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FEPA Fact Sheet March 7, 2022

Statement by the FEPA Board regarding the conflict in Ukraine

The FEPA Board met on 2 March 2022 to consider its position regarding the conflict in Ukraine initiated by the Russian Federation and Belarus.
It has agreed the following points:
  1. FEPA is a non-political organisation dedicated to promoting cooperation between its Members in the belief that philately brings people together. It does not exercise control over its Members or organise events independently of them, and its function is purely advisory.
  2. However, FEPA exists to coordinate and represent the views of its Members and consequently the Board feels compelled to express the overwhelming sense of horror and dismay among its Members at the truly exceptional situation created by the aggressive actions currently underway in Ukraine. It offers its deepest sympathy to all the victims of this conflict.
  3. Decisions on suspension or termination of membership can only be made by the FEPA Congress. However, the Board can make recommendations to its Members on immediate actions they should consider to demonstrate their determination that the aggression in Ukraine is not acceptable.
  4. The Board’s recommendation to its Members is that they should not permit participation from Russia and Belarus of any kind in their philatelic events for the foreseeable future.
  5. The Board regrets deeply that this may disadvantage philatelists in Russia and Belarus, but it is clear that FEPA cannot appear in any way to condone the aggressive actions in Ukraine.
  6. The Board will keep the position under close review in the light of events.
Igor Pirc
Secretary General
3 March 2022
International Women’s Day to be celebrated on 8th March in Italy

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, on 8 March 2022, the Polo bibliotecario del Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico and the Comitato Unico di Garanzia del Ministero (CUG) have organised a teleconference with central theme “The woman in Italian philatelic history”.  Ms. Maria Grazia Dosio, a passionate philatelist and a renowned philatelic blogger, will be the key note speaker.
The teleconference will start at 3.00 pm CET on Webex. For registrations send an email to
The Fishermen’s Bastion depicted on Hunfilex 2022 stamps

The Fishermen’s Bastion in Budapest, built in the late 19th century, is featured on a pair of se-tenant stamps placed in circulation on 4 March by Magyar Posta to promote Hunfilex 2022.
Details of the issue here.

The World Stamp Exhibition in the Hungarian capital will take place between 31 March and 3 April under FIP patronage and FEPA recognition.
Ostropa 2022 is cancelled due to the war in Ukraine

The Organising Committee of Ostropa 2022 issued a long statement on Saturday 26th February, expressing their regret in their decision to cancel Ostropa for a third time.

The reasoning behind the decision was stated loud and clear: “Ultimately, what made us decide to take this painful step was the realization that with the invasion of Russian military units in the Ukraine, the idea on which our exhibition is based, of a Europe of peoples with equal rights, who work together in a friendly manner and solve problems that arise peacefully, can no longer be conveyed credibly. What we are at the moment experiencing is a fundamental change in European relations. Where the development will go cannot be said today. And it is also  impossible to foresee how organized philately will position itself within these processes of change in the future. At least we hope that the often-cited ‘force that unites peoples’ will continue to be a universally recognized cornerstone of our hobby.”

Read the complete statement here.
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London 2022 Grand Prizes and complete list of awards

London 2022 Awards:

World Stamp Champion: James Peter Gough (USA), “UPU and its Impact on Global Postal Services”

Grand Prix International: Vittorio Morani (Italy), “Tuscany 1836 to UPU: Letter mail in, from and to Tuscany: routes, rates and charges”

Grand Prix National: Howard Hughes (UK), “The Maltese Cross”

Details on Grand Prix winners and candidates here.
Awards on exhibits on frames here.
Awards on Philatelic Literature exhibits here.

Photo: Bernie Beston, FIP President (left), and James Peter Gough
[photo credit: London 2022 Facebook account]
Liberec 2022 has released Exhibition Bulletin No. 1

The Liberec 2022 Organising Committee has recently released an attractive 32-page booklet and uploaded it on the exhibition website.

You can read Bulletin No. 1 here (6.35 MB).
600 numbers for the Spanish Revista de Filatelia

The Revista de Filatelia magazine celebrated its 600th number with its current February issue. The first number of the Spanish monthly appeared in September 1967. In 2005 the magazine was honoured by the European Academy of Philately (AEP) with the Philatelic Press Award. The R.F. is published by Edifil S.A.

Browse through some sample pages of R.F. No. 599 here.
Nominations for the elections at the 76th FIP Congress

The FIP announced the nominations for the upcoming elections of the Board and the Commissions. The elections will take place in August, at the 76th FIP Congress in Jakarta, during the World Stamp Championship Indonesia 2022.

Read the official FIP Nominations (a) to the FIP Board here and (b) to the FIP Commissions here.