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Old Statutes of The European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology

(This is the old version of the statutes approved in March 30, 1998, and valid until July 11, 2012. The current version is here.)

Chapter I: Name - Aims - Registered Office and Scope

Article 1.- An Association under the name of EUropean Society for Fuzzy Logic And Technology is hereby constituted, protected by that which laid out in article 22 of the 1978 Spanish Constitution, that which established in the Law of Associations 191/64 of 24th December, Royal Decree 304/85 of February 6th, and other remaining legal ordinances. The Association is of a non-profit making nature. The regulations of the Association will be determined by the Statutes hereby included.

Article 2.- This Association has the following aims:

Article 3.- The following activities can be undertaken for the best possible accomplishment of these objectives:

Article 4.- The Association establishes its registered office in the Dept. of Computation Sciences and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Granada, Science Faculty, Fuentenueva Campus, 18071, Granada (Spain). The Association's range of activity will cover the whole of Spain.

Chapter II

Article 5.- The Association will be managed and administered by a Board of Directors made up of: a president, a vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer and the members necessary for the running of the Association, two being the minimum number. All posts on the Board of Directors will be non-remunerated and designated by the Ordinary General Assembly. Their mandates will be for a duration of two years.

Article 6.- The Board of Directors will meet as often as the President so decides and on the initiative or request of four of its members. Meetings will be deemed constituted when more than half of the total number of members attend and any agreements must be established by a majority vote in order to be valid. In the case of a tie, the President will have the casting vote.

Article 7.- The faculties of the Board of Directors are as follows:

  1. To direct the activities and oversee the economic and administrative management of the Association, agreeing to carry out the necessary contracts and actions.
  2. To put the agreements of the General Assembly into practice, watching over the accomplishment of the Association's objectives.
  3. To draw up and present for approval by the General Assembly the yearly budget, statement of accounts and yearly report.
  4. To decide upon the admission of new associates and collaborating entities.
  5. To name delegates for any specific activity of the Association.
  6. To any other faculty that is not within the exclusive competence of the General Assembly of members.

Article 8.- The President will have the following authority: Represent the Association in the presence of any kind of public or private body; call, preside ove r and adjourn the meetings held by the General Assembly and the Board of Directors, supervise the deliberations of either said group; order payments to be made and sign documents, minutes and correspondence, thus authorizing them; take any urgent measures that the smooth running of the Association recommends or that become necessary or convenient during the development of its activities. This is no way excludes the President's obligation, in such cases, to subsequently inform the Board of Directors.

Article 9.- The Vice-president will take over from the President in the case of his/her justified absence and will have the same authority.

Article 10.- The Secretary will be responsible for the supervision of the administrative work of the Association, issue certificates, keep the files, look after the documentation of the entity, make sure that the Authority is informed of designations to the Boards of Directors, the holding of Assemblies and the approving of the budgets and statement of accounts, coordinate the editing of all the Association's publications and take minutes of all the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Association Assemblies.

Article 11.- The Treasurer will manage the funds belonging to the Association, collecting them and accomplishing the orders for payment issued by the President.

Article 12.- The Members will have the obligations corresponding to their post as members of the Board of Directors, along with those arising from the delegations or working commissions assigned by the Board itself.

Article 13.- Vacancies that may occur during the mandate of any of the members of the Board of Directors will be provisionally covered among said members until the definitive election by the Special General Assembly.

Article 14.- The Members of the Board of Directors will resign due to any of the following causes:

  1. Through personal choice.
  2. Due to any legal incapacity that may occur.
  3. Through loss of the necessary conditions for election.
  4. Due to the legal termination of the mandate.
  5. Due to the passing of a motion of censure, the party concerned having had a prior hearing. The presentation of the said motion of censure will be justified in writing and carried out before the Board of Directors. It must necessarily be supported by 15% of the members of the Association. It must be subject to a debate in the Special Assembly called for that purpose.

Chapter III

Article 15.- The General Assembly is the supreme body of the Association and will be formed by all the members.

Article 16.- The meetings of the General Assembly will be both of an ordinary and special character. The ordinary meeting will be held once a year; the special meetings will be held when the circumstances so recommend, in the opinion of the President, when the Board of Directors so agrees or when it is proposed in writing by 15% of the associates. In this last case, from the time of the request for a special General Assembly to its convocation, there must be a space of time not greater than two months.

Article 17.- The convocation of General Meetings will be made in writing, expressing the place, date and time of the meeting, along with the agenda. From the time of the convocation to the day put forward for the holding of the Assembly in the first convening, there must be at least 15 days.

Article 18.- The General Assemblies, both ordinary and special, will be considered validly constituted in the first convening when the majority of associates with the right to vote attend, and in the second convening whatever the number of associates attending with the right to vote. The agreements will be accepted by a simple majority of the votes of those attending, in the case of an ordinary assembly, and by a two-thirds majority in the case of a special assembly and when electing the Members of the Board of Directors.

Article 19.- The faculties of the Ordinary General Assembly are as follows:

  1. Approving, should the case arise, the measures of the Board of Directors.
  2. Examining and approving the statement of accounts.
  3. Approving or rejecting the proposals of the Board of Directors with regard to the activities of the Association.
  4. Setting the ordinary or special contributions.
  5. Approving the editing of publications, along with the resources destined to this end.
  6. Naming the members of the Board of Directors.
  7. The setting up of sections.
  8. The setting up of or integration within federations.
  9. Any other faculty that is not within the exclusive competence of the Special Assembly.

Article 20.- Areas corresponding to the Special General Assembly:

  1. Debate on and approving censure motions of members of the Board of Directors.
  2. Modification of the Statutes.
  3. Dissolution of the Association.
  4. Allocation and disposal of property.
  5. Expulsion of members, on the proposal of the Board of Directors.
  6. Petition of declaration of public utility.

Chapter IV: Members

Article 21.- Those persons who are of age with legal capacity and interested in the development of the Association's aims may form part of said Association. Admission to the Association must be requested via the Board of Directors. Institutions and Companies which, due to their activities, can contribute towards improving the aims of the Association may also apply to the Board of Directors for Membership of the Association as Collaborating Entities.

Article 22.- There may also be Honorary Members within the Association. These will be people who, due to their prestige or by having significantly contributed towards dignifying and developing the Association, become worthy of such a distinction. The naming of Honorary Members will correspond to the General Assembly on the proposal of the Board of Directors.

Article 23.- Members will cease to be so due to any of the following causes:

  1. Through personal choice, informing the Board of Directors in writing of this decision.
  2. Due to non-accomplishment of economic obligations, after failing to cover two periodic contributions.
  3. Through deeds or words that discredit the Association, seriously perturb the meetings organised by the said Association or the normal coexistence of the associates.

Article 24.- The members will have the following rights:

  1. Take part in any of the activities organised by the Association in fulfilling its aims.
  2. Enjoy all the advantages and benefits that the Association may obtain.
  3. Take part in the Assemblies with the right to vote.
  4. Elect and be eligible for management posts.
  5. Receive information on the agreements adopted by the Association bodies.
  6. Receive information on the agreements adopted by the Association bodies.

Article 25.- The members will have the following obligations:

  1. Fulfill the current Statutes and valid agreements of the Assemblies and the Board of Directors.
  2. Pay the contributions established.
  3. Attend the Assemblies and other acts that may be organised.
  4. Carry out, in such a case, the obligations inherent of the post held.
  5. Contribute, by means of correct behaviour, to the good name and prestige of the Association.

Article 26.- The Honorary Members will have the same obligations as other members, except those included in section d) of the two articles above.

Article 27.- For reasons of scientific interest, a group of at least 15 members may form a Section. This must be applied for to the Board of Directors, presenting, along with the application, the working regulations of the Section.

Chapter V: About the Manager

Article 28.- The Board of Directors has the power to name a Manager, who will not be a member of the Association., granting him/her the executive faculties deemed appropriate. The Manager will inform the Board of Directors of his/her management. The said Board will establish, in such a case, the payment to be received by the Manager.

Chapter VI: About Committees or Working Groups

Article 29.- Committees or Working Groups may be established when considered appropriate at any given moment. The Committees' mission will be to carry out the orders of the Board of Directors and will be granted specific powers and faculties to this end. The Working Groups may be formed in order to study and develop specific topics established by the Board of Directors, who will provide consultation with regard to said topics. The members of these Committees and Groups will be elected from those persons who, due to their professional training, personal contacts or social standing, are considered to be most appropriate. The presidency will always be occupied by a member of the Board of Directors. The members forming the said Committees and Groups will attend, in such a case, the Board meetings in which their specific subjects are to be dealt with.

Chapter VII: Economic Resources

Article 30.- The economic resources envisaged for the development of the aims and activities of the Association will be as follows:

  1. The patrimony at the Association's disposal.
  2. Admission, periodic or special contributions.
  3. Grants, inheritance or legacies that may be legally received from physical or juridical persons or entities.
  4. Contributions from Collaborating Entities.
  5. Any other licit resource.

Article 31.- The limit of the budget will be determined yearly by the Ordinary General Assembly, being initially estimated at 1,000,000 Spanish Pesetas (being €6,010.12). The Association does not have institutional assets.

Chapter VIII: Dissolution

Article 32.- The Association will be voluntarily dissolved when agreed upon by the Special General Assembly convened to this end.

Article 33.- In the case of dissolution, a settlement committee will be named which, once all debts have been covered, will donate any liquid surplus there may be to charity.

Additional Ordinance

Any aspect not included in the Statutes herein laid out will be subject to the current Law of Associations and complementary ordinances.