ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

Art. 1 – Constitution, name, place and duration.


1. On 18th April 2015 a volunteer committee was set up called "TRIESTE ANIMAL DAY".


2. The Committee is apolitical, non-partisan, non-denominational and non-profit and acts as pursuant to law 266/1991 and to the regional law n. 23/12.


3. The Committee is located in Trieste, Italy in Via Amerigo Vespucci nr. 12 PC 34144.


4. The term of the Committee is unlimited.


5. The Committee’s logo is in the Annex of these Articles of Association.


6. The founding members are those listed in the Annex.


Art. 2 – Location, aims and activities.


The Committee operates in the Province of Trieste and the Friuli – Venezia Giulia Region.


The Committee aims to use the World Animal Day to raise people’s awareness with regard to animals, and the environment in which they live, and encourage the improvement in the quality of life of animals in our area. Furthermore, to create more awareness for the protection of Creation, by encouraging the participation of all to achieve a single purpose, that of the protection of animals and of all creatures, avoiding unnecessary suffering or violence and respecting their needs.


To this end, outreach activities and educational events will be organized, such as:


a) scientific conferences and workshops; collecting funds events such as concerts, open days in rescue shelters, performances of various kinds; school events like races connected to animals, film screenings, workshops to educate young people and pet owners, cultural events;


b) Presenting to the Public Administration the problems inherent to the field in which the committee is active.


c) Organisation of an event "World Animal Day" in Trieste, Italy on the 4th October every year, on the occasion of the world day of animals and the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of Creation.


Art. 3 – Asset management


The Committee shall carry out only volunteer activities through the personal and free services of its members and does not seek in any way a profit objective, therefore any income of any kind will be intended to cover the costs of the activities.


The members can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred for service provided, upon presentation of documentation and within the limits established beforehand by the members- meeting.


Since this Committee is not funded, membership fee to cover operating expenses shall be set up, should these expenses occur, borne by the members as specified below.


The Committee may also obtain economic resources for the operation and for the conduct of its activities by:


1. Voluntary contributions from members,


2. Contributions from public and private bodies,


3. Contributions from international organizations, donations, bequests or other funds.


The financial year of the Association will begin and end respectively on January 1st and December 31st of each year.


At the end of each financial year the Board shall prepare the budget and submit it for approval to the members by 31st April.


Art. 4 – Members of the Committee


The Committee will consist of:


1. Ordinary members,


2. Supporting members,


3. Honorary members.


The founders automatically become members.


The number of members is unlimited.


The Board may invite as collaborators: the representatives of Fifth District Barriera Vecchia – San Giacomo, the Association of Merchants of San Giacomo, the parish of St. James the Apostle and the project coordinator for Habitat – Microarea project, as well as animal rights and environmental associations as partners through two representatives, and finally all the people the Board will identify for help in specific activities.


The participants at the meeting will have to maintain a perfect moral conduct within and outside the Committee, as well as refrain from any action that might harm it.


Art. 5 – Eligibility criteria of the members, definitions, rights and duties.


The admission as ordinary member and supporter is subject to the submission of a specific request form from the interested parties. The Board shall act by a simple majority on the acceptance or rejection of the application.


For any rejection there must be a motivation.


The candidacy of a person or entity as honorary member is proposed by a member of the Board, upon justifiable reasons; the latter shall act unanimously on the acceptance or rejection of the application.


For any rejection there must be a motivation.


All members are required to comply with these Articles of Association, internal regulations and resolutions legally adopted, and to have a respectful behaviour towards the Committee;


All individuals who are of legal age and pay the annual membership fee can be ordinary members. They participate in activities sponsored by the Committee, they may be called to be members of the Technical or Scientific Team, have the right to vote and participate in ordinary and extraordinary meetings.


Legal persons may join the Committee as ordinary members upon payment of the annual membership fee. The ordinary member who is a legal person must be represented in the meetings and other activities of the Committee by a legal representative or a delegate provided with powers of representation. The ordinary member who is a legal person, when called upon to express their vote on resolutions, will always express only one.


Supporting members are individuals of legal age and legal persons, who, through their high value economic contributions, or through contributions of other nature provide for the maintenance of the Committee and/or contribute to the carrying out its activities and its projects. Individuals participating in activities sponsored by the Committee, may be invited to be part of the two Teams, they have the right to vote and stand in ordinary and extraordinary meetings.


Honorary members are individuals who are of legal age and legal persons who have achieved remarkable merit in line with the aims of the Committee. Individuals participating in activities sponsored by the Committee, may be invited to be part of the Technical or Scientific Team, have the right to vote and stand in ordinary and extraordinary meetings.


Art. 6 – Composition of the Committee


Members of the Committee:


a) The Members’ Meeting;


b) The technical team;


c) The scientific team;


d) The Board;


e) The President.


Art. 7 – Members’ Meeting


The Ordinary General Meeting is convened by the President at least once a year no later than the month of April for the approval of the budget, and each time the President deems it necessary.


The convocation can be made through communication by electronic means or by physical letters at least seven calendar days before the meeting.


On that occasion, the work carried out by the Committee and the commitments for the following year will be presented publicly.


The Assembly consists of all individual members and can be ordinary and extraordinary.


The proxy voting offered in writing is admitted, to be assigned exclusively to another member; the accumulation of more than three proxies is prohibited.


The Ordinary General Meeting directs all the activities of the Committee and:


1. approves the final and draft financial statements;


2. appoints the members of the Board;


3. Resolves upon any internal regulation and its variations;


4. Sets the amount of the annual membership fee.


The Extraordinary General Meeting is convened by the President, it may be convened at the request of a majority of the members, or at the request of a third of the members, where and if the need arises.


The ordinary and the extraordinary General Meetings are chaired by the Chairman of the Board or, in his/her absence, the Vice-President and in the absence of both, by another member of the Board elected by those present.


Art. 8 – The technical team


It is appointed by the Directors from the members, but can benefit from the assistance of third parties, including non-members. Among the members of the team the Board appoints a Coordinator, who follows the guidelines given by the former and reports on the activities to the Board. The head of the team has the right to attend meetings of the Board even if they are not a member, as a consultant.


The technical team oversees the technical duties in the organization of activities.


Art. 9 – Scientific Team


It is appointed by the Board from the members, but can benefit from the assistance of third parties, including non-members. Among the members of the team the Board appoints a Coordinator, who follows the guidelines given by the former and reports on the activities to the Board. The Coordinator has the right to attend meetings of the Board even if they are not a member, as a consultant.


The scientific team oversees the organization of scientific activities.


Art. 10 – The Board and the President


The Board is limited to a number of 6 members, elected from the participants at the Ordinary Member’s Meeting. It is formed by: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and two counsellor members.


The Board shall hold office for two years and can be re-elected.


The Board carries out the decisions of the Member’s Meetings, as well as proposes and implements any action useful and necessary to the pursuit of the goals and purposes of the Committee.


The Board meets upon the call of the President or at the request of its members to decide on the necessary measures.


The Board, at the end of each financial year, discusses and approves the budget before submitting it for approval to the Ordinary Member’s Meeting.


The Board may amend the Statute due to urgent needs dictated by modifications in the law, in order to avoid incurring administrative and/or legal sanctions. The adjustment shall be subject to approval by the Member’s Meeting as regularisation.


During the meetings of the Board, the discussion should be directed to the needs and problems related to the purposes of the Committee, and not personal interests.


For the validity of the deliberations of the Board the presence of a majority of members is required. Resolutions are adopted by an absolute majority of the participants; in case of a draw the President’s vote counts as a double vote.


The various points on the agenda are dealt with in order, in accordance with the rules of civil and moral ethics.


Anyone who is appointed by the Board to carry out an assignment and they accept it, undertakes to execute it responsibly, establishing a fixed deadline and acting in accordance with the established methods of the Committee.


The unjustified absence from the meeting for two consecutive times without justification will result in the forfeiture of the appointment.


The office of President shall be five years, it may be renewed or revoked by the Board or by the Member’s Meeting with a simple majority by providing justification for the revocation request. The President is entrusted with powers of representation of the Committee in relations with third parties, of organization and internal management.


The president sets the Member’s Meetings and the meetings of the Board, establishing the agenda.


The Board may appoint a panel of Arbitrators for the control and management of the activities of members of the Committee.


To start with, it is decided that for organizational reasons upon incorporation until the first Member’s meeting, Mr. Fabio Rabak shall be designated as the first Chairman of the Committee and that the founding members will create the Board.


Art. 11 – Dissolution of the Committee


In the event of dissolution of the Committee, unanimously decided during the ordinary or extraordinary members’ meeting, any remaining assets will be donated to other voluntary organizations operating in the same or similar field. The Board at the time of termination remain in office until all the tasks and all the necessary procedures are finalized.


Art. 10 – References


For everything not specifically mentioned in this statute lease refer to the Civil Code and other applicable laws in force.

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