The Douzelage Constitution

The Douzelage Constitution, drawn up in Kötzting in 1993:

1. NAME OF THE ORGANISATION

The name of the organisation shall be The Douzelage

2. AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION

(a) to promote and foster the spirit of Europe and to establish among others educational, economic, tourist, sporting and cultural links between the towns for the mutual benefit of the inhabitants thereof.

(b) to organise fund-raising activities in support of the aims of The Douzelage.

(c) to promote or support such other activities as may further the aims of The Douzelage.

3. PARTICIPATION

Membership of the organisation is restricted to one town from each of the member states of the European Union.

4. ORGANISATION

(a) the Representatives of the member towns shall meet once a year, and at such other times as may be deemed necessary.

(b) meetings will be chaired by the President or, in his absence, one of the two Vice-Presidents.

(c) the Presidents and Vice-Presidents shall be elected for a term of three years. They are eligible for re-election but each must be a citizen of a different town. They will be elected by an absolute majority at a general meeting of The Douzelage, nominations having been received by the Returning Officer and circulated by him at least four weeks before the meeting at which the elections are to be held. The Returning Officer will be appointed at the previous meeting of The Douzelage.

(d) matters of general policy are to be decided at general meetings and by simple majority. If in any vote there is a tie, then the President, or whosoever may be in the Chair for the time being, shall have a casting vote

(e) an annual subscription shall be paid to the Presidency at a level to be agreed at the general meeting of The Douzelage. The financial year shall run according to the rules in the town which holds the Presidency and Annual Accounts will be submitted at the general meeting for approval. The money thus subscribed is to be used for the expenses incurred by the Presidency

(f) an Honorary Treasurer shall be appointed by the town holding the Presidency

(g) the official written language of The Douzelage shall be English, and at Conferences French and English.

5. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Amendments to the Constitution shall only be made at the annual general meeting. Notice of proposed Amendments shall be given in writing to all towns two months before the date of the meeting. No Amendment shall be carried unless at least two thirds of the towns assent.

6. DISSOLUTION

In the event of The Douzelage being dissolved, any property or monies remaining after any debts and liabilities have been settled shall be distributed equally between the member towns.

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