Association

European Security and Defence Press Association (ESDPA)

Association de la Presse Européenne de Sécurité et de Défense (APESD)

Headquarters : 47, rue Erlanger, 75016 Paris

The Association is declared pursuant to the law of 1st July 1901 at the prefecture of Paris

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Article 1. Subscription

1- The honorary members are persons who have contributed acknowledged services, by way of reputation or media, to the Association or in furtherance of its objectives.

Proposed by the bureau, their status as honorary members should be unanimously approved by the members, present and represented, of the board of directors.

The honorary members are dispensed with payment of the subscription fee.

2- The benefactor members are the persons who support the Association financially beyond the ordinary subscription fee. However, all the donors are not automatically benefactor members.

A benefactor member should pay a subscription fee equal to 10.000 €; this amount can be modified from time to time by the board of directors.

3- The active members are the persons who participate in the life of the Association.

The active members should pay an annual subscription fee the amount of which is fixed at 50 € ; this amount can be modified from time to time by the board of directors.

4- The associated members are individuals or legal entities, French or foreign, approved by the board of directors who through projects of joint interest, wish to participate in the operations of the Association.

Subscription fees paid to the Association are non-refundable. No repayment of a subscription fee may be sought during the year in case of resignation, exclusion, or death of a member.

The request for payment of the initial subscription and renewals will be made in the beginning of every new year.

The renewal subscription fees should be paid for the full year in the first trimester.

Article 2. Admission of new members

Persons wishing to join should fill out an admission form accompanied of the amount of the subscription fee in as per the Articles and sign the Charter of APESD.

The updated Articles and the Internal Settlement can be consulted by every member on simple request.

Article 3. Exclusion

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Articles, a member can be excluded for the following motives:

* Repeated absence, without motive, from meetings,

* Deterioration of the equipment made available to it,

* Dangerous actions,

* Insulting remarks made in front of the other members,

* Actions incompatible with ethics of the Association,

* Breach of the Articles and of the Internal Settlement,

* Failure to sign the Charter.

This should be pronounced by the board of directors after hearing the explanations of the member against whom the exclusion procedure was engaged. The member will be convoked by registered letter return receipt requested fifteen days prior to this hearing. This letter must state the motives of exclusion. The member may be assisted by a person of his choice who is a member of the Association.

The decision to expel will be notified by registered letter return receipt requested.

Article 4. Resignation – Death

Pursuant to Article 13 of the Articles, the resignation of a member may is notified by simple letter to the president.

The member who has not paid his annual subscription fee will be considered as automatically resigning.

No restitution of the subscription fee will be made to the resigning member.

In case of death, the membership is extinguished with the person. No restitution of subscription fee will be made to the heirs of a dead member.

Article 5. Bureau of the Counsel of administration

The election of the bureau by the members of the board of directors is by raised hands.

At the request of a quarter of present and represented members, the vote may take place by secret ballot.

Article 6. Role of the members of the bureau

The roles of the members of the bureau are defined as follows pursuant to the Articles :

President : see Article 21 of the Articles.

The Vice-President : see Article 22 of the Articles.

The General Secretary : see Article 23 of the Articles.

Treasury : see Article 24 of the Articles.

Article 7. Signature of Checks

The president signs an authorisation to pay.

The treasurer, on receipt of an authorisation, established the check.

The president alone is authorised to operate the accounts of the Association, however, it is expressly provided that he can delegate this signatory power.

Article 8. Committees

The board of directors can decide the creation of one or more committees as needed. The board of directors establishes for each committee a project as to its creation and operations.

Article 9. Ordinary General Assembly

The active members up to date with their subscription fees are convoked by registered mail return receipt requested or by an ordinary mail a minimum of fifteen (15) days before the fixed date for the meeting. Only the active members are authorised to vote.

An attendance register is signed indicating the members present and represented and giving access to the general assembly.

The number of present and represented members is announced and serves as the basis for the various ballots.

The votes are supervised by three (3) inspectors appointed amongst the members at the assembly.

Observers, if any, and guests, present at the discretion of the president, are subject to the usual reserves.

A secretary is appointed for the meeting at the beginning of the meeting. He drafts the minutes of the general assembly.

The ballot is by raised hand.

At the request of one-quarter of the present and represented members, the vote can be by secret ballot.

In this case, the secret ballots are disposed in an urn held by the secretary of the meeting.

In all cases, the votes are by majority.

Votes by the proxy are authorized. An active member may not hold more than three proxies. No exceptions are allowed and all the additional proxies will be considered as void.

Votes by correspondence are authorized.

Article 10. Extraordinary General Assembly

As provided by Article 29 of the Articles of the Association, the General Assembly can be convoked in an extraordinary manner as a result of a proposition by the board of directors.

Members up to date with their subscription fees are convoked by registered letter return receipt requested or by ordinary mail a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior the date set for the meeting.

An attendance sheet is signed indicating the members present and represented and giving an access to the general assembly.

The number of present and represented members is announced and serves as the basis for the various ballots.

The votes are supervised by three (3) inspectors appointed amongst the members at the assembly.

Observers, if any, and guests, present at the discretion of the president, are subject to the usual reserves.

A secretary is appointed for the meeting at the beginning of the meeting. He drafts the minutes of the general assembly.

The ballot is by raised hand.

At the request of one-quarter of the members present and represented members, the vote can be by secret ballot.

In this case, the secret ballots are disposed in a urn held by the secretary of the meeting.

In all cases, the votes are by majority.

Votes by the proxy are authorized. An active member may not hold more than three proxies. No exceptions are allowed and all the additional proxies will be considered as void.

Votes by correspondence are authorized.

Article 11. The Internal Settlement

The internal settlement is established by the board of directors pursuant to Article 30 of the Articles of the Association then approved by the Ordinary General Assembly.

It can be modified as proposed by the general assembly at the request of half of the members of the Association.

The new internal settlement is made available to all the members of the association.

A copy of the internal settlement is available by simple request addressed to the president or to the secretary of the Association.

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