STATUTES OF THE SOCIETY“ INTERCULTURAL EURO –MEDITERRANEAN CENTER for UNESCO” ----------------ARTICLE 1Hereby , in Greece, at the island of Rhodes, is being established a Non Profit, nonGovernmental Society under the title “ Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center forUnesco” , ( “ Διαπολιτισμικό Ευρω-Μεσογειακό Κέντρο για την Ουνέσκο» in Greek).ARTICLE 2The island of Rhodes is being settled on as the Headquarters of the Society.ARTICLE 3OBJECTIVES – ACTIVITIESA – The objectives of the Society are:The cultivation and the development of friendship and cooperation between themembers in the Societies of this Association and generally between the people of allthe regions in the entity of European, Middle East , North African, Black Sea and
- 2– Mediterranean areas, united under their diversities, aiming at the moral and material promotion of the peoples of all European , Mediterranean , Middle East, North African and Black Sea countries, at the securing of Peace , of Democracy as well as the respect and promotion of Human Rights and Freedom in the areas, the Family protection, the Equality of sexes, the protection of Women and Children, the Environmental protection , the promotion of the Principle of “ Education for All”, the promotion of Information and Communication, the Research and Quest of programs Aiming at the Promotion of New Natural Resources, Energy issues ( as the water issue). Also, the promotion of fruitful diversities of Cultures protecting the diversity of cultural expression, the Encouragement and Cooperation on issues of Cross-Cultural Strategies and activities of Mutual Cultural Exchanges, the Protection of World Heritage Monuments , as well as the Promotion of the National Cultural Identity and all Tangible and Intangible Heritage.B – In order to achieve the abovementioned objectives the Association performs thefollowing functions :1 – Gives advice to its members and applies their decisions.2 – Informs its members about the General Strategic Guidelines and Policies of itsmembers’ and the proposed actions and activities following the adequateprocedures in order to place them in harmony with the Aims, Directions andGuidelines of UNESCO.3 – Undertakes International Campaigns for the Promotion of all UNESCO’Sobjectives.4 – Participates and represents its members at the European Union, as well as at anyNational or International Organizations ( UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, e. t. c ) as theUnited Nations and its affiliated Organizations dealing with matters relevant to itsobjectives.5 – Executes National and European Studies, Researches, Projects and Statistics forits own use and distribution to its members.6 – Supports and Promotes the participation of its members - Societies in responsibleposts within the National and International Unions and Organizations.7 – Draws up and promotes projects for the attainment of its objectives. - 4 -
8 – Aiming at the creation of an Intangible Heritage Center containing the intangibletreasures of all the participant countries .9 – Deliberates and Cooperates with European and International Organizationshaving similar objectives and requests for their Assistance.10 – Promotes the incorporation of the European Law regarding Cultural Issues,Women’s issues, into the National Law of the European and Mediterraneancountries.11 – Promotes the cross-cultural cooperation of the Peoples of the areas betweenother neighbor or not Countries, promoting Peace and Freedom, the Dialogue ofCivilizations, “ Education for All”, Human Rights, Communication , Protection andPreservation of the Environment, the Defense and Utilization of Natural Resources ,and Equality.ARTICLE 4BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE CENTERa – The Center is being Governed in a Democratic way.b - The Society is Independent from Governments, Political Parties andOrganizations.c – “ Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center’s for Unesco “ participating membersmust function according to the stipulations of Article 5 of the present.d – It is implied that every ( National ) Society for the “ Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center for Unesco ”, of which members/representatives participatein the Association, preserves its own absolute independence concerning theformation and applications of its own projects.ARTICLE 5MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTSa - In the “ Intercultural Euro –Mediterranean Center for Unesco ” participaterepresentative members of the Local Non Governmental and Non Profit Societies orCultural Organizations ( Unesco clubs, Centers, Associations e.t c) or Individuals orrepresentatives of International Cross-Cultural Associations established in anyEuropean , Middle East, North African , Black Sea ,or Mediterranean Country. - 4 -
b – The following requirements should be fulfilled for any new member in order tobe accepted in the Association :1 – To adopt the Principals of Democracy, as well as the represented NonGovernmental, Non Profit Organization ( Union, Association, Cooperation, e. t. c )Society should be governed in a Democratic way.2 – To be Independent of any Political Party, Union or Organization as well as fromthe State Government.3 – To stand for similar or compatible objectives of those of the “ Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center for Unesco ”.4 – To be open to cooperation with all the peoples, without Discrimination based onReligion, Race, Culture, Nationality, Financial or Social Status, Anarchists excluded.5 – To submit an application.6 – Members can be either of full membership or Associate ( Probationer).The requirement for a member in order to be accepted as full member of the Center,as its previous acceptance as an Associate member for at least one ( 1 ) year period.7 – The acceptance of full Associate members is agreed by the Center’s GeneralAssembly and a Unanimous decision of all present members.ARTICLE 6WITHDRAWAL – MEMBER DISMISSALa – In case of a member’s withdrawal, the Center continues to function with the restof its members. The withdrawing members are not entitled to retrieve contributionfees already paid.b – Member’s dismissal is allowed only in case of notation of the Principles andobjectives of the Center and after a previous Warning Notification.The Center’s General Assembly decides for the Warning Notification as well as forthe dismissal, in presence of all the other Members, and a relevant unanimousdecision is required . The member to be dismissed is allowed to be representedwithout the right to vote.c – The Associate ( Probationer) members are dismissed in case of Non compliancewith the Center’s objectives after a unanimous decision of all present members atthe General Assembly of the Center. - 5 -
d – Finally, all members ( full or Associates ) that fail to be consistent with theirfinancial obligations for four ( 4 ) consecutive years and do not participate for three( 3 ) consecutive years, are dismissed after the decision of all present members atthe General Assembly. They are replaced by new members, representatives of anOrganization of similar objectives and of the same Nationality of the dismissedmember.ARTICLE 7REVENUESA - The Center’s revenues consist of its members contribution fees, of the donationsfrom members of third parties, of European or State or other subventions, of theincome for services rendering , of the income from various cultural and sportactivities, exhibitions, conferences, festivals, symposiums, e. t. c. as well as of incomefrom sales of any publishing activity, or other products produced or procured by themember-countries or are managed by the Center.B – The annual contribution fee of the Associate members is fixed by the GeneralAssembly and cannot be higher than the corresponding one of the full memberswhich is decided today to be the amount of one thousand ( $ 1000 ) of US Dollars.C – Besides the annual contribution fee, every full-member has also the obligation topay contribution fee upon its acceptance. This amount, or the re-adjusted one, willbe contributed by any new full – member.ARTICLE 8GENERAL ASSEMBLY – CONVOCATIONa - The highest authority of the Society is the General Assembly which is convokedby the Executive Board once every two ( 2 ) years.b - The date and the place of the Convocation of the General Assembly is notified atleast four ( 4 ) months before, so that the members have enough time to submittheir written proposals on the issues to be discussed.c - The General Assembly meets in Rhodes ( Greece) , unless is proposed otherwiseor is programmed that another Society – member will Host the General Assembly. Inthis case the charge of the organizing cost for the Assembly will be covered by theorganizer. - 6 -
d – The Agenda of the General Assembly is notified in writing by the ExecutiveBoard, at least one ( 1 ) month before the date of the Assembly and should includeall the proposed issues to be discussed by the Society members.e - In the General Assembly, participate up to eleven ( 11 ) representatives fromeach Society – member of the “ Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center forUnesco ”, nominated or elected by their Society according to its Statute. TheGeneral Assembly may decide that the number of the Representatives of the GeneralAssembly may vary in the future for each Society- member keeping however anequal number of representatives to the Society.f – The General Assembly will be presided by one of its members in rotation. ThePresident is elected by the General Assembly .g – Upon request of at least one half of the total Association’s members, theExecutive Board is obliged to call in written for an Exceptional General Assembly, assoon as it receives the relevant request.h – The date of the Exceptional General Assembly, as well as the issues of theAgenda of the General Assembly, are notified at least one ( 1 ) month before, andthe Agenda should include all the issues proposed.I – Participation: A Society member is entitled to participate to the GeneralAssembly, provided that it has already paid its annual fees. The Associate membershave the right , under the same precondition, to participate to the General Assemblywithout the right to vote.ARTICLE 9COMPETENCIES – DECISION MAKINGa – The decisions of the General Assembly are taken on the basis of the majority ofthe present representatives of the Societies-members.b – Each member has one vote.c – Vote by proxy is not allowed.d – In order to determine the Center’s general plans for action a majority of twothirds ( 2/ 3) of the members whom are present, is required.e - The General Assembly is legally meeting and is considered in quorum with thepresence of one half plus one member, of the Center’s members that are financiallyin order towards the Center. - 7 -
f – If the Quorum is not obtained on the announced date and time, the GeneralAssembly meets the following hour ( that is: one hour later) at the same day andplace and is considered in quorum with those of the members which are present.ARTICLE 10COMPETENCEThe General Assembly will decide for any issue except those which refer to theauthority of the Executive Board. More specifically the General Assembly :A – Determines the fields of activities according to the statutes of the Center inrelation to the support of every proposal.B – Evaluates the previous program and decides the guidelines for the new program.C – Approves the report of activities and the financial report submitted by theExecutive Board.D – Releases the Executive Board from any responsibility for financial Administrationof the Center’s matters.E – Approves the budget submitted by the Executive Board.F – Appoints work groups for obtaining special goals.G – Supervises the composition of the executive Board according to Article 13 .H - Determines the annual contribution fee of each Society-memberARTICLE 11AMENDMENT OF THE CENTER’S STATUTESThe Statutes is amended after the decision of the General Assembly. Especially forthe statute’s amendment during the initial General Assembly, is required thepresence of the 2/3 of the members and a majority of 3/4 of the members present,whilst during the recurring Assembly is required the presence of the 1/2 of itsmembers and the majority of the 3/4 of the present members.The same General Assembly decides about the leave of the assets of the Center to anOrganization with similar objectives.ARTICLE 12DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION - 8 -
It is the General Assembly who decides about the Dissolution of the Center. In such acase, during the initial General Assembly, is required the presence of the 2/3 of itsmembers and a majority of the 3/4 of the members , whilst during the recurring oneis required the presence of the 1 /2 of its members and a majority of the 3/4 of themembers present. The same General Assembly decides about the disposal of theCenter’s assets to an Organization with similar objectives.ARTICLE 13EXECUTIVE BOARD a- The Center is governed by an unsalaried Executive Board of a total of fifteen (15) members. Each Society participating in the “ INTERCULTURAL EURO- MEDITERRANEAN CENTER for UNESCO” elects two ( 2 ) regular members and one ( 1) substitute member, from the regular or the substitute members of the General Assembly. The regular and the substitute members are elected for a four ( 4 ) year period. In case that a regular member declares unable to attend a meeting of the Executive Board is replaced by a substitute member according to the order of election. b- EXECUTIVE BOARD STRUCTURE : The members of the Executive Board are: - The President - 1st Vice President - 2nd Vice President - The General Secretary - The TreasurerPresident, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Treasurer will be appointedpersons from different Nationality each time, based on the principle of rotation .The members of the Center derive from the representatives of the Society-Countriesthat participate at the “ INTERCULTURAL EURO-MEDITERRANEAN CENTER forUNESCO ”. In case of new members adhesion having other nationality than thefounding member-countries, the country of nationality of the new member is addedto the rotation order. The General Secretary is appointed to a Greek Nationalityperson due to the fact that the Headquarters are located in Greece. The island ofRhodes is being settled on as the Center’s Headquarters.EXECUTIVE BOARD COMPETENCIES : 1- Implements the work program approved by the General Assembly.
2- Takes initiative if an unforeseen and urgent matter arises , provided that such an action is in accordance with the objectives stated in the Statutes of the Center. - 9 -3- The Executive Board has the responsibility to convoke the General Assembly by prompt notification of the place that will host it.4- If needed, establishes the Internal rules of the Center.5- Submits to the General Assembly the Annual budget and is responsible for its implementation.6- Submits to the General Assembly for approval the action program.7- Draws and officially submits to the General Assembly for approval the financial report of the previous year.8- Determines the number of the Secretariat members and directs its work.9- Appoints and dismisses the members of the Secretariat.10- Asks the opinion of experts whenever is necessary11- Takes good care of the financial support of the Center’s activities12- Appoints the members of the different Committees ( Scientific, Cultural e.t.c) THE PRESIDENT13- The President of the Association or any other member appointed by decision of the Executive Board, represents the Center before any Court and Authority, before any natural person or legal entity of Public or Private, National or International Law, and before any National or International Organization, Institution or Bank. The responsibility of any financial obligation by the Center, is accepted by the signature of the President of the Executive Board or any other member appointed by the decision of the Executive Board. THE TREASURER 14 ) The Treasurer keeps the accounting book-records of the Center and has
them at the disposal of the Society’s members.15 ) Prepares the annual balance and the management report on the 31st of December of each year.DECISION MAKING1 ) The Executive Board is in quorum, when a 2/3 majority of the Members are present.2 ) The decisions are taken by simple majority. In case of equal votes, the President’s vote is considered double.3 ) The Executive Board is meeting at least twice a year at the Center’s Headquarters . The President may convoke the Board in case of emergency, or otherwise she / he may contact the Secretary. - 10 -4 ) Mrs Katie Tzitzikosta –Papachristopoulou is nominated Honorary President of the “ INTERCULTURAL EURO-MEDITERRANEAN CENTER for UNESCO” in recognition of her valuable contribution to Unesco’s causes and to the Peaceful Cooperation of the Peoples.ARTICLE 14GENERAL SECRETARIAT1 – The Secretariat’s work is :a) To work in close cooperation with the Executive Board, carrying out the tasks entrusted to it by the Executive Board.b) To inform the Executive Board on the course of their activities and to suggest specific acts.
c) To accept application forms of new members and submit them accordingly to the General Assembly d) To inform the Societies – members on the course of the Association ‘s activities. e) To take care of the day-today administration and the financial management of the Association. f) To prepare, attend and keep the minutes of Executive Board meetings. g) The Secretariat is answerable for its activities to the Executive Board.ARTICLE 15SEALThe Center has a seal picturing 6 yellow poles ( Parthenon style) and at the base ablue-white sea wave over the title “ intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center forUnesco”, written in English.ARTICLE 16WORKING LANGUAGEThe basic working languages of the Center will be English and Greek.ARTICLE 17In case of dissolution of the Center the disposable assets are not distributedbetween the members, but they will be transferred to other Association orOrganization with similar purposes and objectives. - 11 -ARTICLE 18The Greek Law, with its General and special dispositions of the Civil Code in regard tothe Civil non- profit societies, is applied to the present in its entity.