By Nigel Wynn
Newly-elected Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) president Brian Cookson has published details of his annual salary, making good one of his pre-election pledges.
Former British Cycling president Cookson will receive CHF340,000 (equivalent to £235,500 at today's exchange rate) in his new role. The UCI states that this is CHF110,000 (approximately £76,000) less than the amount received by his predecessor, Pat McQuaid. McQuaid had previously refused to divulge his salary package.
According to the statement released by the UCI on Tuesday (October 29), the president's salary will be reviewed annually by the newly created Remuneration Committee.
UCI meets to discuss measures to restore trust in organisation
The UCI Management Committee underwent its first full meeting on Tuesday since Cookson was elected in September. Four key measures were agreed during the meeting, and have been published as follows:
"A full audit of the systems and controls currently employed by the UCI's anti-doping operations to ensure that they are working efficiently. The audit will also be used as a basis to create a clear roadmap for setting up an independent UCI anti-doping operation in 2014.
"The broad principles under which it intends to move forward with the implementation of an Independent Commission which will look into allegations of past wrongdoing at the UCI and the extent and roots of doping in cycling. The objectives of the Independent Commission are in line with the manifesto of Brian Cookson, to re-establish trust in the UCI and restore confidence in the sport of cycling. UCI will continue its discussions with WADA and other stakeholders to finalise the Independent Commission's framework.
"The establishment of an International Development Commission to review the wide-ranging work of the UCI in this field including the role of Global Cycling Promotion and the World Cycling Centre. The Commission will report its initial findings and recommendations to the next UCI Management Committee in January 2014.
"Supporting the new Women's Cycling Commission, chaired by UCI Vice President Tracey Gaudry, in its work to appoint members and establish objectives including 2014 recommendations by the end of 2013 on delivering a step change in women's cycling. Further details on this will be available on the UCI website this week."
Cookson said: "Today's Management Committee meeting was an important moment for the UCI as we put in place a number of measures to restore trust in the UCI and ensure our great sport is able to move forward.
"We have made important decisions on women's cycling, international development, the establishment of a fully independent anti-doping unit and an independent commission to look into allegations of UCI wrong-doing. We have also started the process of modernising the UCI's constitution.
"There is a huge amount of work to do in the coming months and beyond, but I am excited by the passion and support my colleagues have shown for implementing a real programme of change for the good of cycling."
In addition, former British Cycling Policy and Legal Affairs Director Martin Gibbs has been given the role of UCI Director General. Gibbs had previously worked for the UCI between 2007 and 2009, before joining British Cycling and he replaces previous UCI Director General Christophe Hubschmid, who left the role shortly after Cookson was elected.
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