Articles of Association
Name and Seat
The name of the Association is International Federation of Persons with Physical Disability, hereinafter referred to as FIMITIC.
The Association is to be registered in the Register of Associations.
The seat of the association shall be Bonn.
A transfer of the seat shall be decided by the Executive Board.
FIMITIC is a non-profit, politically independent and religiously neutral organization.
Purpose, Non-profit Association
The purpose of FIMITIC shall be the improvement of social, occupational and societal conditions of persons with physical disability.
FIMITIC promotes the equalization of opportunities for disabled persons and fights against their discrimination.
It shall outline in appropriate planning concepts how this objective is to be attained and what priorities will be established.
The purpose of the Association as laid down in the Articles of Association shall especially be the:
1. Improvement worldwide of social relations among persons with physical disabilities
2. Strengthening of the representation of interests within the national member organisations and institutions
3. Development of demands and actions vis-a-vis authorities, influential institutions and other bodies in matters of a supranational nature with the aim to improve the rights and opportunities of persons with physical disabilities to achieve full social equality and full participation.
The purpose of the Association as laid down in the Articles of Association shall be specifically realised through the mutual exchange of experience and opinions by means of meetings, conferences and other gatherings as well as through advisory services provided for the national member associations and co-ordination of their activities.
The Association's purpose is entirely and directly that of a non-profit organisation as set out in the section "tax-privileged purposes" of the Fiscal Code.
The Association only acts in a non-profit capacity and does not pursue any economic objectives of its own.
The financial assets of the Association may only be used for the purposes set down in the Articles of Association. Members do not receive any share of profits and also no other grants or subsidies from Association funds in their capacity as members. No person shall benefit from any expenditure alien to the purpose of the Association, or from any disproportionately high remuneration.
Members shall be representative, national, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of physically disabled persons, parents' organizations or organizations of physically disabled who are unable to speak for themselves.
The admission as member shall be decided by the Executive Board on submission of an application in writing.
Members should be associations with legal capacity according to the legal system of the respective country.
Each member shall have one vote at the Delegates' Conference.
Withdrawal from FIMITIC membership must be notified in writing to the President (by registered mail for the purpose of proof) observing a period of notice of three months to the end of the business year. Subscriptions due up to the time of withdrawal must be paid.
A member may be expelled by resolution of the Delegates' Conference if it is acting against the Articles of Association.
FIMITIC shall have the following organs:
1. The Delegates' Conference
2. The Executive Board
3. The Auditors
The Delegates' Conference shall consist of the representatives of members authorized to represent them. It will assemble every two years and shall have the competence to deal with the following:
1. Approval of the working report, the accounting and auditor's report
2. Adopting decisions in respect of the two-year budget and two-year plan
3. Determining members' subscriptions
4. Election of the Executive Board (the President, the two Vice-presidents, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, two to four additional Board members) and the Auditors
5. Resolution as to an amendment of the Articles of Association, except for transfer of the seat - see Article 1, section 3.
6. Approval of the rules of procedure
7. Decision on the motions of members
8. Dealing with other business as assigned by the Executive Board
An Extraordinary Delegates' Conference may be convened on application of 2/5 of the members.
The Delegates' Conference is to be convened by order of the Executive Board, stating the subjects to be dealt with, and shall be convened at least three months prior to the meeting.
Proposals of a motion to the Delegates' Conference shall be submitted to the President in writing and not later than six weeks prior to the meeting.
The resolutions adopted must be taken down in a protocol. The protocol must be signed by the President and the person taking down the protocol.
The Executive Board shall have seven to nine (7-9) members. It is composed of the President, two Vice-presidents, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and two to four (2-4) further members.
The election of the Executive Board by the Delegates' Conference shall be for a period of four years. The Executive Board shall however continue to remain in office when this period has expired until a new Executive Board has been elected. In case of vacancy a member is elected until the next election of the Executive Board.
Executive Board meetings shall be convened by the President. A meeting may also be convened on application of not less than four members of the Executive Board. Otherwise a meeting shall be convened as business requires but at least twice annually.
The Executive Board shall appoint commissions, committees and project groups, promote relations with all members and all agencies and institutions relevant to FIMITIC. It shall deal with the business of FIMITIC in so far as this has not been assigned to other organs.
The Executive Board may appoint a management board made of up of three persons and lay down rules of procedure for management of the business.
The resolutions taken by the Executive Board shall be recorded in a protocol. The protocol must by signed by the President and the person taking down the protocol.
The Executive Board as defined in Section 26 BGB (Civil Code of the Federal Republic of Germany) shall be the President, the two Vice-presidents, the Treasurer and the Secretary General. Two of these shall represent the Federation conjointly.
The auditors shall consist of two experts to be elected from among the member associations, except members of the Board, or shall be an approved trustee. They shall have access to all documents and recordings and shall examine cash, accounts and bookkeeping at least once annually. They shall report the results to the Delegates' Conference not less than every two years.
Resolutions and elections require a simple majority of votes in so far as these Articles of Association or the provisions of law do not require a different majority.
Resolutions on the exclusion of members or on the dissolution of FIMITIC shall be possible only with a two-third majority of votes.
FIMITIC is financed from:
1. Annual member subscription
2. Allocation of public funds
3. Special financing actions
5. Income from services rendered in execution of its tasks in accordance with the Articles of Association
6. Revenues from the Association's assets
The annual subscriptions of members shall be determined on the basis of the number of members of each national association. The subscription shall be due on 1 January every year and must be paid by the respective national association without special request not later than 31 March of the current year.
Any FIMITIC commitment shall be entirely the liability of the Association's assets.
Interpretation of the Articles of Association
Any questions as to the interpretation of the present Articles of Association shall be definitely decided by the Delegates' Conference.
Dissolution of FIMITIC
In the case of the dissolution of FIMITIC or if the tax-privileged purposes do no longer apply the remaining property or funds shall be assigned to a corporation under public law or to another inland and tax-privileged corporation which shall use it to help civilian handicapped and disabled persons.
The Delegates' Conference shall determine who is to execute the liquidation.
The business year shall be the calendar year.
Coming into Force
These Articles of Association were adopted by the Foundation Assembly on 7 April, 2000 in Bonn.