At the inaugural assembly on 2nd September 1991 the undersigned......
established an association which is non-profit making and comes under the
purview of the Luxembourg law of 21st April 1928 and is controlled by the
present statutes as defined below.
Section I: Name, Head office, Term, Aims
Article 1: Name
- A European federation of associations of teachers of classical
languages and civilisation has been formed as a non-profit-making
association under the name EUROCLASSICA It is neutral from a political,
philosophical and religious point of view.
Article 2: Head Office and Term
- The Head Office of the Federation is established in Luxembourg.
- Its term is without limit.
Article 3: Aims
- The aims of the Federation are pedagogical, cultural and scientific.
- The objectives of the Federation are:
- to bring together all the associations of teachers of
classical languages and civilisation in Europe in order to promote
- to ensure the promotion and defence of the study of
classical languages and civilisation, a unifying link and powerful
factor of cultural cohesion among European countries, especially
through representation at international organisations;
- to assert publicly the contemporary importance of classical
languages and civilisations, and to demonstrate the pressing need
to teach them, fully respecting the autonomy of each country;
- to encourage cooperation with associations outside Europe
which have similar aims.
Section II: Constitution
Article 4: Membership
Article 5: Admission; Resignation; Exclusion
- The following may become members of the Federation:
- unilingual or multilingual national associations of teachers
of classical languages and civilisation, when these associations
are groupings of regional associations;
- in countries which are federations or confederations,
regional associations of teachers of classical languages and
- in countries where associations as defined in a) and b)
do not exist, associations concerned with classical culture to
which teachers of classical languages and civilisation belong.
- The number of members must not be less than five.
- All members shall pursue the aims of the Federation and take
part in its activities. Each association is required to present an
annual report on the situation of the teaching of Latin and Greek in
their own country. (added 1997)
- The statutes and rules of procedure as well as the resolutions
of the General Assembly shall be respected by all members.
(i) Requests for admission to membership must be sent to the
Executive Committee of' the Federation, which examines the request and
submits it to the General Assembly.
(ii) The General Assembly then examines the request and decides on
the admission by a simple majority of members present or represented.
(iii) Members may be presumed to have left the Federation
a) when they do not pay their annual subscription after three
reminders from the treasurer in respect of the same year;
b) after sending a letter giving reasons for the resignation to
the Executive Committee and giving three months' notice of
Article 6: Voting
(iv) The exclusion of members of the Federation can be proposed by
the Executive Committee on the request of at least one quarter of the
active and duly elected members. The exclusion may be confirmed by the
Executive Committee only after the association whose exclusion is
proposed has been invited to present its defence. A majority of
two-thirds of the members present or represented is required to
determine the exclusion. The ballot must be in secret. The decision is
final and there is no appeal.
(v) Members who leave the Federation (by resignation or by
exclusion) have no claim on its assets.
Members have the right to vote under the conditions determined in
Article 7: Subscription
Members pay an annual subscription the rate of which, calculated in
ECU and determined by the General Assembly on the proposal of the
Executive Committee, may not exceed 1,000 ECUs at 1st September
Section III: General Assembly
Article 8: Constitution; Powers
(i) The General Assembly is composed of all the member associations
which have paid their subscription.
(ii) Each member association is entitled to at least one delegate.
The number of delegates per country may not exceed five.
(iii) In a ballot, each country represented by one or more member
associations is entitled to two votes.
(iv) The General Assembly has all powers to attain the aims of the
The following tasks are of the exclusive competence of the General
a) approval of the accounts for the past year and of the budget
for the coming year;
b) election and dismissal of Executive Committee members;
c) modifications of statutes;
d) exclusion of members;
e) dissolution of the Federation;
f) determining the annual rate of subscription.
Article 9: Meetings
Article 10: Proxy
(i) The General Assembly is convened by right every year, under the
chairmanship of the President of the Executive Committee in office, at
the venue indicated on the notification. Notification is made on the
initiative of the Executive Committee and sent out by the Secretary.
(ii) The notification must be sent six weeks before the date of the
General Assembly and must contain the agenda drawn up by the Executive
Committee and, if necessary, the list of candidates for Executive
Committee posts. Any member may request the inclusion of an item on
the agenda. Any proposal signed by a number of members equal to one
twentieth of the last annual list of members must be included on the
agenda. Except in urgent cases such proposals, in order to be accepted,
must reach the Executive Committee at least three months before the
date of the General Assembly. The Secretary will inform all member
associations of the items added to the agenda before the meeting of
the General Assembly.
(iii) Except in special cases provided for by these statutes and by
the law of 21st April 1928, the General Assembly forms a quorum if a
half plus one of its members are present or represented.
(iv) An extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly can be called
by the Executive Committee. Such a meeting must be called when one
fifth of the duly elected members make a written request, giving
reasons for the meeting, to the Executive Committee within the time
limits mentioned above.
Each member association may arrange to be represented at the General
Assembly by another member association and may remit to that association
its two votes. However, each member may be proxy for the two votes of only
one other member country.
Article 11; Resolutions
(i) Except in special cases provided for by these statutes and by
the law of 21st April 1928, all decisions are taken by means of a
simple majority vote of the members present or represented.
(ii) The Assembly considers and votes on only those items listed on the
(iii) The decisions of the General Assembly are entered in a record
signed by the President or the Vice-President and kept by the
Secretary who will make it available to all members.
The decisions will be incorporated in the minutes of each meeting
which will be sent to each member association.
Section IV: Administration
Article 12: Constitution
(i) The Federation is administered by an Executive Committee
consisting of from 5 to 7 members elected by the General Assembly,
consisting of a president and six members elected by the General
Assembly. (alteration of 1997)
(ii) The members of the Executive Committee shall be elected under
the following conditions:
- each member shall be elected for a period of four years
- no country may have more than one member on the Executive
- the Presidency may not be exercised two consecutive times by a
representative of the same country
- no member of the Executive Committee may sit on the Committee for
more than eight consecutive years
Article 13: Meetings
- the Executive Committee has the power to co-opt a member in the
case of an unexpected vacancy until the General Assembly following.
Article 14: Powers
(i) The Executive Committee will meet at least once each year and
also by means of special notification by the President.
(ii) The Executive Committee forms a quorum when at least four of
its members are present including the President or the Vice-President.
The Executive Committee has all powers to manage and administer the
Federation except those falling within the competence of the General
Assembly. It may on its own, responsibility grant specific powers (in
particular representation at international organisations) to one or more
persons. It is accountable to the General Assembly for all its actions.
Article 15: Resolutions
Article 16: Acts
(i) The resolutions of the Executive Committee are taken by a
majority of the votes of its members present. At parity the President
has an additional casting vote.
(ii) The decisions are entered in a record signed by the President
or the Vice-President and kept by the Secretary who will make it
available to all members of the Federation.
(iii) The decisions will be incorporated in the minutes of each
meeting which will be sent to each member association.
All acts binding the Federation will be signed by two persons, that is
by the President or the Vice-President and by one other member of the
Article 17: Legal Action
Legal action either as plaintiff f or as defendant is taken by the
Executive Committee represented by its President or by a member of the
Executive Committee appointed by the President for this purpose.
Section V: Modification of the Statutes; Dissolution
Article 18: Modification of the Statutes
The procedure for modification of the statutes is determined by
Articles 8 and 9 of the law of 21st April 1928.
Article 19: Dissolution
(i) Without prejudice to the provisions of these articles, any
demand for the modification of the statutes may be presented only by
the Executive Committee or by at least a quarter of the member
(ii) The Executive Committee must bring to the attention of the
members of the Federation at least three months in advance the date of
the General Assembly which will decide upon the said proposal.
(iii) To modify the statutes, the General Assembly forms a quorum
only if two thirds of the members of the Federation with a right to
vote are present or represented.
(iv) No decision may be reached unless it is approved by a majority
of two thirds of the votes.
(v) However, if this General Assembly does not consist of two
thirds of the members of the Federation, a new General Assembly will
be convened under the same conditions as above, which will decide
definitively and validly on the proposal in question, whatever the
number of members present or represented.
(vi) Modifications to the statutes will have effect only after the
approval of the authorised Luxembourg authorities.
(i) The dissolution of the Federation can be declared only at a
General Assembly called specifically for this purpose. The dissolution
can be decided only if two thirds of the members are present or
represented, and by a majority of two thirds of the votes of the
(ii) In case of dissolution, the assets of the Federation will be
realised and the balance allotted to an aim as close as possible to
the aims of the liquidated Federation.
(iii) Articles 22,23, 24 and 25 of the law of 21st April 1928 are
Section VI: Budget and Accounts
(i) The financial term begins on lst January and ends on 31st
December of the same year.
(ii) The Executive Committee is required to submit for the approval
of the General Assembly the accounts for the past financial term and the
budget for the following financial term.
(iii) The Executive Committee can authorise the treasurer to carry
out certain regular transactions in the name of the Federation.
(iv) The General Assembly may decide to create a reserve fund and fix
the amount and terms of the contribution to be paid to this fund by each
Section VII: General Provisions
All matters not provided for in the present statutes will be determined
in accordance with the provisions of the Luxembourg law of 21st April 1928
and with the rules of procedure drafted by the Executive Committee and
approved by the General Assembly.