Article 1: Name, Seat, and Area of Activity

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Of the ”Marie Curie Fellowship Association – Austrian Group

Article 1: Name, Seat, and Area of Activity

  1. The association is called ”Marie Curie Fellowship Association – Austrian Group”, abbreviated as ”MCFA Austria”.

  2. The Association is seated in Vienna. It is active throughout all Austria.

  3. MCFA Austria is a sub group of the ”Marie Curie Fellowship Association” (MCFA), Brussels, Belgium, an international association governed by Belgian law.

  4. The foundation of sub groups is intended.

Article 2: Aims and Purpose

The Association which is totally non-profit-making sets out to

  1. help advance Science in Austria and Europe;

  2. create a clear and visible identity for Marie Curie fellowships;

  3. promote and increase the reputation of Marie Curie fellowships in Austria;

  4. improve contact and the flow of information between the members of the Association as well as the members of the international MCFA;

  5. establish an interface between fellows and the – academic as well as industrial – world of research in Austria;

  6. develop and foster the international dimension of Marie Curie fellowships:

  7. increase the appreciation and understanding of science by the general public in Austria.

Article 3: Applicable Means for Realising the Aims and Purpose

  1. The aims and purpose of the Association shall be realised through the material and immaterial means mentioned in Section 2 and 3.

  2. The immaterial means are

  • Regular assemblies and meetings

  • Edition of informational brochures

  • Support of electronic communication

  • Organisation of conferences, seminars, workshops, and talks

  1. The material means needed shall be obtained through

  • Entrance and member fees

  • Financial support through the international MCFA

  • Earnings from events

  • Sponsoring from industry

  • Financial support through public institutions

Article 4: Types of Membership

  1. The Association shall consist of full members and associate members.

  2. Any ordinary member of the international MCFA can become an ordinary member of the Association.

  3. Any member of the international MCFA can become a member of the Association.

Article 5: Acquisition of Membership

  1. The Board decides about the acceptance of ordinary and associate members. For applicants not living in Austria or having been member of the Association before, the application can be rejected without specifying any reason.

  2. Before constitution of the association, members are preliminarily accepted by the proponents. This membership becomes valid at the moment of the Association’s constitution.

Article 6:Termination of Membership

  1. Membership is terminated through death, in case of artificial persons through loss of status, through resignation, through terminating membership in the international MCFA, and through exclusion.

  2. Any member may resign at any time from the Association by sending his resignation in writing to the Board.

  3. Membership is terminated if the prerequisites according to Article 4, Section 2 or 3, respectively, are not fulfilled any more.

  4. The Board may exclude any member who has not paid the member fees for more than six months despite of two written reminders setting an appropriate extension. The obligation of payment is not touched by the exclusion.

  5. The Board may suggest the exclusion of a member to the General Assembly who strongly violate other duties of membership or for causing moral damage to the Association. The General Assembly decides upon this suggestion.

Article 7: Members’ Rights and Duties

  1. Members of the Association may participate in any event organised by the Association mad may use any equipment of the Association. Active and passive vote in the General Assembly is restricted to ordinary members and to associate members currently receiving a Marie Curie fellowship.

  2. Members are obliged to support the Association according to their possibilities and to omit anything that might damage reputation or aims and purpose of the Association. The are further obliged for timely payment of entrance and member fees as decided by the General Assembly.

Article 8: Organs of the Association

The Organs of the Association are the General Assembly (Article 9 - 10), the Board (Article 11 – 13), the Auditors (Article 14), and the Court of Arbitration.

Article 9: The General Assembly

  1. The Ordinary General Assembly meets annually.

  2. An Extraordinary General Assembly takes place within four weeks on decision of the Board or the General Assembly, on written application specifying reasons and submitted by at least 10% of the members with permission to vote (according to Article 7, Section 1 and Article 9, Section 4), or on request by the auditors.

  3. All members must be invited to Ordinary as well as to Extraordinary General Assemblies at least ten days in advance. The invitation may be sent in written form or by email. The agenda must be part of the invitation. The Board invited for the General Assembly.

  4. All members may participate in the General Assembly. Only the ordinary members and those associate members who currently receive a Marie Curie fellowship may vote. Each member has one vote. Artificial persons are represented by an authorised person. Members can hold proxies for other members by means of written authorisation. The Board may decide upon a maximal number of proxies to be held by one member.

  5. The General Assembly may take valid decisions if 50% of the members entitled to vote (Section 6) are present. If the General Assembly is not able to take valid decisions at the convention time announced, the General Assembly taking place 30 minutes later with the same agenda is able to take valid decisions regardless of the number of participants.

  6. Decisions of the General Assembly are, in general, taken by simple majority of the votes. Decisions changing the statutes or dissolving the Association require a qualified majority of two thirds of the votes.

  7. The General Assembly is lead by the chair of the Board. If the chair is inhibited, the oldest member of the Board leads the General Assembly.

Article 10: Tasks of the General Assembly

The following tasks are reserved for the General Assembly:

  1. Accepting of the statement of accounts of the Board and of the financial report of the Treasurer.

  2. Deciding upon the budget plans.

  3. Electing, appointing, and revoking the Board and the Auditors; authorisation of contracts between members of the Board or Auditors and the Association.

  4. Discharging the Board.

  5. Establishing the entrance and member fees for ordinary and associate members.

  6. Deciding upon changing the statutes or voluntary dissolving the Association.

  7. Debating and deciding on other topics on the agenda.

Article 11: The Board

  1. The board consists of at least three members, i.e. the Chair, the Treasurer, and the Webmaster, and of up to four additional members of the Association.

  2. The Board is elected by the General Assembly. The Board may, if a member resigns or dies, appoint another member as replacement for the remaining period of office. If the complete Board fails at all or for an unforeseeable period of time, any Auditor is obliged to immediately convene an Extraordinary General Assembly for electing a new Board. If the Auditors are inhibited to act or non-existent, too, any ordinary member of the Association realising this situation is obliged to apply to the appropriate court of justice for appointing a trustee who has to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly, immediately.

  3. The General Assembly may decide that the Board asks national or international non-profit-making institutions to appoint a representative as an expert into the Board. These external members shall have the same rights as the other members within the Board. They may participate in the General Assembly in advisory capacity.

  4. The number of external members of the Board according to Section 3 shall never be more than one third of the total number of members of the Board.

  5. The term of office of the Board shall be two years. Renewal is possible.

  6. The Board is convened by the Chair in written or oral form. If the Chair is inhibited of convening the Board for an unforeseeable period of time, any member of the Board may convene the Board.

  7. Decisions of the Board are valid of all members have been invited and if at least half of them is present.

  8. Decisions of the Board are taken with simple majority of votes. Where the vote is split, the chair or the person replacing him shall have the casting vote.

  9. Meetings of the Board are lead by the Chair. If he is inhibited, the oldest member of the Board present is leading.

  10. Besides death and end of the term of office (Section 5), the membership in the Board is terminated by revocation (Section 11) or resignation (Section 12).

  11. The General Assembly may, at any time, revoke the complete Board or single members. The revocation comes into force with the appointment of the new Board or Board member, respectively.

  12. The members of the Board may, at any time, resign by sending their resignation in written form or as email to the Board, in case of the resignation of the complete Board to the General Assembly. The resignation comes into force with the election or appointment (Section 2) of a successor.

Article 12: Tasks of the Board

The board administers and manages the Association. It has to perform all tasks which are not given to other organs through the statutes. In particular, it has to perform the following tasks:

  1. Providing the budget plans, the statement of accounts, and the financial report.

  2. Preparing the General Assembly

  3. Convening the Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assembly

  4. Administration of the finances of the Association

  5. Acceptance and Exclusion of members of the Association

  6. Acceptance and abrogation of employees of the Association

Article 13: Special Tasks of Particular Members of the Board

  1. The Chair represents the Association. Written documents on behalf of the Association need the signatures of the Chair and another member of the Board for validity, in financial affairs (financial transactions) the signature of the treasurer. Contracts between the members of the Board or the Auditors and the Association additionally need approval by the General Assembly..

  2. Authorisations to represent the Association can only be given by the persons named in Section 1.

  3. In case of danger, the Chair may commands actions on his own responsibility which normally have to be decided by the Board or the General Assembly; this has to be approved by the respective organ of the Association, subsequently.

  4. The Chair leads general Assembly and Board meetings.

  5. The Treasurer is responsible for duly financial acting of the Association.

  6. The Webmaster attends the web pages and mailing lists of the association. In particular, he is responsible for promptly publishing minutes of meetings and for keeping email lists of members up-to-date.

Article 14: The Auditors

  1. The two Auditors are elected by the General Assembly for a period of two years. Renewal is possible.

  2. The Auditors control financial activities and the annual financial report. They have to report their results to the General Assembly.

  3. The regulations of Article 11, Sections 3, 8, 9, and 10, and of Article 13, last sentence of Section 1, are also valid for the Auditors.

Article 15: The Court of Arbitration

  1. The internal Court of Arbitration is appointed for the Adjustment of any quarrels resulting from activities of, within, or with the Association.

  2. The Court of Arbitration consists of three ordinary members of the Association. If the Association has less than five ordinary members, the Court of Arbitration may also contain associative members. It is constituted by one party naming one member to the Board in written form or by email. On request by the Board, the other party names a second member within 14 days. After information through the Board within seven days, these two members elect within another 14 days the third member who is chair of the Court of Arbitration. If the vote is split, the lot decides.

  3. The Court of Arbitration decides with simple majority of votes when all members are present. Decisions are made to the members’ best knowledge. They are final within the Association.

Article 16: Dissolution of the Association

  1. The voluntary dissolution of the Association can be decided only with two thirds of the votes and only in an Extraordinary General Assembly convened for this purpose.

  2. This General Assembly also has to decide – if capital is available - on the liquidation. In particular, it has to appoint a liquidator and to decide whom he should transfer capital remaining after covering any debts. As far as possible, capital shall be transferred to the international MCFA. Otherwise it shall be transferred to an organisation having identical or similar aims as MCFA Austria.

  3. The last Board has to inform the appropriate police officials of the dissolution in written form within four weeks. It is also obliged to publish the voluntary dissolution within the same period of time in an official newpaper.

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