Name and headquarters

Article 1

  1. The association (also called network
    or organisation) is named: Charter of European Rural Communities.
  2. It has its headquarters in the
    municipality of CISSÉ (France).

Article 2

  1. The objective of the association is
    1. Promote the cooperation and
      communication among the inhabitants of the Member States of the European Union
      and other members’ countries;
    1. Inform the citizens about the
      customs and lifestyles of other countries of the EU;
    1. Enable the inhabitants of the
      Charter to launch and engage in joint projects.
  2. The Charter will reach those
    objectives by:
    1. Organising meetings of the network
      where all members are represented with a delegation;
    1. Arranging thematic conferences where
      members can participate
    1. Establishing common projects related
      to the priorities of the European Union;
    1. Stimulating bilateral contact among
      individuals and groups.


Article 3

  1. The association is envisaged for an
    unlimited duration;
  2. The financial year of the
    association is the calendar year, under condition that the first financial year
    starts with the foundation (and ends on the thirty-first of December the
    following year).


Article 4

  1. The Charter should have one member
    from each member state of the European Union.
  2. The members are the municipalities
    or their representatives in a foundation “Friends of Europe” who are registered
    in writing as members to the Presidium and are accepted by the members’ Mayors’
    Meeting. This is manifested by a signed declaration of that municipality.
  3. Apart from the obligation as fixed
    in Article 4, Paragraph 1, the Charter could also have members from non-EU
    countries. Article 4, Paragraph 2 is applicable to these members as well. The
    acceptation by the members’ Mayors’ Meeting however, should be made with a
    majority of at least two thirds of issued votes. The members’ Mayor’s Meeting
    could limit the rights and powers of members as referred to in this Paragraph.
    This limitation should be manifested by a signed declaration and could only be
    made upon initial acceptance of the member.

Article 5

  1. The membership finishes:
    1. By member’s cancellation;
    1. By association’s cancellation;
    1. By dismissal.
  2. Cancellation of membership by the
    member itself is only possible at the end of a financial year. It is made in
    writing to the administration with at least four weeks notice.
  3. Cancellation of membership on behalf
    of the association can be fulfilled at the end of the running financial year
    and by the Presidum:
    1. When on the first of November a
      member, after being ordered in writing at least three times, did not meet his
      financial obligations in that financial year to the association;
    1. When a member has ceased
      requirements of membership, as stated at that time in statutes and regulations.
  4. Cancellation is always made in
    writing, stating the reasons of cancellation.
  5. Deprivation of membership can be
    expressed when a member acts opposable to the statutes, regulations or
    decisions of the association. This is performed by the Presidium which informs
    the member of the decision by station the reasons, as quickly as possible.
  6. When membership ends in the course
    of a financial year, the annual contribution remains indebted by the member,
    unless the Presidium decides otherwise.
  7. In case a member agreed to take part
    in projects with a limited duration, financed by external parties, Article 5, Paragraph
    2 is only applicable to the final year of the granted project(s). Cancellation
    of membership before the end of the project(s) is not possible, unless the
    Presidium decides otherwise.


Article 6

Every member owes an annual contribution. The sum of the contribution is fixed by the members’ Mayors’ Meeting.


Article 7

  1. The Presidium includes at least five
    and at most eight persons, respectively being representatives of five to eight
    different members.
  2. The members of the Presidium are
    elected to office at the members’ Mayors’ Meeting.
  3. Cissé, the French member of the
    Charter, will always be part of the Presidium, since the Charter has been
    founded there.
  4. The Presidium is chaired by the
    President. The President is elected to office at the members’ Mayors’ Meeting
    for a term of four years. When the President resigns, he is immediately
    eligible for reelection, to the maximum of two terms in total.
  5. The President is assisted by an
    appointed secretary.
  6. The Presidium elects among its
    members a Vice-President who is appointed to the management of finances.
  7. The Presidium elects among its
    members a second Vice-President.
  8. The President and Vice-President(s)
    are responsible for the day-to-day management of the association.
  9. When the President is absent for a
    long period, the Vice-President takes responsibility for the tasks of the President.
    The second Vice-President takes responsibility then for the tasks of the Vice-President.
  10. When the Vice-President is away for
    a long period, the second Vice-President takes responsibility for his tasks.
  11. The members of the Presidium are
    named for a term of four years and may be reelected. One year is specified as
    period between two successive annual members’ Mayors’ Meetings. The members of
    the Presidium tender their resignation following a procedure established by the
    Presidium. A member of the Presidium who is resigning is immediately eligible for
    reelection, to the maximum of two terms in total.
  12. If the number of members of the
    Presidium is less than the minimum stated in Article 7, paragraph 1, the
    Presidium remains however operational. The Presidium calls a members’ Mayors’
    Meeting as soon as possible where appointment to the vacant post is addressed.

Article 8

  1. The Presidium is, with the preliminary
    agreement of the members’ Mayors’ Meeting, competent to decide to sign
    contracts of acquisition, abalienation or encumbrance of property of register
    and to sign contracts where the association is involved as deposit or united
    co-customer in credit, takes cognisance of a third part or gets involved in a
    guaranteed debt of other people.
  2. The Presidium represents the association.
  3. The competence of (re)presentation
    belongs to the President and Vice-President(s).

Youth Coordination Team

Article 8a

  1. To encourage young people to
    participate in the association’s activities, the association has a Youth
    Coordination Team. The Youth Coordination Team could advice the President and
    the Presidium, whom could mandate certain tasks to the Youth Coordination Team.
  2.  The Youth Coordination Team includes at least
    two and at most four young persons (18-30 years), respectively being
    representatives of two to four different members.
  3. The members of the Youth
    Coordination Team are elected to office by the Presidium.
  4. The members of the Youth
    Coordination Team are named for a term of two years. One year is specified as
    period between two successive annual members’ Mayors’ Meetings. The members of
    the Youth Coordination Team tender their resignation following a procedure established
    by the Youth Coordination Team. A member of the Youth Coordination Team who is
    resigning is immediately eligible for reelection, to the maximum of two terms
    in total.
  5. The Youth Coordination Team appoints
    among its members one person that will attend meetings of the Presidium. The
    appointed member does not have voting right in the Presidium.

Members’ Mayors’ Meeting

Article 9

Mayors’ Meetings take place in the community where the association is
established statutorily, or in another community or country as specified by the

Article 10

  1. All members, as well as those who
    are invited by the Presidium and/or by the members’ Mayors’ Meeting, have
    access to this assembly. A suspended member has access to the assembly where
    the decision of suspension is made and is permitted to take the floor.
  2. Except for a suspended member, every
    present member has one single vote in members’ Mayors’ Meetings, unless
    limitations regarding voting right have been ratified according to Article 4,
    Paragraph 3.
  3. Members of the Presidium and the
    Youth Coordination Team have access to the members’ Mayors’ Meeting but do not
    have the right to vote.
  4. An unanimous decision of all members
    who have the right to vote, even when they are not in attendance at the members’
    Mayors’ Meeting, has the same authority as a decision of the members’ Mayors’
    Meeting, provided that it is taken with the knowledge of the Presidium. This
    decision can also be made in writing.
  5. The President (or his representative
    as stated in Article 11, Paragraph 1) presides over the manner of voting in
    members’ Mayors’ Meeting.
  6. All decision, on which there is no
    written requirement for majority by law or by these statutes, are made by an
    absolute majority of issued votes. A hung vote on any issue is postponed. On
    elections between more than two members that do not result in an absolute
    majority, voting is repeated between the two members with the biggest number of
    votes, if necessary after an intermediate vote.

Article 11

  1. Members’ Mayors’ Meetings are
    chaired by the President or in his/her absence by the Vice-President. If no
    member of the Presidium is present, the assembly appoints a chairperson.
  2. Minutes of speeches of members’
    Mayors’ Meeting will be written by the secretary or by a person appointed by
    the President. These minutes will be accepted in writing during the same
    Mayors’ Meeting, or as quickly as possible after meeting, and is witnessed and
    signed by the President and the Vice-President of the meeting. The minutes of
    the members’ Mayors’ Meeting are accepted when there are no written remarks
    within six weeks after the minutes have been send to the members.

Article 12

  1. The financial year of the
    association is the same as the calendar year. Every year at least one members’
    Mayors’ Meeting takes place within less than eight months after the end of the
    financial year, except for continuation of this term by members’ Mayors’
    Meeting. In the Mayors’ Meetings, the Presidium presents its annual report on
    the procedure of the association and on its strategy.
  2. It presents the balance sheet for
    approval and the condition of incomes and expenditures with an explanatory text
    in the members’ Mayors’ Meeting. These documents are signed by the members of
    the Presidium;  when a signature is
    missing of one or more persons, it is recorded statin the reasons. At the end
    of term every members has the right in law to ensure the collective managers
    execute their obligations.
  3. If, regarding the preceding article,
    a statement of a certified public accountant as read in article 2.393 indent 1
    of the Civil Code is not produced, members’ Mayors’ Meeting appoints each year
    a commission of at least two members who cannot be part of the Presidium.
  4. To the commission, the Presidium is
    required to present all demanded information for their review, to present the
    treasury and stocks and to provide the books and documents of the Mayors’
  5. The commission examines documents
    named in Article 12, Paragraphs 1 and 3.
  6. When according to the commission
    examination requires further specific accounting expertise, assistance can be
    provided by an expert at the expense of the association. The commission makes a
    report of its results in the members’ Mayors’ Meeting.

Article 13

  1. Members’ Mayors’ Meetings are called
    by the Presidium as often as it considers it desirable or is obliged by virtue
    of law.
  2. In the written request of at least a
    third of members who have the right to vote, the Presidium is obliged to call a
    members’ Mayors’ Meeting, taking place in less than six weeks after the
    presentation of request. If, within fourteen days, they do not follow up the
    request, the applicants can undertake the convocation of a members’ Mayors’
    Meeting such as fixed in Article 13, Paragraph 3. Then the applicants invite
    persons other than members of the Presidium to preside the Mayors’ Meeting and
    to write down the minutes.
  3. The call up of a members’ Mayors’
    Meeting is made by communication written to the members of the association in a
    period of at least seven days. The agenda is listed in the invitation.

Modification of the Statutes

Article 14

  1. The modification of statutes can be
    made only by a decision of members’ Mayors’ Meeting, in which they are notified
    of proposal to modify the statutes.
  2. Those who make a proposal in
    members’ Mayors’ Meeting for a modification of statutes are obliged to provide
    an exact copy of this proposal to the members for their examination at least seven
    days before the day of the meeting.
  3. Members’ Mayors’ Meeting can only
    decide to modify the statutes with a majority of at least two thirds of issued
  4. The modification of statutes comes
    into force only after a public notary deed is made. Each of the members of the
    committee is competent to get the act of modification of statutes.
  5. The members of the Presidium have
    the obligation to give evidence in the offices of the register of the public
    notary, a genuine copy of the act of the modification of statutes and an entire
    and permanent text of statutes, such as they are formulated after modification.

Disolution and payment of debt

Article 15

  1. Article 14is applicable in
    accordance with a decision of members’ Mayors’ Meeting for the dissolution of
    the association.
  2. The members’ Mayors’ Meeting decides
    the manner of the decision heard in the previous paragraph, for credit balance,
    and having into account, as much as possible, the objective of the association.
  3. The settlement is fulfilled by the
  4. After dissolution the association
    continues as long as necessary for the settlement of its property. During the
    settlement the articles of statutes remain in force as long as possible. The
    documents and announcement which emanate from the association must show the
    words “in liquidation” beside its name.
  5. The settlement finishes at the
    moment when there are no more benefits known by the liquidator.
  6. The books and documents of the
    dissolved association must be kept for the years after the settlement. The
    documenter is the one, who as suck, is pointed out by the liquidators.  


Article 16

  1. Members’ Mayors’ Meeting can fix and
    change one or more regulations, in which topics are regulated or that are not
    completely regulated in these statutes.
  2. Regulations cannot be made up with
    dispositions opposite to law or these statutes.
  3. Decisions with fixing and
    modification of regulations are applicable in accordance with what is stated in
    Article 14

Final Clause

Article 17

In the
association all competences, which are not given to other organs by law or
statutes, return to the members’ Mayors’ Meeting.

Boy Scholtze


Ratified: Mayors’ Meeting, Põlva (Estonia),
20th July 2019