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Make Eurasia Episcopal Area a Provisional Central Conference (81389-CC-¶540-!)

Amend ¶540 as follows:
  
¶ 540. Authorization-1. In territory outside the United States, annual conferences, provisional annual conferences, missionary conferences, mission conferences, and missions, in such numbers as the General Conference by a two-thirds vote shall determine, may be organized by the General Conference into central conferences or provisional central conferences, with such duties, privileges, and powers as are hereinafter set forth and as the General Conference by a two-thirds vote shall prescribe.9
2. There shall be such central conferences as have been authorized or shall be hereafter authorized by the General Conference; provided that a central conference shall have a total of at least thirty clergy and thirty lay delegates on the basis of representation as set forth in this section, except as the General Conference may fix a different number.
  3. The United Methodist Church shall have central conferences with ministries in the following countries:
    a) Africa Central Conference: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe;
b) Central and Southern Europe Central Conference: Albania,
Algeria, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Tunisia, (Carpathian) Ukraine, FR Yugoslavia;
c) Congo Central Conference: Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Demo-cratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia;
d) Germany Central Conference: Germany;
e) Northern Europe Central Conference:
Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Eurasia Provisional;
f) Philippines Central Conference: Philippines;
g) West Africa Central Conference: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria,
Senegal, Sierra Leone.
  4. A provisional central conference may become a central conference upon the fulfillment of the necessary requirements and upon the authorization of the General Conference.