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1. Details  


1.1 The Irish Minifootball Association is a recognised official governing body for Mini Football in Ireland.

1.2 The term “Minifootball” encompasses all competitive Football matches in Ireland referred to as small sided soccer, small sided football, eight a side, seven a side, six a side, five a side or four a side football or soccer.

1.3 The Irish Minifootball Association registered address is Office 29, Clifton House, Fitzwiliam Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
1.4 Irish Minifootball Association was created by founder members associations, federations acting as legal entities and was created in accordance with the laws and customs of Ireland. They have agreed to abide by the articles of these statutes. These articles have been signed by representatives of Irish Minifootball Association.

1.5 Irish Minifootball Association is hereafter in this statute referred to as “IMA.”

1.6 “Organiser” means any person, corporate or otherwise, organising mini football matches competitively.

1.7. Irish Sports Council is hereafter in this statute referred to as “ISC.”


2. Aims and Objectives  


2.1 IMA aim is to promote, supervise and control all Minifootball in Ireland and to ensure that all providers of Minifootball leagues in Ireland are properly affiliated to the IMA.

2.2 IMA aims to ensure that all Minifootball leagues in Ireland are properly regulated, comply to the correct rules, have the correct insurance and use the highest possible standards of fair play, disciplinary procedures and social interaction as required by the Governing Body.

2.3 IMA primary social objective is to ensure the increased participation of Minifootball in Ireland and to regulate the activities of all Minifootball providers to ensure the highest possible standard. IMA also seeks to actively promote the inclusion and increased participation of minority participants in small sided football with a particular emphasis on disabled, ethnic, minority or women’s groups.

2.4 IMA aims to ensure that the standards applied to the coaching of young persons or children in small sided soccer are properly regulated.


3. International Responsibilities  


3.1 IMA is recognised by the European Minifootball Federation (EMF) as the sole Governing Body of Minifootball in Ireland and as such has responsibility for the organisation and representation of national teams representing Ireland in International, either European or World, tournaments as arranged by the European Minifootball Federation.

3.2 IMA shall, unless otherwise agreed by the Executive of IMA at an extraordinary general meeting, allow the highest placed team in the Ireland 6 a Side Championships, formerly known as the All Ireland National Tournament, to represent Ireland in international competitions, as deemed appropriate.

3.3 IMA shall provide all funds to facilitate the representation of those international teams in European competitions at all times and shall facilitate team and player contracts as necessary to ensure the appropriate standards are observed in international competitions. IMA shall organise, on an annual basis, a national six a side or Mini Football Championships and shall make that tournament freely accessible to any participating teams from any part of Ireland, without discrimination.


4. Objectives  


4.1 The Objectives of the IMA shall be to:

a) To promote the practice of Minifootball in Ireland by educating and training referees and coaches, support of teams, support for Minifootball for disabled people or by raising funds, and to control the organisation of competitions in Ireland both for the national team and club teams only for amateur players;

b) Archive and make public the results of all competitions taking place in its territory;

c) Represent the interests of its members before the authorities, the other sport federations, the media and the public on the Ireland level;

d) Organise, promote and conduct at the European and national level competition activities, tournaments, championships and cups for all sport categories;

e) Establish rules for practising and organising the sport activities within IMA;

f) Identify, promote and consolidate procedures, practices and methods for development of Minifootball in Ireland;

g) Represent to all international institutions and liaise with other organisations sharing similar aims and objectives;

h) Assist its members in strengthening their capacity and building and their position at the national level;

i) Undertake in close co-operation with the national organisers, and respecting their prerogatives, any activity of common interest likely to encourage the development of Minifootball at all levels and in all parts of the Ireland;

j) Support the establishment and the activity of the Minifootball organisers, and respecting their prerogatives, any activity of common interest likely to encourage the development of Minifootball at all levels and in all parts of the Ireland;

k) Support the establishment and the activity of the Minifootball organisers in the Ireland with a view to promote Minifootball at the local, national, European and international level;

l) Promote Minifootball as a tool for health-enhancing physical activity, development, equal opportunities education, training, social inclusion and integration through sport and combating discrimination in sport;

m) Encourage adult Minifootball participation in female, disabled and BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups;

n) Contribute to the development of the Ireland in grass roots sport, based on it’s social, health and community benefits, by promoting fairness and openness in sporting competitions and by protecting physical and moral integrity;

o) Promote dialogue and exchange of best practices in the existing cooperation framework, as regards racism and xenophobia;

p) Develop specific services for its members, and provide them with the assistance, training and support;

q) Encourage young people volunteering in sport;

r) Ensure the reintegration of professional athletes into the labour market at the end of their sporting careers;

s) Establish quality criteria for sport facilities;

t) Develop cooperative partnerships at the international and national Level;

u) Fight against raising performance levels through the administration of forbidden substances such as doping, any kind of corruption, bribery or undue influence, including receiving, offering or accepting any kind of undue advantages or gifts, shall be subject to sanctions pursuant to the IMA regulations;

v) Improve efficiency and effectiveness of the functioning of the national and European institutions in sport field;

w) Establish rules for practising and organising the sport activities;

x) IMA shall seek to achieve it’s objectives by implementing any measure it deems appropriate, such as setting down rules, agreements , programmes or conventions.

y) The objects of IMA shall be pursued without political, religious or racial considerations. IMA shall act against any form of discrimination or violence in sport;

z) IMA shall not act for its own gains and shall not primarily pursue economic goals of its own. The resources of EMF may only be used for the purposes which are in accordance with these By-Laws;

aa) Other objects may be defined by the Executive of IMA.


5. Members  


5.1 Membership of IMA shall be open to all Minifootball providers in Ireland, reserving the right to charge additional fees for added services, IMA shall make membership free to join for all Minifootball organisers in Ireland as long as IMA are satisfied that the objectives as outlined in these statutes are fully complied with by each member organiser.

5.2 Admission and exclusion of members shall be decided by the executive of IMA.

5.3 Members shall, at the request of IMA, provide IMA, within three months of any such request, either the statutes, incorporated information, accountants’ letter or other such documentation to satisfy IMA of the legitimate and bonafide status of the member.

5.4 Members of IMA shall receive voting rights as decided by the executive of IMA and these voting rights will be subject to the major decisions of IMA as decided by the executive of the IMA from time to time.

5.5 Members shall recognise the IMA statutes and regulations as well as decisions reached by its bodies. They shall pass this obligation on to their members and require their members to pass it on in turn.

5.6 Members that fail to meet their obligations in spite of written admonition may be suspended by the Executive Committee.

5.7 Membership shall end by dissolution, withdrawal or exclusion of the organiser. Withdrawals can be made only at the end of a year upon 6 months advance notification.

5.8 A member whose membership has been terminated as above, shall have no claim on the assets of IMA.

5.9 Members shall have the following obligations:

a) To comply at any time unreservedly with any statutes and regulations as well as directives and decisions reached by IMA and its bodies. They shall pass this obligation on to their members and require their members (leagues, clubs, players and officials) to pass it on in turn;

b) To respect the Laws of the Game as decided by IMA;

c) To pay for financial obligations according to the commitments they have assumed;

d) Ensure that all teams within the remit of that member are aware of the Irish Six a Side Championships and how to enter appropriately;

e) To answer to requests of the Executive of the IMA within specific deadlines set;

f) To allow the special commissions appointed by IMA to check the activity of any member at any time;

Members that fail to meet their obligations in spite of written admonitions may be suspended by the Executive of IMA.

5.10 Exploitation of rights

a) The executive of IMA are the original owners of all the rights emanating from competitions and other events coming under their respective jurisdiction, without any restrictions as to content, time, place and law. These rights include, among others, every kind of financial rights, audiovisual and radio recording, reproduction and broadcasting rights, multimedia rights market and promotional rights and incorporeal rights such as emblems and rights arising under copyright law;

b) The Executive of IMA shall issue regulations governing the implementation of these rights.


6. Child Protection  


As the organisation recognised by the European Minifootball Federation as being responsible for the administration of our sport, we are responsible for overseeing the adoption and the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Good Practise for Children's Sport, by our members. To maximise compliance with the Code, as set out in Section 2.6) of the Code of Ethics and Good Practise for Children's Sport, we shall:

6.1 ensure that the Code of Ethics and Good Practise for Children's Sport is adopted, agreed to, implemented and signed up to by all members.

6.2 amend as necessary, its Constitution to reflect a safe and clearly defined method of recruiting, selecting and managing.

6.3 appoint a National Children's Officer/Designated Person. S/he should be a member of the Executive Committee.

6.4 ensure the effective disciplinary, complaints and appeals procedure are in place.

6.5 have in place procedures for dealing with a concern or complaint made to the Statuary Authorities against a committee member or a Sports Leader. Regulations should stipulate that a Sports Leader who is the subject of an allegation, which has been reported to the Statuary Authorities, should stand aside while the matter is being examined. S/he should be invited to resume full duties when and if appropriate internal disciplinary procedures are completed.

6.6 ensure that all sports clubs with child members are fully affiliated and signed up to the Governing Body's constitution.

6.7 be represented by appropriate personnel at all education/training workshops dealing with the Code.

6.8 where children are involved in representational teams, designate an appropriate senior officer in the Governing Body as the person with the responsibility for following the guidelines of the Code.

6.9 review its child protection procedures regularly through open discussion with its members, Sports Council and Statutory Authorities.

6.10 promote contact with representatives of the Statutory Authorities. The building of these relationships will contribute to the creation of an environment in which education and knowledge of child protection issues and procedures are widely known.

6.11 examine and take appropriate action in response to any reports or observations of unusual incidents (high rate of transfers, dropouts) received from clubs.


7. Anti-Doping in Minifootball  


As the organisation recognised by the European Minifootball Federation as being responsible for the administration of the sport in Ireland, the IMA shall recognise and fully endorse the ISC Policy against doping in Sport and the ISC Anti-Doping rules. To maximise compliance with the ISC Policy against doping in Sport and the ISC Anti-Doping rules, we shall:

7.1 appoint an Anti-Doping Officer to be the primary liaison between the ISC Anti-Doping Unit and the IMA.

7.2 ensure that all members receive anti-doping educational materials created by the ISC, including the Wallet Card and the Irish Anti-Doping Rules.

7.3 facilitate workshops and educational initiatives for the selected Irish 6-a-side team and their support staff.

7.4 create awareness of the ISC anti-doping regulations via the use of the social media tools available to the IMA.

7.5 be represented by appropriate personnel at information meetings and workshops organised by the ISC.

7.6 maintain and publish any changes of regulations to Anti-Doping within the Sport, and all relevant information concerning the ISC Anti-Doping Unit, on the IMA website.

7.7 order and distribute to members any relevant educational materials developed by the ISC.

7.8 develop an anti-doping educational policy in conjunction with the ISC.

7.9 ensure that all relevant athletes and their support personnel are aware of the ISC Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) policy, and the relevant European Minifootball Federation and World Minifootball Federation TUE Policy.

7.10 provide the national calendar via the Clearing House to the ISC highlighting national events of a level suitable for testing of professional athletes.

7.11 notify the ISC of any national Minifootball event held in Ireland for professional athletes that may require Anti-Doping testing.


8. Equity and Access  


As the Governing Body for Minifootball in Ireland, the IMA recognises the need for equity and access for all individuals as athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and leaders in the Sport. In order to maximise the IMA's commitment to ensuring equity and fair access, we shall:

8.1 respect the rights of all individuals involved in the playing, development and administration of minifootball regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, and/or social or economic status.

8.2 ensure that female athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials and leaders in minifootball will be fairly represented in national competitions and leagues (where possible in regards to current membership levels and EMF policy).

8.3 ensure that access for disabled minifootball players is provided in national competitions and leagues (where feasible).

8.4 encourage the application of female, disabled and minority groups to apply for any available position in the sport, including that of a coach, athlete, official, volunteer and sports leader.

8.5 investigate all reported cases of harassment, and/or discrimination in minifootball and deal with these cases according to the IMA disciplinary procedure.

8.6 provide our members with educational materials on equity and access, where necessary, to promote inclusion and equality in minifootball leagues.


9. Discipline of Members and Officials  


As the governing body for Minifootball in Ireland, recognised by the European Minifootball Federation, the IMA shall undertake a formal disciplinary policy for members and officials. This disciplinary policy shall be applicable to all members of the Irish National 6-a-side team, their support staff, senior and visiting officials of the IMA, affiliated members with a seat on the Executive Board of the IMA, and all members who have subscribed to the IMA statute.

9.1 IMA Policy concerning the discipline of members and officials in relation to harassment and discrimination against a member or official of the IMA and/or the European Minifootball Association

a) The IMA will directly investigate all cases involved concerning IMA officials, the Executive Board, and the Irish National 6-a-side Team who are accused of harassment and discrimination. If warranted, these parties will be redirected to the Equality Authority of the Republic of Ireland, for further discussion and investigation;

b) In the case of an IMA official being found guilty by law of harassment and discrimination against a member or player affiliated to the IMA, then the IMA will take appropriate action to discipline the official, including but not limited to a restriction of attendance during IMA events, direct contact with the accusatory member, and termination of employment dependent on the nature of their contract with their parent organisation at the discretion of the IMA Executive;

c) In the case of a member of the Irish National 6-a-side Team being found guilty by law of harassment and discrimination during a local, national or international IMA event, or that of an Silver Affiliate, the said member may be restricted from participating in further IMA events, of the year in which s/he was found guilty. All decisions in the case of the future participation within IMA events of a member of the Irish National 6-a-side Team found guilty in law of harassment and discrimination will be made at the discretion of the IMA Executive.

9.2 IMA Policy concerning the discipline of professional athletes who are found to have breached the ISC Policy against doping in Sport and the ISC Anti-Doping Rules

a) The IMA will follow the direction of the ISC Anti-Doping Unit, concerning the appropriate discipline of any professional minifootball athlete, of an appropriate level, who is found in the Law of the Republic of Ireland to be guilty of illegal doping in minifootball competitions of an appropriate level;

b) The IMA will follow the direction of the ISC Anti-Doping Unit, concerning the appropriate discipline of any professional Minifootball athlete, of an appropriate level, who is found in breach of the ISC TUC Policy and/or the European Minifootball Federation and/or the World Minifootball Federation TUC Policy.

9.3 IMA Policy concerning the discipline of officials of the IMA, members, and members of the Irish National 6-a-side Team who are found to have breached the child protection policy of the IMA

a) The IMA will work in conjunction with the relevant Statutory Authorities in the case of a concern or complaint being made to the Statutory Authorities against a committee member or Sports Leader;

b) During an investigation, the accused Sports Leader or Committee Member should stand aside whilst the matter is being examined;

c) If the Sports Leader or Committee Member is to be found guilty of a breach of the Child Protection Policy of the ISC then they will be removed from their position, for a period of time at the discretion of the IMA Executive and the Statutory Authorities, and prevented from working with children in the future as a member of the IMA.

9.4 IMA Policy concerning the discipline of minifootball teams and players, who are registered in Minifootball Leagues, managed by the members of the IMA

a) The IMA will provide administration of disciplinary fines, for all Silver and Gold affiliated members of the IMA;

b) The IMA will encourage good discipline throughout Minifootball in Ireland;

c) In the case of an Irish National 6-a-side team player being issued a disciplinary offence by a Silver or Gold Affiliated member of the IMA, the IMA will pursue payment of the disciplinary offence against the player and/or the Team Captain of that said player’s disciplined team. The future participation of the disciplined Irish National 6-a-side team player will be handled at the discretion of the IMA executive.


10. Administration of IMA   


10.1 IMA shall act and have power through the organ of the executive of IMA subject to the voting rights granted to the members of IMA from time to time which the IMA Executive has a statutory duty to abide by at all times.

10.2 The General Assembly is the meeting attended by all the members of IMA, with one delegate per affiliated national organiser, with the right to vote.

10.3 The General Assembly of IMA shall hold sovereign powers within the limits of it’s responsibilities in accordance with the provisions of these Bye-Laws.

10.4 Only a General Assembly regularly convened has the authority to exercise its powers.

10.5 The General Assembly may be Ordinary or Extraordinary.

10.6 Powers of the General Assembly

a) Adopts or amends the Statutes, regulations and directives of IMA;

b) Admits, suspends, or expels a Member;

c) Approves the minutes of the last meeting;

d) Approves the budgets, financial statement and activity report;

e) Elects the President and the members of the Executive Committee;

f) Receipt and consideration of the Presidents and Executive Committee’s report;

g) Consideration of proposals for the dismissal of a member of the Executive Committee;

h) Grants the title of honorary membership of IMA;

i) Declares the dissolution of IMA;

j) Exercises any other competence specifically attributed to it by the statutes, regulations and directives of IMA.

10.7 Sessions

a) The General Assembly shall hold ordinary sessions once a year, in principle, during the month of September. It shall fix the place of its ordinary sessions at the very latest during the prior session;

b) The member federations shall be informed of the agenda at least 14 days before the due date of the ordinary session of the General Assembly;

c) At the written request of at least two-thirds of member organiser with voting right demands it in writing stating the reasons or at the proposal of the Executive Committee, an Extraordinary session of the General Assembly shall be convened to take place no earlier than 45 days and no later than 60 days after the request. In such cases, the Chairman shall decide the location of such Extraordinary session;

d) the member organiser shall be informed of the agenda at least 30 days before the date of the Extraordinary session of the General Assembly.

10.8 Procedures

a) The Chairman of the IMA shall Chair the General Assembly;

b) In the absence of the Chairman the Vice-Chairman shall replace him and Chair the General Assembly with all the powers and responsibilities of the Chairman;

c) All members have one vote. In the event of a tie in any vote, the Chairman of the General Assembly shall have a casting vote;

d) Motions submitted past the deadline or in the course of the General Assembly may only be dealt with at the discretion of a majority of two-thirds of the members present at the General Assembly concerned. The Chairman may require that any motions and proposed amendments submitted during the General Assembly be presented in writing to be admitted for consideration. Statue amendments, changes to the head-quarters site or dissolution of IMA may not be subject of such motions;

e) Each member shall have one vote. It may delegate a maximum of three representatives including members of Executive Committee (if they are represented in that organ) to the General Assembly. Delegates names shall be communicated to IMA in writing with the registration and delegates must be able to prove their identity. For an Extraordinary General Assembly, the Executive Committee may reduce their number.

10.9 Quorum

a) The quorum for general business of the General Assembly shall be 50% (fifty per cent) of the members presenting and having voting rights;

b) The quorum for business entailing changes of these statutes or the dissolution of IMA shall be two thirds of the member’s presenting and having voting rights;

c) Absent the quorum, a second General Assembly shall be held 24 hours after the first was due to convene, with the same agenda. In that second General Assembly no quorum is required, unless an item on the agenda proposes the amendment of the IMA statutes, the election of the Chairman, the expulsion of a member or the dissolution of IMA.

10.10 Voting

a) A member that has not fulfilled its financial obligations towards IMA shall not have the right to vote. Decisions in that respect shall be taken by the Executive Committee and announced at the beginning of the General Assembly;

b) No one shall have the right to represent more than one member;

c) The voting can be done by a show of hand, voting machines or ballot paper;

d) Voting by proxy or letter is not allowed.

e) Save any indication to the contrary in these Statutes, all decisions shall be made by the majority of the votes validly cast by the official delegates who have voting rights;

f) Illegible, void, blank or improper votes, and abstentions shall not be included in the count of validly cast vote;

g) Representatives of national or supra-national organisations and personalities may attend the General Assembly as observers or IMA guests without the right to vote;

h) Members who have an actual or potential conflict of interest should not take part in the deliberation or vote on this matter;

i) Voting shall be open, unless the General Assembly decide otherwise.


11. Executive Committee  


11.1

a) The Executive Committee is IMA’s Executive body. It is responsible for all tasks not expressly assigned to General Assembly by law or statutes;

b) The Executive committee shall not include more than one representative of the same member organiser;

c) Each member applies its own procedure to designate its representative.

d) The Executive Committee shall consist of five members:

The Chairman
The Vice-Chairman
Three additional Members;

e) The Chairman shall be entitled to propose candidates for Vice Chairman.

11.2 Term of Office

a) The term of office of the members of the Executive Committee elected by General Assembly shall be five years. All members shall be eligible for re-election;

b) If a vacancy occurs, the next General Assembly, in an ordinary session, shall elect a replacement for the remaining term of office. If the vacancy occurs in the final year of a term of office, no replacement shall be elected;

c) The Executive Committee members who, during their term of office with IMA, lose their position with the member which they represent shall continue to sit on the Executive Committee until the next General Assembly, unless the relevant Member objects. In this case, the Member concerned shall designate a substitute that will sit for the remainder of the term.

11.3 Powers of the Executive Committee

a) Implements the development strategy of IMA;

b) Execution of all decisions taken by the General Assembly;

c) Prepares and convenes Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assemblies;

d) Represents and commits IMA with regard to third parties;

e) Management of IMA;

f) Makes recommendations to the General Assembly on the affiliation of new members;

g) Appoints any Commission it deems necessary at any time;

h) Appoints the Chairpersons and members of the Commissions;

i) Defines the organisational structure;

j) Appoints or dismisses the administration.

11.4 The Executive Committee shall have the power to make decisions on all matters which do not fall with legal or statutory jurisdiction of the General Assembly or other bodies by the Statutes, regulations and directives of IMA.

11.5 In accordance with a set of organisational regulations issued by it, the Executive Committee shall be authorised to delegate management, either fully or partly, to the president, to one or more of its members and/or to the Administration. This set of organisational regulations shall govern the management, define the necessary posts, outline the corresponding duties and govern reporting.

11.6 Eligibility

a) The candidates must have reached the age of maturity, and be in full possession of their civil rights;

b) A person aged 75 years or more will not be eligible for re-election;

c) The candidates must be designated by, or be delegates of the Member they represent;

d) General requirements to be met by candidates:

submission of a curriculum vitae;
proof of the command of the IMA language;
commitments to be available for meetings and activities within the customary timeframe;

e) The candidates must be present in the General Assembly for the election.

11.7 Elections

a) Candidates shall be nominated not later than one month before the respective General Assembly; otherwise a two-third majority shall be required for admission at the General Assembly;

b) Nominations that arrive after the deadline shall not be taken into consideration. If no candidate has been nominated within the deadline or if a nominee is no longer a candidate on the day of the General Assembly, candidates may be nominated at the General Assembly. If there is no candidate, the senior member of General Assembly shall act as chair until the next General Assembly;

c) Each candidate for Chairman runs together with a candidate for Vice-Chairman.

d) The General Assembly elects at the same time and together with the Chairman of IMA and the Vice Chairman;

e) The list of members for previous positions shall be promoted by the candidate for the President position and shall be accompanied by a written acceptance to confirm their presence on the list;

f) Candidates shall not be eligible to stand for election in more than one list otherwise the applications shall be considered null and void;

g) The other three members of the Executive Committee shall be individually elected.

11.8 Meetings

a) The Executive Committee shall as a general rule meet in principle twice during each year of its period of office. It shall be convened by the Chairman. At the request of at least four voting members, the Chairman shall convene a meeting of the Executive Committee within two weeks of such a request being made.

b) The Executive Committee shall have a quorum of half plus one of its voting members, including the President or, in his absence, a Vice-Chairman.

c) A member of the Executive Committee or the Chairman shall not take part in the deliberation of any matter or point of issue involving the Member Association/Federation with which he is associated, or in any case in which a conflict of interest exists.

d) Decisions of the Executive Committee shall come into immediate force, unless the Executive Committee decides otherwise.

e) The Executive Committee may suspend a member of the Executive Committee or a member of another commission until the next Ordinary General Assembly where it considers that person to have committed a gross dereliction of duty or an act of improper conduct.

f) Such decisions shall be made if supported by three-quarters or more of all voting members of such executive committee affected by the decision shall not be entitled to take part in the deliberations or vote.


12. Chairman  


12.1 The Chairman will represent the IMA.

12.2 The Chairman shall chair the General Assembly sessions and Executive Committee
meetings.

12.3 In the event of a tie in any vote, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.

12.4 The Chairman shall represent IMA in court, as plaintiff or defendant, as well as in financial matters. If he should be unable to attend, the Vice-Chairman shall exercise these rights without requiring any special authorisation.

12.5 The Chairman is furthermore responsible for:

a) Coordination of the programmes and activities of IMA;

b) Chair all General Assembly sessions and Executive Committee meetings, with the right of vote;

c) Assure the efficient functioning of IMA.

d) Sets the duties and responsibilities of the other members of the Executive Committee according to purpose and objective of IMA;

e) Relations between IMA and its member associations/ federations;

f) Relations between IMA and political bodies national and international organisations;

g) Implementing the decisions of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee through the administration;

h) Represents and commits IMA with regard to third parties;

i) Supervising the work of the administration.

12.6 In carrying out theses responsibilities, the Chairman shall consult with the Executive Committee.

9.7 The Chairman shall have the power to make decisions on all matters which do not fall within the legal or statutory jurisdiction of the General Assembly, Executive Committee or other bodies by the Statute, regulations and directives of IMA.


13. Commissions  


13.1 The Commissions are IMA’s technical bodies. It is subordinate to the Executive Committee, which may assign to its areas of authority and responsibility in addition to those laid down in the IMA statutes and regulations.

13.2 Based on proposals submitted by the Chairman, the Executive Committee shall elect the Chairman, one Vice Chairman and the members of each Commission.

13.3 The Chairman shall represent his Commission. In consultation with the administration, the Chairman of a Commission shall set the dates of meetings, be responsible for the proper conduct of business and regularly report to the Executive Committee on the commissions work.

13.4 The Commission shall, in principle, be chaired by a member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may decide otherwise.

13.5 The Executive Committee shall determine the other Commissions and the number of members of each commission.

13.6 Commissions shall advise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may delegate certain of it’s duties to a Commission.

13.7 The Executive Committee shall draw up terms of reference for the work of each Commission.


14. Administration  


14.1 The mission of the administration is to implement the decisions made by the General Assembly and the Executive Committee, and carry out all the administrative duties of IMA, under the supervision of the Executive Committee.

14.2 Members of the Administrative do not have voting rights.


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15. Finances  


15.1 Funds

These shall consist of membership fees and sums properly payable as well as all gifts and donations, subventions and grants from local, national or European level given in support of either the general aims or specific aim of IMA.

15.2 Annual auditing of accounts

a) The IMA financial year begins on April 1st and ends on March 31st;

b) The internal auditor will officially examine IMA’s financial management each year.


16. Final Provisions  


16.1 Reference to the internal regulations

The method for enforcement of these statutes, as well as all cases not envisaged in them, shall be determined by the internal regulations.

16.2 Proposals to amend the statutes.

a) The General Assembly may discuss an amendment to the statutes at the request of an organisation with the status of active member, or at the request of the Executive Committee;

b) Proposals for amendment must be published in their final form in the detailed agenda of the General Assembly.

16.3 Voting on amendments to the statutes.

a) Two thirds of the organisation with the status of active members must be represented for a proposal for the dissolution of IMA to be submitted to the General Assembly;

b) An amendment can only be accepted by a majority of two thirds of the votes cast;

c) By votes cast it should be understood that it means <<yes>> <<no>> <<abstention>>.

16.4 Dissolution of IMA

a) Two thirds of the organisation with the status of active members must be represented for a proposal for the dissolution of IMA to be submitted to the General Assembly;

b) Dissolution can only be pronounced by a majority of two thirds of the votes cast;

c) By votes cast it should be understood <<yes>> <<no>> <<abstention>>.

16.5 Liquidation of property in the event of dissolution.

In the event of dissolution the General Assembly will appoint one or several Commissioners responsible for the liquidation and the allocation of IMA’s property and assets.

16.6 Interpretation of the Statutes

In case of dispute over the interpretation of the statutes, the General Assembly shall decide.