Cookson was elected president last month and yesterday presided over the UCI management committee at an extraordinary meeting to discuss a range of issues. As part of a commitment to transparency, Cookson pledged to reveal his remuneration, something Irishman McQuaid declined to do during his eight years in office.
Cookson began the process of following through with other promises made in his election manifesto. During his campaign Cookson vowed to lead the UCI in a different way to McQuaid, who favoured an autocratic approach, and the new man was pleased with his day's work.
"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," said Cookson.
"I would like to thank my management committee colleagues for the professional and collegiate way they approached today's meeting and I am encouraged by the strong sense of common purpose."
Measures agreed included:
l a full audit of the systems and controls currently employed by the UCI's anti-doping operations ahead of the establishment of an independent UCI anti-doping operation in 2014.
l the broad principles relating to an Independent Commission which will look into allegations of past wrongdoing at the UCI and the extent and roots of doping in cycling.
l the establishment of an international development commission to work on global growth in the sport.
l supporting the new women's cycling commission, chaired by the UCI vice-president Tracey Gaudry.
Cookson added: "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."
Meanwhile, Martin Gibbs has been named UCI director general. Gibbs, previously British Cycling's policy and Legal Affairs director, managed Cookson's election campaign.