ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF THE UPPERADRIATIC ITALO-CROATIAN CGIL, CISL, UIL, SSSH
INTERREGIONAL TRADE UNION COUNCIL
Article 1. Characteristics, objectives, and seat
The Upperadriatic Italo-Croatian CGIL, CISL, UIL, SSSH Interregional Trade Union Council (hereafter referred to as IR.T.U.C.) is an Association established between the trade union organizations of Friuli Venezia Giulia and regions and border counties of Italy and Croatia as members of the Alps-Adriatic Working Community, entrusted with activities and initiatives related to cross-border cooperation and protection of frontier workers.
IR.T.U.C. shall perform cross-border cooperation activities for the protection and promotion of economic, social and cultural interests within the scope of the world of work.
IR.T.U.C. shall promote and participate in activities and initiatives promoted within the regions and counties for which the associated union organizations bear responsibility, and more generally, within the European Union, Alps-Adriatic Working Community and other areas of interest, as well as initiatives relating to the development of social relations and social dialogue.
IR.T.U.C. is a member of the E.T.U.C. and operates under its aegis.
The seat of IR.T.U.C. is located in Trieste, at the pro tempore President’s trade union organization or, alternatively, at the pro tempore Vice-President’s trade union organization.
Article 2. Affiliated organizations
IR.T.U.C. is promoted by the E.T.U.C. affiliated trade union organisations of Friuli Venezia Giulia and regions and border counties of Italy and Croatia, members of the Alps-Adriatic Working Community.
The members of IRTUC are:
- CGIL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- Regional Trade Union CISL of Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- Regional Union UIL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- CGIL Veneto;
- Regional Trade Union CISL of Veneto;
- Regional Union UIL Veneto;
- UATUC, with its Territorial Offices in the County of Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
Temporary participation in the IR.T.U.C.’s activities is excluded.
The association is based on democratic principles and on the equality of all members.
Article 2.bis. Bodies
IR.T.U.C.’s bodies are:
- General Assembly;
- Presidency Office;
Article 3. General Assembly
The IR.T.U.C.’s General Assembly consists of 18 members elected by affiliated trade union organisations as follows:
- 2 members from CGIL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- 2 members from the Regional Trade Union CISL of Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- 2 members from the Regional Union UIL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- 1 member from CGIL Veneto;
- 1 member from the Regional Trade Union CISL of Veneto;
- 1 member from the Regional Union UIL Veneto;
- 9 members from the UATUC’s Office of the County of Istria and UATUC’s Office of Primorje Gorski Kotar County.
Members of the General Assembly are appointed by their parent organisations, which are competent to appoint from within their scope another alternate for each full member. The term of office of the members of the General Assembly shall be two years. The office of member of the General Assembly may be renewed without time limitations. General Assembly shall be deemed validly constituted when a simple majority of its members are present and decisions are made unanimously.
Any full member of the General Assembly may be represented by another member from another IR.T.U.C. affiliated organisation, with a written power of attorney, provided that the organisation belongs to the same state.
Decisions on the Articles of Association and other amendments thereto, including subsequent extensions and membership in IR.T.U.C., shall be taken unanimously, provided that all IR.T.U.C. member organisations are represented and in the presence of a simple majority of the members of the General Assembly. The Presidency Office shall be responsible for the execution of the decisions in question.
The General Assembly shall convene regularly at least once a year to adopt the statement of cash flows, to determine the amounts in euros of any annual membership fee, to assess the work done, and to instruct the executive bodies on guidelines for future work. The General Assembly shall be convened by the Presidency Office, when the need arises, as well as if so requested by representatives of at least one member organisation.
The assembly unanimously decides on the membership of new organisations and the amount of any annual membership fee. The exclusion of a registered organisation is due to debt, termination of activity, or acts contrary to the articles of association. The annual membership fee is not transferable and not subject to reassessment.
At the proposal of the member organisations, the General Assembly shall appoint the members of the Presidency Office and – among them – the President of IR.T.U.C.
Article 4. Presidency Office
The Presidency Office consists of 8 representatives elected from affiliated trade union organisations divided as follows:
- 1 member from CGIL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- 1 member from the Regional Trade Union CISL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- 1 member from the Regional Union UIL Friuli Venezia Giulia;
- alternatively, 1 member from CGIL Veneto, or from the Regional Trade Union CISL Veneto, or from the Regional Union UIL Veneto;
- 4 UATUC members from the UATUC territorial offices of the County of Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
The General Assembly shall appoint the members of the Presidency Office at the proposal of the member organisations and their term of office shall be two years. The terms of office – including the term of office of a member from the trade union organisations of the Veneto Region which is also subject to rotation – may be renewed without time limitations.
The Presidency Office is the executive body of IR.T.U.C. and it is chaired by the President assisted by a Vice-President.
The Presidency Office shall appoint a Vice-President from among its members. The Deputy President must be a member of an IR.T.U.C. affiliated trade union organisation of a different nationality than the President one.
Meetings of the Presidency Office shall be convened by the President whenever he/she considers it necessary to ensure the regular performance of the work within the life of the association. Nevertheless, meetings of the Presidency Office may also be convened at the request of half plus one of the members or at the request of all members of trade union organisations of Italy or Croatia.
Meetings of the Presidency Office shall be valid if a simple majority of its members are present. Presidency Office decides unanimously on the administrative management and on projects and initiatives implementation.
However, decisions relating to the procedures which regulate access, expenditure and reporting on funding provided by regions and counties to IR.T.U.C. affiliated trade union organisations from these particular regions and counties, are exclusive competence of those organisations to which the funds are earmarked, after the other member organisations have delivered their opinions. Such decisions shall be taken within specific items of the agenda at meetings of the Presidency Office, where voting rights are reserved exclusively to members from interested trade union organisations.
Article 5. President
The President shall be nominated from among the members of the General Assembly of affiliated trade union organisations and appointed by the General Assembly, respecting the procedure adopted by the E.T.U.C. His/her term of office shall be two years and he/she may be reappointed without time limits.
The President shall chair the Presidency Office and legally represent the Association and has the power to sign. The President has the power to perform all acts that fall under the general scope of the Association and has the authority, just with his/her signature, to enter into legal transactions, request loans in banks and credit institutions, collect monies of any kind either owed or granted, issue letters of discharge. He/she may issue a power of attorney for certain acts or categories of acts.
In the event of absence or impediment, the President may delegate his/her signature authority to the Vice-President.
Article 6. Assets
The assets of IR.T.U.C. consist of:
- movable and immovable property bought by the Association;
- any reserve funds resulting from operating surplus;
- any donations and contributions intended to increase assets.
Article 7. Cooperation
In performing its institutional activities, IR.T.U.C. can use logistical support and equipment of individual member organisations and pay for the resulting costs.
Article 8. Funding
The activities of IR.T.U.C. are financed by contributions from member organisations, as well as public and private contributions.
Any distribution, even indirect, of profits, operating surplus, funds, reserves or capital during the life of the Association is prohibited, unless their allocation or distribution is imposed by law.
Article 9. Dissolution
The General Assembly shall decide to dissolve IR.T.U.C. in the same manner provided for in the statutory amendments.
In case of dissolution, the remaining financial and property resources of IR.T.U.C. will be donated to another association with similar objectives or for public good purposes, unless otherwise provided by law.