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 Statute (Summary)



CONSTITUTION

Art. 1

The Cultural Association Mitteleuropa was set up in 1974.
It is a non-profit organization.

SEAT

Art. 2
The registered office of the Association is in Gorizia, Via Santa Chiara 18; the organizational office is in Udine, Via San Francesco 34. Single territorial delegations can establish their own operative offices.

SYMBOLS

Art. 3

The symbol of the Association is the Habsburg two-headed eagle (in the peculiar graphical version of the registered mark) which is intended to be a spontaneous reference to common cultural roots and to a historical brother- and sisterhood. The local delegations can add to the two-headed eagle another symbol characterizing their own history. Use of the social symbols in their particular specific graphical version is permitted exclusively to the statutory bodies. The symbols are Association’s protected patrimony.

INSPIRATION PRINCIPLES

Art. 4

Love for our fatherland with the consequent opposition to any form of nationalism, totalitarism and colonialism.

Art. 5
Awareness of, and responsibility for, the fact that the union of European peoples is a cultural imperative.

AIMS


The Association holds that all activities promoting coexistence, mutual acquaintance, collaboration, assistance, and respect among different European ethnic groups and cultures play a crucial role in social solidarity. This role assumes even greater merit and importance when conducted in typically border- and multi-ethnic areas, such as those in which the Association aims at being most active. Our Association therefore devotes special effort towards:

Art. 6
The preservation and enhancement of the civil rights that derive from our ethnical, historical, and cultural identities as well as the rights of all other European nations, as a necessary condition for overcoming any current division.

Art. 7
With faith in European unity, the development of social solidarity activities, which help strengthen brotherly and sisterly bonds and cohabitation among all bordering nations, overcoming historical and current frontiers.

Art. 8
The promotion of, collaboration with, and support of cultural, scientific, artistic, and social co-operation projects, which are aimed at integrating and encouraging relations among nations and their institutions, by calling on the natural predisposition and international vocation of our peoples and the unique and strategic geographical position of our regions. In function of these aims, the Association evinced its mission from the very beginning, by planning and developing initiatives targeted at promoting awareness of the strategic role of the geographic areas of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region – and more generally, northeastern Italy – in strengthening dialogue and co-operation with Central-Eastern Europe and in the European integration of the citizens of these areas. These initiatives have always promoted, and will continue to promote, the aims of making the common cultural matrices of the macro-area that is now commonly referred to as Mitteleurope known and of sensitising all levels of public opinion to the need for its citizens to actively participate in the construction of the European Common Home.
To this end, the Association’s structure is organised with a Secretary General, who refers to an Executive Board, with Territorial delegations representing the local centres of Gorizia, Trieste, Udine and Cormòns
.

Art. 9
The Association pursues its aims as mentioned above as a non-profit-making body and exclusively for the purpose of social solidarity. The Association cannot therefore perform different activities than the above mentioned ones, except for such activities that are directly connected to those mentioned.


PARTICIPATION (Summary)

Art. 10 – 11 – 12 – 13
Any adult citizen can become a member of the Association handing in an application. (...)
Members are obliged to honestly attend to the aims of the Association and possibly to collaborate at the organization of events.
Members have the right to vote at the assembly and to receive the Association’s symbols, the magazine and every information necessary for the participation at the social activities.

ORGANS


Art. 14
1. General Assembly
2. Secretaries of Local Delegations
3. Executive Board
4. President
5. Vice President
6. Treasurer
7. Board of Arbitrators
8. Board of Auditors
9. Secretary General


GENERAL ASSEMBLY (Summary)

Art. 15 –16
The general assembly is the plenary organ of the Association which represents all the associates. It is convened ordinarily by the president once a year for the approval of balance-sheets, of estimated expenditures and for the election of the social appointments.

LOCAL DELEGATIONS (Summary)

Art. 17 –18 –19 – 20 – 21
A local delegation can be established in any territorial area. The minimum number of members for founding a local delegation is twenty-five. Each local delegation elects its secretary who becomes the legal representative of that delegation. The delegation secretary’s name must be communicated to the Executive Board.
The local delegations organize own activities in their territories in respect of the Association’s principles and aims. The delegation secretary is responsible for that.
The local delegations can establish their own offices.

EXECUTIVE BOARD (Summary)

Art. 22 –23 – 24 – 25
The Executive Board is composed of: the president of the Association, the vice president of the Association, four councillors elected by the general assembly, three secretaries of the most representative local delegations, up to four councillors appointed by the president.
The Executive Board is the operative and administrative body of the Association.

PRESIDENT (Summary)

Art. 26
The president is the legal representative of the Association. He signs on behalf of the Association.


VICE PRESIDENT (Summary)

Art. 27
The vice president is appointed by the president among the members of the Executive Board. He can substitute the president in his functions.
.

TREASURER (Summary)

Art. 28
The Treasurer cares for the money and for the Association’s accounting.

BOARD OF ARBITRATORS (Summary)

Art. 29

It has five members and decides in case of violation of the Statute and/or disputes.

BOARD OF AUDITORS

Art. 30
It consists of three members. It controls and audits the balance-sheets of the Association.

SECRETARY

Art. 31
He assists the president and the Executive Board in the executive activities, he carries out the function of recording the minutes in every institutional occasion, cares for the list of the associates etc.

DURATION OF THE APPOINTMENTS

Art. 32

The social appointments are four-yearly, renewable and unpaid.

FINANCING

Art. 33
The Association is financed from free contributions by its members; from eventual grants by bodies and institutions that want to support the Association’s aims or its single activities; from earnings realized from such activities.
The Executive Board fixes a minimal annual membership dues. The members have no other financial obligation. (...)

PRESS

Art. 34
The Association is the editor of a quarterly magazine “Mitteleuropa”. (...)

DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

Art. 35


DISSOLUTION

Art. 36


FURTHER PROVISIONS

Art. 37







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