Title I. Name, seat and aim
An International Association with Scientific and Educational Aims is founded herewith. The name of the Association, referred to in these Statutes as the Association, shall be the "European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), AISBL".
The legal seat of the Association is currently at Chaussee de Waterloo 1151, 1180 Uccle, Belgium. It may be transferred to another address within the Brussels Region by a decision of the General Assembly.
The Association is an international non-profit association with the following aims:
Title II. Membership
The association has three categories of membership:
Acceptance of new members is subject to the following conditions:
The members pay a membership fee, which the General Assembly determines every year for each membership category upon a proposal from the Executive Board.
Title III. General assembly
a) The general organ of direction of the Association is the General Assembly, which has the ultimate authority in implementing the aims of the association.
a) The General Assembly ordinarily meets every year under the chairmanship of the President of the Executive Board. It meets at the legal seat of the association, at another place or virtually, which is to be specified in the notice calling the meeting.
Each working member can be represented at the General Assembly by another working member by way of a written and signed proxy delivered before the votes or elections. However, each working representative cannot represent more than one member, institutional or individual.
a) Except for the exceptions specified in these statutes or the Law, the General Assembly votes and elects by a simple majority of those present and represented. In the case of a tie, the vote of the President or of the Board member replacing the President will be decisive.
The General Assembly holds the powers expressly recognised by the Law or by the present statutes. Of its exclusive competence are, among others:
Title IV. Executive board
a) The Executive Board, which shall consist of at least three and no more than fifteen members, will manage the association's current business. The General Assembly shall elect by simple majority the members of the association's Executive Board for a four year term. An Executive Board member may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
The Executive Board shall appoint from its members the President, the Vice President, the Secretary and the Treasurer.
a) The Executive Board meets at least once a year. The meetings of the Executive Board can be physical or virtual. The Board can be convoked by ways of announcement in the virtual ECREA Boardroom, on the website, by email or by registered post.
a) The Executive Board can decide on all management matters, except those which fall within the authority of the General Assembly.
a) The Executive Board shall decide by a simple majority of votes, either present or represented. In the case of a tie, the vote of the President or of the Board member replacing the President will be decisive.
All legal documents which bind the association shall be signed by the President and one other board member, except in case of special proxies or for specific tasks for which the Board has decided otherwise.
The Executive Board acts on behalf of the association in legal cases. It is represented by the President or another Board Member appointed by the Board.
Title V. Other clauses
a) Amendments to the statutes or the dissolution of the association must be proposed by the Executive Board or by two-thirds of the working members of the association.
The budget year of the association begins January 1 and ends on December 31. The General Assembly approves the accounts and budget on a yearly basis.
Everything which is not addressed in the above statutes, and in particular the publications in the Annexes of the Moniteur Belge, shall be dealt with in accordance with the Law.
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