¿Qué es EUROCALL? EUROCALL: Estatutos


Please note that a copy of the constitution is sent to all EUROCALL members upon joining. 

Name | Aims | Membership | AGM | Executive Committee | Finances | Final Clauses

I. Name, Headquarters

Article 1.

The association shall be called the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL). The administrative and financial headquarters of the Association shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

II. Aims

Article 2.

The aims of EUROCALL shall be to advance education by:

2.1 promoting the use of foreign languages within Europe;

2.2 providing a European focus for the promulgation of innovative research, development and practice in the area of computer-assisted language learning and technology enhanced language learning in education and training;

2.3 enhancing the quality, diffusion and cost-effectiveness of relevant language learning materials.

These aims shall be achieved by means of:

2.4 provision of information and advice for those involved in education and training;

2.5 dissemination via a publications service (journal, newsletter, conference proceedings, bibliographies);

2.6 exploitation of electronic communication systems;

2.7 facilitation of knowledge transfer through special interest meetings, annual conferences and staff mobility arrangements.

III. Membership

Article 3.

The Association shall consist of the following classes of members:

3.1 Individual members

Any individual interested in promoting the aims of the Association is eligible to become a member.

3.2 Corporate members

Bodies which have a general interest in the objectives of EUROCALL and which support it in the realisation of its aims may become corporate members. This includes:-

(a) educational institutions [including departments within institutions, language centres, libraries etc];

(b) professional associations;

(c) commercial enterprises.

3.3 Benefactor members

Institutions which want to give financial, material or moral support to EUROCALL may be made benefactor members.

IV. Annual General Meeting

Article 4.

There shall be an Annual General Meeting at which all individual members and the representative of each corporate and benefactor member shall be entitled to vote. It shall be called in writing by the President of the Association at least 42 days before the date of the meeting. The date shall be determined at the previous Annual General Meeting. The invitation to the meeting shall be accompanied by the agenda and a call to submit nominations for President, Vice-President and vacant places on the Executive Committee. Such nominations shall be received by the Secretary at least 21 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting shall be declared quorate when at least 40 members of the Association are present. Decisions shall be taken on a simple majority vote, except for changes to the Constitution or dissolution of the Association (see articles 15 and 16). In elections, candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected.

Article 5.

On application to the Secretary of the Association by at least 100 of its members or at least one half of the membership (whichever is less), or the Executive Committee, an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by the President in writing within three months of receipt of the application and at least 42 days in advance of the meeting. The invitation shall be accompanied by the agenda.

Article 6.

The Annual General Meeting decides on the guidelines and standing orders of the Association.

The Annual General Meeting elects the President and Vice-President of the Association.

The Annual General Meeting will also elect six further members of the Executive Committee.

The President will chair the Executive Committee and The Vice-President will hold ex officio membership of the Committee.

The Annual General Meeting will vote on the Annual Reports of the President and the Treasurer, the latter to include proposed Budgets.

Article 7.

The President of the Association or, if (s)he is unable to be present, the Vice-President shall chair the Annual General Meeting.

Article 8.

The proceedings of the Annual General Meeting shall be minuted and signed by the President and the Secretary of the meeting.

V. Executive Committee

Article 9.

The Association shall be organised and managed by an Executive Committee.

Article 10.

The Executive Committee shall consist of a President, Vice-President and four ordinary members. In addition to these four members, the Committee shall have the power to appoint a Secretary and a Treasurer (see Article 14) and to co-opt up to three more members.

Article 11.

The period of office of the President, Vice-President and members of the Executive Committee shall normally be three years. The President, Vice-President and members of the Executive Committee shall be eligible for re-election.

Article 12.

The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice a year. Invitations in writing shall be issued by the President. The quorum shall consist of at least half the members.The proceedings of meetings of the Executive Committee shall be minuted and signed by the President and the Secretary.

Article 13.

The duties of the Executive Committee shall be:

13.1 to coordinate the activities of EUROCALL;

13.2 to conduct the affairs of EUROCALL in a businesslike manner;

13.3 to organise, in collaboration with the local organising committee, the international conferences held by EUROCALL;

13.4 to organise international seminars, workshops and symposia on behalf of EUROCALL;

13.5 to be responsible for EUROCALL publications;

13.6 to be responsible for the provision of an information service to EUROCALL members.

Article 14.

The Executive Committee shall appoint, for a minimum period of three years, a Secretary and a Treasurer, both of whom must be located in a single institution which is committed to providing an appropriate academic environment and support in terms of office space, staffing costs, financial management and overheads. The Secretary and the Treasurer will become ex officio members of the Executive Committee and will be responsible for operating the EUROCALL office and administering the association's finances.

The periods of office of the Secretary and the Treasurer may be extended for a further period of three years by the Executive Committee. A decision to extend will normally be made one year before the end of the term of office. If the period of either office is not extended for a further period, then institutions will be invited to submit bids to house the EUROCALL office and to provide a Secretary and a Treasurer. The bidding and selection process shall be carried out by the Executive Committee.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Executive Committee is empowered to make interim arrangements.

VI. Finances

Article 15.

The activities of EUROCALL shall be largely financed through an annual subscription paid by individual and corporate members. The amount of the subscription shall be determined by the Annual General Meeting.

All subscriptions, benefactions, other income, or possible profits shall be used exclusively for purposes consonant with the constitution.

The annual accounts of the Association shall be audited by a professional accountant who is not a member of EUROCALL. The Accountant shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.

VII. Final Clauses

Article 16.

The constitution may be changed by a two-thirds majority of the Annual General Meeting, following the submission of nine months' written notice of any such proposal.

Article 17.

Any decision to amalgamate the Association with another Association shall be made by a two-thirds majority of an Extraordinary General Meeting on a proposal from the Executive Committee.

Article 18.

The Association may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of an Extraordinary General Meeting on a proposal from the Executive Committee.

In the event of the dissolution of the association:

(a) a Residual Executive of no fewer than 5 members of the Association shall be elected by the Extraordinary General Meeting to oversee the conclusion of outstanding business and to determine the disposal of assets;

(b) the assets of the Association shall be donated to any charitable organisation or organisations with aims that are similar or relevant to those of EUROCALL.

Article 19.

The English language version of this Constitution is definitive.

This Amended Constitution was adopted by the Annual General Meeting of EUROCALL held on 1 September 2000.

Signed by Bernd Rüschoff (President) and June Thompson (Secretary)