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    Decided at the conference, 11 July 1990. Amended 4 July 2000 and 8 September 2002.

    Statute 1: Name and Mission

    The European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES) is a non-governmental organization, devoted to promoting co-operation among societies and institutions in Europe concerned with Middle Eastern studies in the broadest sense.

    Statute 2: Qualifications

    The Associations pursues its aims without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sex, nationality or political philosophy.

    Statute 3: Activities

    The Association shall further its aims, for example by encouraging the convening of conferences, promoting staff and student exchanges, and collaborative research among Middle Eastern studies researchers in different European countries; publishing and circulating a Newsletter and directories of European Middle Eastern studies, listing individual and institutional teaching and research interest, etc; establishing a comprehensive data base of Middle Eastern studies and resources throughout Europe; initiating cooperative projects, within an all-European framework, aimed at strengthening Middle Eastern studies in Europe, and encouraging the formation of national associations for Middle Eastern studies in European countries.

    Statute 4: Membership

    Membership of the Association can be held by societies and associations, not by individual researchers or individual institutions.

    Applications for membership are made to the Council, and acceptation will be at the discretion of Council.

    Statute 5: Structure

    The Association has the following institutions:

    1. Council, the governing body of the Association consists of two delegates nominated by each member society, with a maximum of three for each country, and two nominated from each trans-national association.

    Council may invite two observers from those countries where no national society or association currently exist. Delegates and observers may be substituted in the event that the nominated delegates and observers cannot attend Council meetings.

    Council meets at least once a year. Meetings must be called at least one month in advance.

    Decisions are taken by majority vote among the delegates. Council may form committees to take responsibility for particular projects or undertakings. Council is responsible for determining the composition of those committees. Members of such committees may be drawn from outside Council.

    Council is chaired by the President or the Vice-President who are elected by Council for a two-year term.

    2. The Secretariat. Council designates the country of location of the Secretariat and nominates a Secretary. The Secretariat normally remains in one location for a three-year period, rotating among the European countries.

    The Secretariat is responsible for dealing with matters which arise between Council meetings, and is under the overall direction of the President and Vice-President of Council.

    The Secretary is, ex-officio, a full member of Council.

    3. A Treasurer will be appointed by Council to be responsible for a three year term for accounting for the Association's income and expenses, and advising Council on financial policy and fund-raising

    Statute 6: Language.

    The Association's proceedings are conducted in English, French or German.

    Statute 7: Amendments to Statutes.

    Council has the authority to amend the statues, provided that at least two months' notice be given to all member societies or associations of the intention to introduce and amendment.

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