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Constitution

1. Our mission


The AEEE supports people and organisations in improving economics education within Europe.

The AEEE is a voluntary non-profit making European association. Its members have a commitment to economics education in a broad way (including for example business education).

Especially we would like to support people and organisation who:

- promote and support economics education at all levels

- want to collaborate in research on economics education like pedagogy, tests, learning materials and curriculum

- promote knowledge of European economies in general, and of the European Union and associated states in particular, among teachers and students of economic subjects.


2.  Services to members


The Association will provide a range of services to members, including:

- Information about new developments

- Organized conferences and meetings inEurope

- Share the outcomes of the collaborations in research on economics education

- Foster contacts for teacher and student exchanges

- Invitation for joint projects.

 

3.  Membership


3.1 The Association has two kinds of membership
: Full membership and Associate membership.

3.2 Full membership

 Full membership can only be obtained by associations who are involved at national level in economics education. For a full membership they have to support the aims of the AEEE, and   pay the appropriate membership fee.

The Association, to continue, must have at least three affiliated associations.

Full membership members have voting rights in the Council (see 5.1 below). They will forfeit voting and membership rights if they have not paid their fees within six months of the due date, or by decision of the Council.

3.3 Associate membership
Associate membership are divided into two kinds: Corporate membership and Individual membership.

Corporate membership can be obtained by non-government, voluntary and business organisations with a commitment to economics education.

Individual membership is open to those individuals who support the aims of the AEEE.


4.  Funding


The Association will seek to raise financial support for its activities from:

a. subscriptions

b. national and international bodies

c. industry and commerce

d. charitable trusts

e. the sale of publications and other services.


5.  Organisational structure


5.1     The Council

The Association shall have a Council comprising the Officers (see point 5.2a below), a nominee from each fully paid-up affiliated Association, the Chairperson from each major sub-committee, and sufficient other persons (including honorary members and Corporate members) to ensure adequate representation. The Committee shall have the right to co-opt members (including individual appointed as honorary members by virtue of their outstanding contributions to the work of the association), where they can contribute usefully to its work. 

Honorary members may serve on the Council provided they are officers of the association, chairpersons of working groups, national representatives or have been specifically co-opted.

The Council will be responsible for appointing a President and Vice-President, each to serve for two years.  These will be selected from those individuals of high standing in the world of Economics or Economics Education.

5.2  The Executive

An Executive comprising the Officers: the Chairperson, Secretary-General and Treasurer shall be delegated by the Council to conduct the policy laid down by the Council between meetings.

The Officers will be elected by the Council for a four-year term.

The officers in each post may stand for re-election.

If an officer is incapacitated or resigns, the Executive shall have the power to appoint a substitute, who will complete the term of office, and may subsequently stand for election to the post by the Council.

The Executive Committee has representative functions, and must present an annual written report and a set of financial accounts to the Council.

If the Annual Report and Accounts are unsatisfactory, or for any other reason, a vote of no-confidence in one or more members of the Executive may be called (using the procedures outlined in point 7.1 below).  The officer or officers losing this vote of confidence must resign, and be replaced under the procedures outlined in point 5.2e above.

5.3   Sub-committees and Working Groups

Ad-hoc sub-groups may be established by agreement of the Council.  All sub-committees shall have clearly defined objectives, with a specific period defined for their achievement.  They will normally disband at the end of this period, unless a new programme of work has been approved by the Council.  The Council shall decide, in advance, the voting rights of the Chairpersons of sub-committees and Working Groups.


6.  Proceedings and functions


6.1 Agenda for Council meeting

Secretary in consultation with the Chairperson and members of the Council, and circulated at least three weeks in advance of the meeting.

6.2  Financial Control

 a. A financial statement of income, expenditure, reserves and a budget shall be presented annually to the Council, by the Treasurer in co-operation with other members of the Executive.  The accounts, together with a bi-annual Report, must be circulated to affiliated associations.

b. The Council must nominate two people, independent of the Treasurer, to control the annual accounts.

c.     In the event of the AEEE disbanding, any remaining funds will be distributed among the constituent associations

6.2        Conferences initiated by the AEEE

The co-operation of affiliated national associations will be sought, wherever possible, in the organisation of both international and national conferences initiated by the AEEE.  The Council shall have the authority to decide upon the venues, topics and general organisation conferences held at a European level, will have first claim on receipts to cover organisational costs, and will lay down the protocol for approaching sponsoring organisations.

6.3        Publications

The Council shall be responsible for all matters regarding the publication of Biennial Conference proceedings and other publications, such as those resulting from the activities of Working Groups.

The Committee shall appoint editors and try to ensure that there is a balanced publication programme, which reflects the interests of different national language groups.

6.5  Annual Subscription

This will be normally decided on a biennial basis by the Council.


7.  CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

The present constitution was approved by the Council of the AEEE inManchester,UK on August 27, 2009.  Changes to the constitution may be proposed by member associations and will be voted upon by Council.