by 15 November 2019
at latest. The delivery address will be provided upon request to the
exhibitor not able to attend the exhibition.
These exhibits will be returned at exhibitor’s expense after the exhibition
with the same type of service used by the exhibitor unless
collected by the exhibitor after the exhibition is closed.
The O.C. shall provide custom information for those exhibits from outside
the custom free European area.
6. Insurance, Security and Liability
Exhibitors are advised that they must secure appropriate insurance for their
exhibits at their expenses, as per GREX Art. 50.2. The O.C. is not
responsible for such insurance.
The O.C. shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the security of the
exhibits from arrival till return thereof. However, it shall not bear any
liability for loss or damage that might occur during transportation,
mounting, dismounting or while the exhibition.
Fepa, the Fsfi, the O.C,
Filatelica Numismatica Scaligera, the CIFT, the UICOS,
the Jury, their paid and unpaid volunteers and employees, accept no
liability for any loss or injury suffered by the public and exhibitors
arising directly or indirectly from any cause whatsoever as a result of
entering this competition.
7. Evaluation of the exhibits
The evaluation will be carried out by a jury composed of qualified thematic
jurors at FIP and/or FEPA level, representing a wide range of FEPA members.
OC will distribute the entries among the jurors for a preliminary assessment
based on the scans uploaded by the exhibitors; however, the final evaluation
shall take place in front of the frames.
Jurors are charged with evaluating exhibits according to the GREV and the
SREV for thematic exhibits, alloting medal levels accordingly, ranking the
exhibits in each of the eight classes, voting for the Grand Prix amongst the
eight new champions and the candidate from the Champions’ Class, and
providing advice to the exhibitors during a jury critique session.
Exhibitors are recommended to attend the jury critique session on Sunday, 24
November, from 10.00 to 12.30.
8. Scores and Awards
All exhibits shall receive a diploma of the medal level according to the
An exhibit that receives 85 points or higher for the first time at ECTP 2019
will qualify for 8 standard frames (128 pages) at future FEPA exhibitions.
As ECTP 2019 has no FIP recognition, its awards will not be recorded in the
FIP database. Hence, they do not give any privilege at future
FIP exhibitions, as far as frame allocation and admission to the FIP
Championship Class are concerned.
9. ECPT Champions
each theme class the exhibits will be ranked in order of points assigned by
the jury. The exhibit with the highest score will be proclaimed European
Champion of that theme class and as such will be inserted in the pool of
candidates from which the jurors vote for the winner of the Grand Prix ECTP:
The second and the third exhibit in the ranking will be awarded as
runners-up of that class.
jury will choose the best exhibit of the Champions’ Class as additional
candidate for the Grand Prix ECTP. An exhibit which already won the ECTP
Grand Prix at a previous edition is not eligible for candidate.
9.2 Grand Prix ECTP 2019
During the award ceremony each juror shall present his/her own ranking of
the very best exhibits included in the pool of candidates. The exhibit
obtaining the highest total out of such rankings will be awarded the Grand
Prix ECTP 2019.
FEPA Jury Seminar, XX November 2019
FEPA seminar for thematic jurors will be held in conjunction with ECTP 2019
during the exibition. All FIP and FEPA jurors are invited to attend the
seminar, and future candidates for FEPA juror apprenticeship shall also
exploit this opportunity. The participation is free of charge. Jurors who
wish to attend are kindly requested to contact the O. C. (writing to Paolo
Guglielminetti, C.P. 5104 – 00153 Roma Ostiense – Italy, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 30 June 2019. National thematic jurors may
be admitted if free seats are available.
10. Final provisions
decisions of the O.C. as well as the evaluation of the Jury are final.
Whenever there are cases that cannot be decided upon with the aid of these
regulations, the O.C. will make a decision together with the Fepa president
or his delegate.
Communications with the exhibitors shall be only through the exhibition
website or direct e-mail, depending on the matter treated.
entering the application form, the exhibitor confirms the truthfulness of
data provided and declares to know and to accept the regulations under these
provided by the exhibitor will be used for the purpose of organizing and
judging the exhibit and may be stored and transmitted electronically, as
well as in paper form. Submitting an application signifies the exhibitor’s
assent to this statement.
Exhibitors’ personal data shall be treated according to the Italian law
concerning use of personal data. Responsible for their treatment is the FSFI
pdf file supplied as per Art. 4 will be published in the exhibition website
unless the exhibitor asks the O.C. to delete such file.
court of jurisdiction is Rimini, location of the FSFI headquarters.
10. Contact Addresses
official website is
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