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STATUTES of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA)

TITLE ONE - Objectives-seat-members
Art.1 Objectives
ESREA is devoted to encourage and support the advancement of high quality research on the education of adults in the European countries.
a) The society intends to encourage co-operation in comparative research in the European context conceived in the broadest geographical terms.
b) The society will stimulate the development of research and the dissemination of research results in all areas of adult and continuing education.
c) The society will undertake activities to encourage the training of young researchers and the continuing professional development of researchers.
d) The society will seek to establish positive working relationships with other European organizations and with the appropriate national organizations.

Art.2 - Seat
The seat of the society is Linköping, Sweden.

Art.3 Members
ESREA is comprised of members, both individuals and institutions, who are involved or interested in research on the education of adults.

Art 4. Financial year
ESREAs financial year is January 1 to December 31.

Art 5. Signing for the ESREA (Firmateckning)
The signing of contracts and financial accounts for ESREA is allowed by the board in its entity; by the chairperson and the secretary separately (var för sig); or by persons decided by the board.

TITLE TWO – Statutes
Art. 1 Changes in the statutes
Changes or additions in these statues can be made if 2/3 of the voting members of the general assembly support such changes or additions.

TITLE THREE – Membership –subscription – voting rights
Art. 1. – Entry as an individual member
The conditions for admission of individual members for an indefinite duration are as follows:
a) any individual engaged in research activities within an institution of higher education or research organization whose primary function is related to the education of adults;
b) an individual who is working within the field of adult education or any other person who is interested in research on adult education
c) any other individual who, in the opinion of the Steering Committee of ESREA, can make a contribution to the work of the association;
d) any student registered at a university or polytechnic for the purposes of research leading to a Master's or Ph.D. degree.
Application for membership shall be addressed in writing to the Secretariat of the association.

Art. 2. – Entry as an institutional member
The conditions for admission of associate institutional members for an indefinite duration are as follows:
a) universities and polytechnics
b) international and national organizations in the area of adult education
c) any other non-profit organization which conducts research on the education of adults related to the objectives and activities of the association.
Application for membership shall be addressed in writing to the Secretariat of the association.

Art. 3. - Termination of membership
Membership shall be terminated:
a) on the basis of voluntary resignation, subject to a written minimum prior notice of three months before the next required payment of membership fees. The resigning member remains liable for the subscriptions due, including the year of resignation.
b) through exclusion of a member. The exclusion of an individual or associate individual member may be decided by the Steering Committee of the association;
c) in any case of one year of arrears of payment of the appropriate subscription.

Art. 4. – Membership fees
The Steering Committee fixes the annual subscription which is due on the 1st January or 1st July of each year.

Art. 5. – Membership rights
All paid-up individual members of the society have voting rights. They shall have the rights and privileges provided by the law. The number of individual members is unlimited.

Each associate institutional member shall have one vote and they shall indicate in writing the person who may exercise their vote. All employees of associate institutional members have the right to participate in the activities of the society.

TITLE FOUR - Management and Elections
Art. 1. – Governing bodies
The governing bodies of the society are:
a) the paid-up members of the society constitutes the general assembly;
b) the steering committee;
c) secretariat and secretary.

Art. 2. – The general assembly
The paid-up members of the society, both individual and associate institutional members comprise the general assembly of the ESREA. The general assembly is the highest decision making body of the ESREA. The general assembly will, during an annual meeting take decisions about the management of the society:
a) by means of a postal ballot of all paid-up members; or
b) by means of a general assembly of all paid-up members, to be held during the triennial conference of the society;

Art 3. Annual meeting of the general assembly
Each year, between August 1 and November 31 an annual meeting of the general assembly should be held. The annual meeting can be managed by means of a postal ballot of all paid-up members; or by means of a general assembly of all paid-up members, to be held during the triennial conference of the society. Notice of the annual meeting should be e-mailed to all the members by the latest of two months before the meeting.
An extraordinary annual meeting of the general assembly may be called at any time, with two month notice to members, following a decision by the Steering committee or following a written submission which is supported by at least 30 members who inform the Steering Committee and the Secretariat to this effect.
During the annual meeting the following questions must be decided upon:

a) Liability of the steering committee (each year)
b) Election of a new steering committee (every three years), and by-elections to the steering committee if necessary
c) Election of an auditor (every three years), and by-elections of an auditor if necessary
d) any other decision concerning ESREA which is found necessary by the steering committee or by proposal from 10 members of the society, e.g. decisions concerning changes and/or additions in the statutes

Art. 4. The steering committee
The Steering Committee of the society shall comprise 12 elected members who are appointed for a period of three years by means of a postal ballot of all paid-up members during an annual meeting.
The steering committee has the power:
a) to appoint from among its elected members the Chairperson of the Society. The same person can only be appointed chairperson for a maximum of six years, i.e. two periods. 
b) to appoint from among its elected members the Treasurer of the Society;
b) to appoint 4 ad hoc members;
c) to appoint the location of the Secretariat for a period of three years;
d) to appoint a secretary of the society for a period of three years;
The Steering Committee of the society shall:
a) conduct the business of the society.
b) the Chairperson of the Steering Committee shall be the representative of the society before third parties;
c) be responsible for the preparation and execution of the programme of activities of the society;
d) the Treasurer of the steering committee shall be the link between the steering committee and the secretariat concerning the economy of the Society. The treasurer is responsible, together with the Chairperson and the Secretary to prepare the presentation of the economy to the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee shall have powers to determine the establishment of those sub-committees found necessary for the effective execution of the work of the society. The members of sub-committees will include elected members of the steering committee and those other members of the society co-opted by the Steering Committee.

Art. 5. Secretariat and secretary
a) The task of the Secretariat is to provide for the efficient execution of the day-to-day work of the society;
b) the Secretariat will be responsible to the Steering Committee;
c) the secretariat is responsible of the management of the financial affairs of the society;
c) the Secretariat shall prepare an annual report to the Steering Committee including an annual account of all incomes and expenditures.

TITLE FIVE - Auditing and liability
Art. 1. – Auditor
The accounts of ESREA and its economical business are to be scrutinized yearly by an auditor who is elected for a period of threes years among the members of the society during the annual meeting. The auditor can’t be a person who is part of the steering committee or the secretariat. The auditor shall each year present an auditors report to the annual meeting of the general assembly.

Art. 2. – Liability
Each year the annual meeting of the general assembly decides if to adopt the report and accounts of the steering committee.

TITLE SIX – To Dissolve ESREA
Art. 1. – To dissolve ESREA
ESREA can be dissolved if 2/3 of the voting members of the general assembly votes in favour of it. If decision is made to dissolve ESREA, the assets should be divided in the following order:
1. All debts should be paid
2. The rest of the assets should be transferred to a new ESREA organization or an organization with similar objectives as ESREA.
2. If number 2 is not possible, the remaining assets should be transferred to charitable purposes.


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