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Bylaws of the Association for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries (AMAPSEEC)
(Approved on November 24, 2000, at the initiative meeting on the foundation of the AMAPSEEC in Belgrade)
The Association for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries (AMAPSEEC) has its headquarters in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Note 1). As the multi-professional, non-governmental and non-profit.comanisation, AMAPSEEC conducts numerous activities through direct engagement of its members from the countries belonging to the region, and out of them. The purpose of the Association is the advancement of research and science, as well as promotion of production, processing and trade in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Specifically, this purpose is achieved by
· the.comanisation of scientific and professional meetings,
· the financial support of research work,
· support of the scientific journals and publications of AMAPSEEC members,
· co-operation with.comanisations having similar aims,
· the scientific advising of public institutions, and
· the other measures serving the purposes of the Association.
The AMAPSEEC is international in scope. Official language is English.
The AMAPSEEC is not a commercial.comanisation; it does not seek to earn a financial profit from its various activities.
The resources of the AMAPSEEC shall be used only for the purposes of the AMAPSEEC as established in the Bylaws. No resources of the AMAPSEEC are to be donated to members.
No person may receive funds for purposes not consistent with the purpose of the AMAPSEEC nor may they be granted any funds in unreasonable amounts.
Upon dissolution or termination of the AMAPSEEC or upon completion of its purpose, any remaining funds and assets shall be conveyed to a legally authorised.comanisation which has been recognised by the competent financial authorities as being of public benefit, subject to the proviso that the assets are to be used to support science in the field of medicinal plant research. Such an.comanisation shall be selected by the Members' Meeting prior to the dissolution of the Association.
In order to effect dissolution of the AMAPSEEC, the written agreement of two-thirds of the Association 's members is required.
1. The Association is composed of regular, supporting and honorary members.
2. Regular members shall consist of all individuals interested in the aims of the Association.
3. Supporting members shall consist of all legal entities, associations, and all those being ready to fulfil obligations, which such membership assumes, desiring to promote the aims and interests of the Association.
Honorary members shall consist of individuals who have rendered special service either to medicinal and aromatic plant research or to the Association. Their nomination follows proposal by at least five members and approval by a two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors of the Association. A document shall be issued, signed by the President, certifying the appointment as an Honorary Member. Number of active honorary members is limited to 10.
1. Regular members and supporting members are required to pay an annual membership fee; honorary members are exempt from the obligation to pay this fee.
2. The amount of the fee is determined by the Members' Meeting, following a recommendation of the Board of Directors. Members are obligated to pay a full year's dues even if their membership has existed for only a portion of that year. The Executive Council, upon receipt on an application, may grant fee reduction or exemption in justified cases.
3. The annual membership fee becomes due following receipt of a bill from the Association.
The Association's membership year shall coincide with the calendar year. Membership fees for the entire year are due on January 1 or upon notification of acceptance into membership.
1. The initiation of membership either as a regular or supporting member requires a written application to the Executive Council.
The acceptance of a new member is effected by appropriate action of the President and the Secretary acting for the Executive Council. The Secretary informs the applicant in writing concerning acceptance or non-acceptance.
2. Any member is entitled to give notice of the termination of his/her membership in the Association via a written declaration addressed to the Executive Council. Such termination of membership becomes effective immediately. There is no refund of membership fees.
3. The exclusion of a member may be ordered by the Board of Director if
o the member still owes his/her annual membership fee six weeks after the sending of a second reminder,
o if the member has acted in a manner causing appreciable harm to the Association's public reputation.
If a member owes his/her annual membership fee for 2 or more years he/she is excluded automatically.
The exclusion becomes valid as soon as a written declaration issued by the Executive Council has been received. The excluded member is entitled, following a request to the Board of Directors, to present an appeal at the next regular Members' Meeting. This matter shall be included as a regular item of business on the agenda of the Meeting. The exclusion is regarded as invalid if the Members' Meeting does not confirm it by majority vote conducted by secret ballot.
1. The Association shall consist of the following .comanisational units:
o Members' Meeting,
o Executive Council,
o Advisory Board, and
o Board of Directors.
2. All regular, supporting, and honorary members shall be eligible to participate in the Members' Meeting. Each member present has one vote. The representation of the absent members is not permitted, but they can vote submitting their votes.
3. The Executive Council consists of five members as follows:
o two representatives of the President (Vice-Presidents),
o financial officer (Treasurer), and
o keeper of the records (Secretary).
The President, his two representatives, the Secretary, and the Treasurer shall be entered into the Public Register of Societies, each possessing the sole power of representation. The President or one of his representatives, as well as the Treasurer, must be residents of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Note 2).
4. The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Council and the Advisory Board.
5. The number of members of the Advisory Board is not fixed. Advisory Board consists of supporting member representatives. Each supporting member is represented with one member in Advisory Board. Each country can have several supporting members. The election of additional members to the Advisory Board may be conducted in order to represent adequately the regional as well as any other essential interests of the members.
6. The members of the Executive Council and the Advisory Board are each elected by the Members' Meeting for a period of two complete calendar years. The election is directly valid. Re-election is permissible. The period of office starts with the first day of the calendar year following the election.
In addition, corresponding members may be elected to the Board of Directors as consultants.
1. Regular business of the Association is conducted by the Executive Council. The President, or, if he is incapacitated, one of his representatives, serves as chairman. Three members of the Executive Council shall constitute a quorum, and decisions shall be made by a simple majority of those voting. In the event of a tie, the President casts the deciding ballot. If all members of the Executive Council agree to such a procedure, decisions may also be made by mail ballot.
2. The President shall convene the Board of Directors at least once annually. Notification of Board members shall take place at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. A quorum shall consist of 50 % of the members, and decisions are made by a simple majority vote. In the event of a tie, the President shall cast the deciding ballot. In special cases, the President may conduct business of the Board of Directors by mail ballot. Such a ballot will be considered valid if participated in by all members of the Executive Council and at least one-half the members of the Advisory Board.
The Board of Directors reserves the following items of business for decision:
o determination of location, date and duration of scientific meetings,
o resolutions concerning the granting of financial support to scientific work and arranging details involved in such support and
o constitution of AMAPSEEC' Sections, Commissions, Working groups or Committees for fulfilment aims of the Association.
In addition to the above, the Board of Directors debates and decides upon agenda items presented to it by the Executive Council.
Minutes shall be kept on all decisions of the Executive Council and Board of Directors and shall be signed by the person recording them.
1. A regular Members' Meeting shall be convened annually by the President. It shall be combined with a scientific meeting of the Association.
2. Upon decision of the Board of Directors, additional extraordinary Members' Meetings may be convened.
3. An extraordinary Members' Meeting shall be convened upon written request of 10 % of the members. The request shall include details on the purpose(s) and reason(s) for such a meeting.
4. The invitation to such a meeting shall be issued in writing to all members by the Executive Council at least four weeks prior to the selected date. A preliminary agenda shall accompany each invitation.
5. At the Members' Meeting, each regular, supporting, or honorary member has one vote. The Members' Meeting makes a decision by simple majority of the votes cast, with the exception of changes to the Bylaws, for which a majority of two-thirds is required. The representation of the absent members is not permitted, but they can vote submitting their votes.
6. The Members' Meeting shall hear the yearly Treasurer's Report, which has previously been audited by two members authorised by the membership.
7. The decisions of the Members' Meeting shall be recorded and the minutes signed by the President or his representative and the Secretary.
1. These Bylaws become valid on the day after recording at the official Public Register of Societies.
Should any of the conditions stipulated in these Bylaws give rise to objections by the Court of Registrations, the Executive Council shall be authorised to make any necessary change(s), provided such change(s) are of a technical and not of a substantive nature. Substantive changes require subsequent confirmation by the Members' Meeting.
Note 1. Belgrade (FR Yugoslavia) has been given only as example. Decision of the location of AMAPSEEC' headquarter will be made by Board of Directors, depending upon conditions and conveniences offered by nominated institutions. Headquarter must be located in one of the countries belonging to the region of Southeast Europe (i.e. Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, and FR Yugoslavia).
Note 2. FR Yugoslavia has been given only as an example. Actually, the President or one of his representatives, as well as Secretary and Treasurer, must be residents of the country where Headquarter of AMAPSEEC is located.