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STATUTES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF MEDITERRANEAN DELTAS (DELTA-MED).

PART TWO
CONCERNING THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 8º.- General Characteristics.

1. The members of the Association, generally speaking, will be legal persons representing collective economic interests which function in the Mediterranean deltas or Coastal Wetlands.

2. Under the conditions laid down in these Statutes, other physical or legal persons can be classified as extraordinary members of the Association.


Article 9º.- Concerning the Ordinary Members.

1. The legal nature of the legal persons who, as ordinary members of the Association form part of the “Asociación de Deltas del Mediterraneo DELTA-MED” must be that of Association, a Corporation under Public Law or similar legal categories in accordance with the law of each country. Under no circumstances will commercial companies or foundations be allowed to join.

2. The legal persons who are members of the “Asociación de Deltas del Mediterraneo DELTA-MED” must be legitimately constituted in accordance with the law of each country, and this will be demonstrated by the certificates of the relevant Public Registries and the other proof which is admissible in law.

3. The organisation and functioning of each legal person who is a member of the Association will be accredited through the submittal of the Statutes or Regulations which govern the functioning of this legal person.


Article 10º.- The Founders.

1. The founders of the “Asociación de Deltas del Mediterraneo DELTA-MED” are the legal persons who appear in the Foundational Charter and those who join during the first year the Association is operating through the procedure laid down in these Statutes.

2. In accordance with what has been stated in the above section, the founders are the following:

A) For the EBRO DELTA:

-Comunidad General de Regantes del Canal de la Derecha del Ebro.

-Comunidad de Regantes-Sindicato Agrícola del Ebro.

B) For the PO DELTA:

-Consorzio di Bonifica Delta Po Adige

-Consorzio di Bonifica I Circondario Polesine di Ferrara

-Consorzio di Bonifica II Circondario Polesine di S. Giorgio

C) For the RHÔNE DELTA:

-Syndicat des Riziculteurs de France et Filiere

-Tour du Valat Station Biologique

D) For the DANUBE DELTA

-Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority

E) For the NILE DELTA

-Field Crops Research Institute and National Rice Research Program

F) For the EVROS DELTA

-Evros Perfecture

G) For the ALBUFERA DE VALENCIA

-Comunidad de Regantes de Sueca

-Acequia Real del Júcar

H) For the ESTUARIO DEL GUADALQUIVIR

-Federación de Arroceros de Sevilla.

Article 11º.- Admission of New Ordinary Members.

1. The admission of new ordinary members must be preceded by a proposal put forward by three members who already belong to the Association and the subsequent acceptance by the General Assembly at the first ordinary meeting to be held. As regards the three members mentioned, at least one of these, must belong to the same delta area as the applicant for admission.
2. The members who request admission must provide sufficient documentation so that the Assembly might check them with the requirements laid down in article 8 of these Statutes.


Article 12º.- Loss of the Condition of Member.

1. The ordinary members will cease to be members of the “Asociación de Deltas del Mediterraneo DELTA-MED” due to any of the following reasons: a) Of their own accord by notifying the Executive Board in writing.
b) Of their own accord by notifying the Executive Board in writing.
c) By exclusion.

2. The members who commit acts which are contrary to the corporate objectives of the Association or whose acts might seriously damage the interests of the Association will be excluded by an agreement of the General Assembly on the proposal of the Executive Board after the institution of proceedings. Before this decision is taken, the party concerned will be heard during the proceedings and, should he wish, he will be heard in the General Assembly.

Article 13º.- The Rights of Ordinary Members.

The following are the rights of the ordinary members of the Association:
a) To take part in the General Assemblies, with the right to speak and the right to vote as regulated in these Statutes.
b) To participate in the activities organised by the Association and to work to achieve its objectives.
c) To elect and be elected to exercise management posts.
d) To put forward complaints and suggestions regarding the Association and its activities to the governing bodies in writing.


Article 14º.- Obligations of the Ordinary Members.

The following are the obligations of the ordinary members of the Association: a) To hold the posts they are elected to.
b) To satisfy the quotas which might be established.
c) To respect what is laid down in these Statutes.

Article 15º.- Extraordinary Members.

1. Those legal and physical persons who carry out activity in the Mediterranean deltas or Coastal Wetlands and who are proposed by three of the members of the General Assembly can join the Association as extraordinary members.
2. This category may correspond, in particular, to the universities which carry out activity in the delta areas with special regard to the objectives of this Association, to the relevant scientists who make specific contributions in this field and, generally speaking, to the representatives in the deltas who are considered to be necessary in order to achieve the objectives and the finality of the Association.
3. The extraordinary members will enjoy the rights of the ordinary members with the specific particularities as regards the exercise of the right to vote stated in these Statutes. They may be exempt from payment of the quotas required to maintain the Association.