Under the name'ARS EPA-UNEPSA' is formed a non-profit association within the meaning of Article 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code. It is politically neutral and confessionally independent.
The association's headquarters are located in the commune of Bevaix in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
Its duration is indeterminate.
3.1. The Association aims to promote scientific activity as well as research that will be carried out in favour of national European paediatric organisations.
The association does not pursue any economic purpose and does not aim for profit. The organs practice their activity on a voluntary basis.
3.2. The association also pursues the following specific goals:
Where this appears to be conducive to its objectives, the association may be affiliated with other related European Societies/Associations provided that its independence is assured.
The resources available to the association to pursue its purpose are:
The funds are used in accordance with the social purpose.
The heritage of the association alone meets the commitments made on its behalf.
Any personal responsibility of its members is excluded.
Honorary members and members of the current committee are exempt from paying the dues.
All European national paediatric scientific organisations that are committed to the goal of the association can become members.
Applications for membership must be addressed to the Council; the admission decision rests with the General Assembly.
The Conseil may also propose the admission of members to the General Assembly.
Applicants have no legal right to be accepted as a member of the Association.
5.2.The association is made up of:
5.3. La membership is lost:
The exclusion is pronounced by the Committee, for 'just reasons', with a right of appeal before the General Assembly. The appeal period is thirty days after notification of the decision of the Conseil.
In any case, the contribution for the year remains due.
Resigning or excluded members have no right to social assets.
The bodies of the association are:
The General Assembly is the supreme power of the association. It is made up of all members.
It meets once a year in regular session. It may, moreover, meet in a special session whenever necessary at the request of the Conseil or 2/5th of the members.
The member organizations of the association each appoint a delegate to represent them in the General Assembly with the right to vote. Delegates are in principle the legal representatives of the member organization.
The general assembly is validly constituted (Quorum) by the presence of at least 1/3th of the members of the association.
The Council communicates to members inwriting the date of the General Assembly at least 6 weeks in advance. The convening of the agenda is addressed by the Council to each member at least 10 days in advance.
The General Assembly:
In addition, the General Assembly:
The General Assembly is chaired by the president of the association or by a member of the Council delegated by the president. The minutes of the resolutions adopted in the General Assembly are prepared by the Secretary-General and countersigned by the President of the General Assembly.
The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by a simple majority of the votes of the members present. In the event of a tie, the president's vote counts double.
Decisions on the amendment of the statutes and the dissolution of the association can only be taken by a majority of two-thirds of the members present.
Voting takes place by show of hands. At the request of at least five members, they will be held by secret ballot.
The agenda of the annual general meeting, known as ordinary, necessarily includes:
The Council is authorized to perform all acts that relate to the purpose of the association. It has the broadest powers to manage day-to-day business.
The Council consists of at least three members elected by the General Assembly (one President, one Secretary and one Treasurer-e). The board is supplemented as an advisory member by thelocal representative where appropriate.
In addition, the Council may include other members with the following skills:
The Council adopts its resolutions by a simple majority of the votes cast. In the event of a tie, the President has the casting vote. A quorum exists when a minimum of two-thirds of the members of the Council are present. If all members of the Council agree, Council resolutions may also be adopted by written consent instead of a meeting.
Noone of the Council's positions can only be held by the same member of the Council for a period of three years, but renewable twice.
The Council meets as many times as the association's business requires.
Board members act on a voluntary basis and can only claim compensation for their actual expenses and travel expenses. Any attendance tokens may not exceed those paid for official commissions. For activities that exceed the usual scope of the function, each member of the committee may receive appropriate compensation.
Paid persons of the association may only sit on the Council with an advisory voice.
The Committee is responsible for:
The General Assembly appoints at least two auditors. It may also entrust this task to a fiduciary corporation.
The accounts watchdog verifies the annual operating account and balance sheet prepared by the Council and submits a written and detailed report to the Annual General Meeting.
The association is validly engaged by the collective signature to two of the members of the Council and/or any other representative appointed for this purpose by the Council in a power of attorney.
Each time, however, the signature of the president and one of the signatures of the secretary general or treasurer are required to represent the company.
The fiscal year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of each year.
In the event of the dissolution of the association, the available assets will be allocated entirely to an institution pursuing a public interest purpose similar to that of the association and benefiting from the tax exemption. Under no circumstances will the property be returned to the physical founders or members, nor be used for their own benefit in any or part of it.
These statutes were adopted by the constituent general assembly at its meeting on 12 December 2020.
On behalf of the association:
The Presiding Officer The Sitting Secretary