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STATUTES of UNAEC-EUROPE

I. - Denomination, registered office, duration, object

Denomination
Article 1. It is founded, in the context of the World Organization of Old Pupils of Catholic Education (OMAEC), an association called European Union of Old Pupils of the Catholic Education, whose acronym is "UNAEC-Europe".
This association was created on December 8, 1980 in Rome as an international association under Belgian law. At the Extraordinary General Assembly on November 22, 2015, it was transformed into a non-profit association under the French law of 1901.

Registered office
Art. 2. The registered office of the association is in Paris. The address in Paris is decided by the Steering Committee.

Duration
Art. 3. The duration is unlimited.

Object
Art. 4. Within the framework of the goals and objectives of the World Organization of Old Pupils of the Catholic Education (OMAEC), the association aims to :
- Promote, in all European countries, the union of all the associations and federations of old pupils of the Catholic education in Europe to enhance their effectiveness ;
- Promote at European level the affirmation and dissemination of Christian doctrine on education and especially on freedom of education ;
- Ensure to the Christian educators the cooperation of old pupils and participate in the implementation of the means necessary for the continuation and the development of Catholic educational institutions ;
- Contribute to the gradual rapprochement of the peoples of Europe and their mutual understanding ;
- Fight against any violation of the rights of the human person and defend the family as the basic social institution ;
- Strengthen the bonds of friendship, fraternity and solidarity between old pupils of the European Catholic institutions and those of the rest of the world, particularly in developing countries.
Furthermore, the association :
- maintains, permanently and in all appropriate circumstances, relations with the European institutions and bodies, where the association represents them as NGO ;
- prohibits any direct interference in the life of the member organizations by respecting their autonomy and stands away from any activity related to a political party.

II. - Members
Art. 5. The association was created in 1980 by the following members :
CNAA-NCVO, Confédération nationale des Anciens et Anciennes Elèves de l’Enseignement catholique a.s.b.l. - Nationale Confederatie der Oud-leerlingen van het Katholiek Onderwijs v.z.w., Bruxelles.
COFAEC, Confédération française des Associations amicales des Anciens et Anciennes Elèves de l’Enseignement catholique, Paris.
CONFEDEREX, Confederazione Italiana Ex Alumni Ex Alunna della Scuola Cattollica, Rome.
CEAEP Jés., Confédération européenne des Anciens Elèves des Pères Jésuites, Bruxelles.
CAEFMA, Confédération des Anciennes Elèves des Filles de Marie Auxiliatrice, Rome.
AGAE Sainte-Clotilde, Amicale générale des Anciens et Anciennes Elèves de Sainte-Clotilde, Paris.
UMAA, Union mondiale des Anciennes de l’Assomption, Paris.
Art. 6. The association is composed of full members and associate members.
Only adherent members have a deliberating vote at the general assemblies. Associate members have an advisory vote at the general assemblies.
Art. 7. The following legal entities shall be accepted as adherent members :
Category A :
- The national federations or confederations of old pupils of the Catholic education of the European countries ;
- The federations or confederations of old pupils of congregations or religious orders or networks of Catholic education.
Category B :
May become adherent members, federations or organizations supporting the action of UNAEC-Europe but that are not linked directly to Catholic education and are accepted by the General Assembly on the proposal of the Steering Committee.
However the number of full members in category B will never exceed one fifth of the total number of adherent members.
Art. 8. May be admitted as associate members the following individuals :
- Representatives of world unions of old pupils of religious orders or congregations or networks of Catholic education, if they don’t yet have European federations or confederations. These representatives must be appointed by the heads of these world unions.
- Members as an individual, as defined in the second paragraph of Article 11.

Admission of the adherent members
Art. 9. Organizations that wish to become adherent member must make a written request to the Steering Committee. The application must include a commitment to respect the statutes, a copy of their statutes, the list of their leaders and a report of their recent activities. The Steering Committee may require any additional piece he deems useful. The Steering Committee decides on the provisional admission.
The next General Assembly will decide on the final admission. In case of refusal of provisional admission by the Steering Committee, it will nevertheless be obliged to request admission to the agenda of the next General Assembly, which will decide.

Resignation, exclusion
Art. 10. The adherent member may resign by registered letter to the office of the association or its president.
The exclusion of an adherent member may be proposed to the General Assembly by the Steering Committee after the member has been duly invited to allow him to present its defence.
The exclusion will be pronounced by the General Assembly by a majority of two thirds of the members present or represented, the proposed member to exclusion have been called to present, if desired, his defence in front of the General Assembly.

Associate members
Art. 11. A representative of a Word union that has not yet European federation or confederation and who wishes to become an associate member to represent his union, must submit a written request to the Steering Committee. Its application shall include the commitment to respect the statutes, copy of the Statutes of the Union, the list of the officials of the Union and a letter from the president of his World Union proposing explicitly him as representative for the association. The Steering Committee decides on the provisional admission. The next General Assembly will decide on the final admission.
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The General Assembly, on the proposal of the Steering Committee, determines in internal rules the conditions of admission, resignation and exclusion of individual members, such as honorary members, corresponding members, members delegated by UNAEC-Europe for specific missions, and benefactor members.

Fees
Art. 12. Supporting members pay an annual fee in the amount set by the General Assembly on the proposal of the Steering Committee. This contribution is proportional to the number of votes in the General Assembly.
A member who ceases to be part of the association in any way whatsoever has no right to the social fund. Payment of the fee for the current year remains due.

III. — General Assembly

Powers
Art. 13. The General Assembly has full powers to achieve the object of the association.
Are reserved for its competency :
a) the approval of the moral and financial reports ;
b) the election and dismissal of members of the Steering Committee ;
c) the election of the president ;
d) the election of account revisers ;
and, within an Extraordinary General Assembly :
e) the modification of the statutes ;
f) the dissolution of the association and its liquidation.

Composition
Art. 14. The General Assembly is composed of all adherent members. Associate members may attend with an advisory vote.
All old pupils of the Catholic education in Europe may attend as observers at the General Assembly. They can be heard only if authorized by the president after a written request indicating the purpose of the intervention.

Meetings, convocations
Art. 15. The Ordinary General Assembly meets normally every three years, with the option to advance or go back one year, at the place indicated on the convocation. This is done by letter or e-mail sent at least two months before the date of the meeting ; it contains the agenda.

Number of votes, representation
Art. 16. Adherent members have a number of votes calculated using the following scale :
1. For national organizations with up to 10 associations : 1 vote ; 11 to 20 associations : 2 votes ; 21 to 30 associations 3 votes ; 31 to 50 associations : 4 votes ; beyond 50 associations : 5 votes;
2. For international organizations with up to 5 groups : 2 votes ; 6 to 10 groups : 3 votes ; 11 to 15 groups : 4 votes ; beyond 15 groups : 5 votes.
Each adherent member may be represented at General Assemblies by a delegation consisting of a head of delegation who may be accompanied by as many delegates as the adherent member has additional votes.
Adherent members may be represented at the General Assembly by another adherent member carrying a proxy specific for this meeting. Each adherent member cannot hold more than one proxy.
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Voting
Art. 17. Only adherent members up to date with their fee can vote. Resolutions are passed by simple majority of votes present or represented.

Agenda
Art. 18. It cannot be decided on an object that is not brought to the agenda.
This rule has an exception if two thirds of the adherent members are present or represented at the General Assembly and if two thirds of the votes present or represented decide for emergency reason to deliberate on this item.

Resolutions
Art. 19. Resolutions of the General Assembly are recorded in a register signed by the President and kept by the General Secretary. Each adherent member should be able to read it, but without travelling the register, and may ask for extracts from the register.
The resolutions taken by an Ordinary or Extraordinary General Assembly are made available to all adherent members by letter.

IV. — Extraordinary General Assembly

Art. 20. An Extraordinary General Assembly may be decided by the President or by the Executive Committee if they consider it necessary. It must also be convened if at least one third of the adherent members require it.
Unless urgent reason to appreciate by the Steering Committee, which must be mentioned in the notice, the convocation for the Extraordinary General Assembly must be made at least two months in advance.
An Extraordinary General Assembly may validly deliberate only if it meets at least two-thirds of the adherent members, present or represented.
Any proposal concerning a modification of the statutes or dissolution of the association must be issued by the Steering Committee or at least one third of the adherent members of the association.
The General Assembly that decides to dissolve the association, determine the method of dissolution and of the liquidation of the association ; any potential remaining funds shall be paid to OMAEC or, failing that, to another association with similar aims.

V. — Administration

Composition of the Steering Committee
Art. 21. The association is administered by a Steering Committee, composed of at least five members and with a maximum of fifteen members.
The General Assembly sets within these limits the number of members of the Steering Committee.

Election of the Steering Committee
Art. 22. The members of the Steering Committee elected by the General Assembly for a period up to the next General Assembly.
A member of the Steering Committee may be re-elected.
Members of the Steering Committee may be dismissed by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority of votes present or represented.

Election of the President
Art. 23. After the election of the members of the Steering Committee, the General Assembly may proceed with the election of the President of the Steering Committee who can be already elected or not within the Steering Committee.
The direct election of the President by the Ordinary General Assembly, however, is valid only if, possibly after several turns, a candidate has met two thirds of the votes present or represented.
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Board
Art. 24. The Steering Committee elects a President within the members of the Steering Committee, if he was not elected by the General Assembly.
The Steering Committee shall elect a Board composed of at least, outside the President, a Vice-President, a General Secretary and a Treasurer.

Meetings of the Steering Committee
Art. 25. The Steering Committee meets at least once a year.
The convocations are made by a simple letter or e-mail at least one month in advance and, in an emergency case, at least fifteen days in advance.
A member of the Steering Committee may be represented by another member of the Steering Committee who cannot, however, hold more than one proxy. The Steering Committee may validly deliberate only if at least half of its members are present or represented.

Powers of the Steering Committee
Art. 26. The Steering Committee has all powers of management and administration, subject only to the exclusive powers of the General Assembly as specified in Article 13.
He may delegate the daily management or some specific activities thereof to the Executive Board, the President, one or more delegate members.

Deliberations of the Steering Committee
Art. 27. Steering Committee decisions will be made by a majority of members present or represented. In case of a tie, the chairman has the casting vote.
The deliberations and decisions of the Steering Committee are recorded in a register signed by the President and the General Secretary and preserved by the General Secretary, who held it, without moving, available to adherent members of the association.

Powers of the President
Art. 28. The President leads the Steering Committee's work and ensures the functioning of the association he represents in court and in all acts of civil life.
The Vice-President replaces the president in case of absence of the latter or at his request.

VI. — Accounts

Art. 29. The financial year ends on December 31 of each year.
The Steering Committee shall submit for approval to the General Assembly the accounts of the financial years since the previous General Assembly.
He will send those accounts to adherent members at least one month before the General Assembly.
Art. 30. The General Assembly elects two account revisers who are not necessarily members of the Steering Committee ; their mandate may be renewable and runs until the next General Assembly. The accounting records and supporting documents will be at the disposal of the account revisers who present their report to the General Assembly.

VII. — General arrangements

Art. 31. All terms used in these Statutes, including old pupil, President, etc., must be understood as being at indiscriminately masculine and feminine.
Art. 32. These present statutes exist in the three official languages of the association (French, English, Spanish), but only the French version shall prevail.

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