CHAPTER I - CONSTITUTION, TITLE, HEADQUARTERS, AIMS, CONTEXT
Article 1 - Constitution and Title
Article 2 - Headquarters
Article 3 - Regional Offices
Article 4 - Aims and Context
Article 5 - Purpose
Article 6 - Autonomy
CHAPTER II - MEMBERS
Article7 - Acquisition of Member Quality
Article 8 - Member Categories
Article 9 - Admission of Effective members, Adherents, Students or Correspondents
Article 10 - Member Duties
Article 11 - Effective Member Duties
Article 12 - Rights of all Members
Article 13 - Rights of Effective Members
Article14 - Loss of Member Quality
CHAPTER III - THE TECNICELPA BODY
Article 15 - Designation of the TECNICELPA Body
CHAPTER IV - THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Article 16 - Constitution
Article 17 - Meetings
Article18 - Convocation
Article 19 - Actions
Article 20 - Competences
CHAPTER V - THE DIRECTIVE COUNCIL
Article 21 - Structure
Article 22 - Competences
Article 23 - Representation of the Association
CHAPTER VI - THE COUNCIL OF AUDITORS
Article 24 - Structure
Article 25 - Competences
VII - THE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL
Article 26 - Structure
Article 27 - Competences
VIII - THE GENERAL-SECRETARY
Article 28 - The Presence of the General-Secretary
Article 29 - Competences
CHAPTER IX - TECNICELPA PATRIMONY
Article 30 - Revenue
CHAPTER X - GENERAL AND TRANSITORY CONDITIONS
Article 31 - Courts of Justice
Article 32 - Revision of Regulations
Article 33 - Dissolution
Article 34 - Liquidation of Patrimony in the case of Dissolution
CONSTITUTION, TITLE, HEADQUARTERS, AIMS, CONTEXT
1 Constitution and Title
Under lawful terms, of the Law and the regulations present, an association named
as The Portuguese Association for Technicians of the Pulp and Paper Industry,
abbreviated as TECNICELPA, of private rights with non-profit means is established
for an indefinite period.
1. The TECNICELPA Headquarters is located at Rua Amorim Rosa, n. º 38,
1. º Dt.º, Santa Maria do Olival, town and council of Tomar, and authorised
to open regional offices in other locations of the country.
2. Upon decision
of the General Assembly, on request from the Directive Council, after an obligatory
hearing from the Consultative Council, the Headquarters may be transferred to
another location. Members should be notified of these changes within fifteen
3 Regional Offices
Upon decision of the Directive Council, TECNICELPA can create regional offices
when necessary, for the continuation of its purpose.
4 Aims and Context
TECNICELPA was set up with the aim to develop and promote the technical-professional
and scientific knowledge of its members within the context of the pulp and paper
industry, as well as in other related sectors.
For this, the following is to be accomplished:
a) Establish and encourage contacts and the exchange of knowledge between members.
b) Promote visits, meetings, conferences, courses, seminars, and other similar
c) Disclose technical information.
d) Arrange contacts with other similar national and international organisations.
e) Provide technical-professional support to those members who commence their
activities within the context of the Association.
f) Participate in international demonstrations that hold an interest for the
sectors represented within the Association.
g) Participate in Associations, commissions or events, with technical schools
and/or institutions of higher education, with the aim of providing members with
updated technical-professional and scientific knowledge and know-how.
Under its direction
TECNICELPA maintains complete autonomy in relation to the companies that their
individual members belong to.
7 Acquisition of Member Quality
Individuals or groups who practice their profession within the pulp and paper
industry, in related or complementary activities or others that provide their
services to these sectors, can become members of TECNICELPA.
8 Member Categories
1. The number of members, within the following categories, is unlimited:
a) Honorary members;
b) Effective members;
2. Honorary members
are those individuals or group members that the General Assembly, on request
of the Directive Council, has recognised for their contribution of relevant
and useful services, either to the pulp and paper industry or to TECNICELPA.
3. Effective members
are all those individuals or group members that practice their profession within
the pulp and paper industry, or other related activities, and that through such
have been admitted. The individual effective members are those members that
carry out a profession equivalent to management level, such as shift manager,
or any other similar technical role, in any operational area of their work.
Adherent members are all those members that, despite not belonging to the sectors
of activity incorporated within the context of TECNICELPA, have an interest
in these, either due to their technical or curricular preparation, or to the
practice of their profession in the industry, commerce or services they provide.
5. Student members
are those members attending a higher education or pos-graduation course, excluding
a doctorate, directly related to the pulp and paper industry, with the ability
to annually obtain confirmation of attendance.
members are those individual or group members that outside the national territory
carry out their professions as related to the 3rd paragraph under this article,
and that have been admitted under the terms of the following articles.
9 Admission of Effective Members, Adherents, Students or Correspondents
The admission of effective members, adherents, students or correspondents is
under the competence of the Directive Council, following a request from an honorary
or effective member.
10 Member Duties
All members have the duty to:
a) Recognise and fulfil the regulations.
b) Contribute to maintain and develop the assembly spirit of all the TECNICELPA
c) Pay the admission fee and annual standard or exceptional fees established
by the General Assembly, up until the first trimester of every respective year.
11 Effective Member Duties
Effective members, apart from having the duty to carry out that which is established
under article 10, also have the duty to carry out the social roles to which
they have been elected under the terms of this regulation.
12 Rights of All Members
All members have the right to:
a) Participate in all the activities initiated by TECNICELPA, under terms to
be regulated by the Directive Council.
b) Receive TECNICELPA publications, under terms to be regulated by the Directive
c) Consult and use research, documents and publications that are a part of the
TECNICELPA archives, under terms to be regulated by the Directive Council.
d) Bring forward ideas to promote TECNICELPA.
13 Rights of Effective Members
1. Apart from the rights described in article 12, the effective members also
have the following rights:
a) To elect and be elected for a social post.
b) Participate in the activities and conferences of the General Assembly.
2. As a result
of that which is under article 6 of these regulations, the effective members
that belong to groups cannot be elected for a social post.
14 Lose of Member Quality
1. The quality of a member is lost under the decision of the Directive Council
a) Members request such in written.
b) Members stop paying their fees and do not pay them off within the term agreed
and passed on in writing by the Directive Council.
c) Members stop carrying out their duties stated within the regulations, or
harm in any other way the interests of TECNICELPA.
The members that are engaged in any of the faults foreseen in paragraph c) of
the previous number will be subjected to a disciplinary process especially organised
for these situations, with the right to decide to either be temporarily suspended
or lose their member quality, should a guilty offence be verified.
3. In the presence
of an unfavourable decision before the member, the member has a duty to appeal
to the General Assembly of which the effect will be devolution.
THE TECNICELPA BODY
15 Designation of the TECNICELPA Body
The General Assembly, Directive Council, Council of Auditors and Consultative
Council are obligatory components of TECNICELPA.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1. The General Assembly is made up of all the effective members, within their
2. The board is formed by a President, a Vice-President and two Secretaries,
elected for a two-year period.
1. The General Assembly gathers for an annual session up until the last working
day of the month of March, to estimate and vote the Plan of Activities and Budget
for the following year, the Report and Accounts of the last year's business
practise, as well as to also hear the opinion of the Council of Auditors.
2. The General
Assembly gathers whenever the Directive Council, the Council of Auditors, or
10% of the effective members, with reason based on the working agenda, request
a meeting in writing to the Board President. In the case of members calling
for a General Meeting, this may only be formed if a majority of the applicants
1. A General Meeting is called for by the Board President, or in the case of
absence, by a substitute.
2. A formal announcement
to each of the effective members will be made via a postal notification, within
a minimum of fifteen consecutive days counting from the third working day following
the postal warning; the warning will include the day, hour and place of the
meeting and details of the relevant agenda.
1. During the first reunion the Assembly cannot make decisions unless at least
half of the effective members are present; during the second reunion, the Assembly
that takes place one hour after the first can make decisions regardless of the
number of people present.
2. To vote by proxy is authorised, so long as the signature is confirmed by
the Assembly Board as similar to that which is on the member's application form.
It is the duty of the General Assembly to:
a) Elect and dismiss the Board, the Directive Council and the Council of Auditors.
b) Establish and change, under the request of the Directive Council, the sum
of both the admission and annual fees.
c) To approve lines of action and the annual programme of the Directive Council.
d) To annually approve the report and accounts of the Directive Council and
the judgments made by the Council of Auditors regarding the previous year and
the budget for the following year.
e) Come to a decision over any changes made to the regulations.
f) Estimate and reach an agreement about the resources presented in the decisions
of the Directive Council.
THE DIRECTIVE COUNCIL
1. The Directive Council is arranged by an uneven number of members, the minimum
being five. The first of the winning list is elected as president.
2. The members
of the Directive Council are elected for a period of two years and will distribute
amongst themselves the roles of Vice-President and Treasurer, the Vice-President's
may be under a single or plural administration.
It is the duty of the Directive Council to:
a) Manage the Association in accordance with the regulations and carry out the
decisions of the General Assembly.
b) Organise and supervise the services of TECNICELPA.
c) Propose to the General Assembly the sum of both the admission and annual
fees to be paid by the members.
d) Create the regional offices foreseen in article 3.
e) Promote and elaborate the internal regulations of TECNICELPA.
f) Admit effective members, adherents, students and correspondents.
g) Propose the admission of honorary members.
h) Propose the admission or exclusion of members, following a decision reached
in the disciplinary process established for this purpose.
i) Annually elaborate and present the report and management accounts to the
General Assembly, as well as the general plan of activities for the following
j) Manage the interests and funds of TECNICELPA.
k) Call upon the President of the General Assembly to formally hold exceptional
meetings whenever these are considered to be convenient.
l) Practise disciplinary rules.
m) Create and abolish the post of the Secretary-General, and also appoint and
remove the holder of this office from their post.
23 Representation of the Association
1. TECNICELPA is represented through judgement and when this is not the case
by the President of the Directive Council. In the absence of the President,
the Directive Council will appoint a substitute from within its members.
2. TECNICELPA compels
itself to the signature of at least two members of the Directive Council, one
being the President's, or a substitute's in the case of the President's absence.
3. For the request
of a mandate or the assignment of administrative authority, the President of
the Directive Council, whether effective or in practice, can appoint a representative
with relevant influence.
THE COUNCIL OF AUDITORS
The Council of Auditors consists of three members; the President, Secretary
and Reporter, elected for a period of two years.
It is the duty of the Council of Auditors to:
a) Examine the TECNICELPA books.
b) Elaborate judgement upon the reports and accounts of the Directive Council.
c) Control the legitimacy of TECNICELPA´s financial operations.
d) Participate in the meetings of the Directive Council whenever convenient
and give an opinion on any subject this Body may present them with.
THE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL
1. The Consultative Council consists of:
a) Members chosen by the Directive Council, recognised for their experience
or performance of high merit in aspects related to the interests of the Association.
b) The first four founder members, subscribers of the TECNICELPA Constituent
Assembly, and the ex-Presidents of the Directive Council.
2. From within
its members, the Consultative Council will appoint a President, a Vice-President
and a Secretary.
3. Those members
appointed by the Consultative Council, in accordance with paragraph 1.a) cease
their duties within the mandate terms appointed by the Directive Council.
It is the duty of the Consultative Council to make judgements upon programmes
presented to them by the Directive Council.
28 The Presence of the General-Secretary
1. The role of the General-Secretary is a non-compulsory presence, whose structure
depends upon the deliberation of the Directive Council.
2. The record of
proceedings of the Directive Council meeting, which creates or abolishes the
role of the General-Secretary or which nominates or removes the holder of this
office from their post, will mention the reason for such a decision.
3. The General-Secretary
may be paid for his/her services in regime of the services provided, through
a sum proposed by the Directive Council, yet never acquiring the statute of
4. The mandate of the General-Secretary terminates at the same time as that
of the Directive Council, or at any other moment upon decision of this Council.
The following are competences of the General-Secretary:
a) Represent the Directive Council whenever requested.
b) Prepare documents and suggestions for the Directive Council to discuss.
c) To be acquainted with members, participants, official entities, institutions
and partner associations and all other people and entities, in the context of
its specific competences or those appointed by the Directive Council.
d) To officially communicate and decide upon general business matters, immediately
communicating these to the Directive Council in the next meeting.
e) Any other competences of interest to the Directive Council, which they intend
to hand over for reasons of service efficiency.
The following constitute the TECNICELPA revenue:
a) Fees paid by members.
b) Grants, inheritances, legacies, or donations that are given.
c) Income from the sales of publications issued or distributed by the Association.
d) The payment of any services provided by the Association.
e) Income resulting from the organisation of Congresses, Technical Seminars
or any other events that the Directive Council intends to carry out.
GENERAL AND TRANSITORY CONDITIONS
31 Courts of Justice
TECNICELPA is subjected to the Portuguese law and courts. The court of justice
in the district of Tomar being the only one capable of making decisions based
upon any questions that may arise concerning the social acts of the Association.
32 Revision of Regulations
The revision of the Regulations is of exclusive competence to the General Assembly,
requiring a favourable vote from at least three quarters of the effective members
present at the General Meeting.
1. It is of exclusive competence to the General Assembly, during an exceptional
session to which they have been formally called upon for the discussion of the
liquidation and dissolution of TECNICELPA, to nominate liquidators and establish
the procedure to be taken under the regulations established.
2. In order to accomplish the previous number, the General Assembly may only
reach a decision with a favourable vote from at least three quarters of all
the effective members.
34 Liquidation of Patrimony in case of Dissolution
In the case of the dissolution and liquidation of TECNICELPA, with the existence
of patrimony to be liquidated, this will fall back in favour of the effective
members, in proportion to the fees paid.