Articles of the Tunisian Association for Prenatal Education (ATEP)
TITLE 1. ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I – NAME
It is founded between the adherent members to the present articles an association governed by the law of July the 1st, 1901 and the Decree of August 16th, 1901, entitled: Tunisian Association for Prenatal Education (ATEP: L’Association Tunisienne pour l’Éducation Prénatale).
ARTICLE 2 – GOAL
This association aims to empower women and their families and to protect the mother and the newborn by improving the access of the pregnant women, future and new parents to childbirth education classes and support programs for new parents. It also aims to support these women and their families in their fight against obstetrical violence and for the right to a birth with dignity.
ARTICLE 3 – HEAD OFFICE
The head office is at Fatma Safi 22 Rue de Belle Épine, 35510 Cesson-Sévigné, France.
It may be transferred by decision of the Bureau.
ARTICLE 4 – DURATION
The duration of the association is unlimited.
TITLE II. COMPOSITION
ARTICLE 5 – COMPOSITION
The association consists of:
Active members: members actually participating in the activities and management of
the association. These members may be exempted from payment of dues by
decision of the General Assembly (GA);
Associate members: individuals who pay an annual fee in the amount set annually by the GA;
Benefactors: natural or legal persons who pay a higher premium than that set by the GA or people who regularly send donations to the association;
Honorary members: Natural or legal persons who have rendered special services to the association, they are exempt from payment of dues
ARTICLE 6 – BECOMING A MEMBER
The association is open to all individuals aged over 18 years, without condition or distinction and fulfilling the annual fee.
The amount of the annual fee may be changed by decision of the GA.
ARTICLE 7 – RADIATION
Membership is lost:
a- either by a letter of resignation to the President;
b- by the member’s death;
c- or by expulsion by the ordinary or extra-ordinary GA for non-payment of dues or for serious grounds, the person concerned has been invited to provide explanations to the Executive committee in person and/or in writing;
d- or, finally, by dissolving the ATEP.
ARTICLE 8 – MEMBERSHIP
This association can join other associations, unions or groupings by decision of the GA.
TITLE III. ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION
ARTICLE 9 – ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA)
The ordinary general assembly includes all the members in whatever capacity they are.
It meets annually in July.
At least fifteen days before the fixed date, the members are convened by the care of the president. The agenda appears on the summons.
The President, assisted by the Executive committee members, presides and presents the moral report.
The Treasurer reports on his management and submits the annual accounts (balance sheet, income statement and notes) for the approval of the assembly (financial report).
The General Assembly sets the amount of the annual contributions to the various categories of members.
Only the items on the agenda can be addressed.
Decisions are taken by majority vote of those present and / or represented.
Absent members may be represented by the members present on presentation of a written and signed proxy.
After exhaustion of the agenda, the new Executive committee members are elected.
All decisions are taken by show of hands, except the election of the Executive committee’s members.
The decisions of the General Assembly are binding on all members, including absent or represented.
The secretary of the GA writes the Minutes.
ARTICLE 10 – EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL Assembly:
If necessary, or at the request of half plus one of the registered members, the Extraordinary General Assembly must be convened under the same conditions as the Ordinary one (Article 9) for the approval of statutory changes or for any serious situation or for the dissolution of the association.
The Extraordinary General Assembly may validly deliberate only if half the members are present or represented.
It is necessary to receive the approval of two thirds of the attending members.
The Extraordinary General Assembly may be held immediately after the Ordinary one,, but only after the official closure of the latter.
ARTICLE 11 – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The association is headed by an Executive committee. This one ensures the implementation of decisions of the GA, he assumes the daily management of the association and oversees the statutory functioning, as well as regulatory compliance.
The board members are elected (by secret ballot) for one year by the General Assembly. Members may be reelected.
The board consists of at least:
a- A president: who is the association’s legal representative. He represents the association in all acts of civil life. The president:
represents the association with governments, partners and the public;
represents the association in court;
directs the association by signing contracts;
convenes and chairs the EC;
also chairs the general assemblies;
has the right to initiate organs’ meetings and the control of agendas;
is entitled to open and operate the association’s accounts.
b- A treasurer: he shares with president the management of the association.
The Treasurer is the financial manager of the association, he is in charge of:
the opening and operation of the association’s accounts;
management of memberships, grants and donations;
the payment of bills, wages and different expenses;
management of the association’s accounts;
writing the financial report read during the General Assembly.
The Executive Committee is renewed by half every year, the first year, exiting members are chosen by lottery.
In case of vacancy, the Executive Committee provides temporary replacement of its members. The members final replacement is due by the next general assembly. The powers of the members so elected shall expire at the end the mandate of the replaced members.
The executive committee meets at least once every six months, convened by the President, or at the request of a third of its members.
Decisions are taken by majority vote; in case of a tie, the President has the casting vote.
Any Executive committee member who, without excuse, fails to attend three consecutive meetings will be considered resigned.
TITLE IV – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
ARTICLE 12 – RESOURCES
The resources of the association include:
The amount of members’ contributions;
The state, departments and municipalities grants, or other organizations’ grants providing legal safeguards.
All resources authorized by the laws and regulations.
ARTICLE 13 – ACCOUNTING
The Treasurer is required to keep records showing an annual income statement, an operating statement, a balance sheet and an appendix.
ARTICLE 14 – ALLOWANCES
All functions, including those of the members of the Executive committee, are free and voluntary.
Only expenses incurred in discharging their mandate are reimbursed upon receipts.
The financial report presented to the Ordinary General Assembly presents, by beneficiary, Refunds of mission expenses, travel or representation.
Title V – REGULATION, DISSOLUTION AND ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES
ARTICLE – 15 – INTERNAL REGULATION
Internal regulation may be established by the executive committee. It is then approved by the General Assembly.
This eventual settlement is intended to secure the various points not provided for by the present statutes, including those relating to the association’s internal administration.
ARTICLE 16 – DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution pronounced according to the procedures laid down in Article 10, one or several liquidators are appointed, and the assets, if there is any, are vested in accordance with the decisions of the extraordinary general assembly deciding on the dissolution.
Article 17: Administrative formalities
The President meets the formalities of declaration and publication prescribed by Law. All powers are granted to this effect to the bearer of an original of the present.
Cesson-sevigne, April 11th , 2016