Statutes of the ACP (English version)

###ARTICLE 1: Constitution and name An association governed by the French law of July 1, 1901 and the decree of August 16, 1901, entitled: Association for Constraint Programming (ACP) is created among members with the present statutes. ###ARTICLE 2: Goals The association aims to promote constraint programming in the world, its development and organization at the level of academic research, its teaching in universities and engineering schools, its publicity in the industrial world, and extension of its use in all types of applications. ###ARTICLE 3: Headquarters The headquarters is set at: Association for Constraint Programming LIRMM (Laboratoire d'informatique, de robotique et de microélectronique de Montpellier) 161 rue Ada 34090 Montpellier It may be transferred by a simple decision of the Executive Committee. ###ARTICLE 4: Duration of the association The duration of the association is unlimited. ###ARTICLE 5: Empowerment The course of action of the association includes anything that would be considered useful to achieve the goals described in Article 2, including: the holding of an annual symposium on constraint programming, the introduction of summer schools for students. the organization of working groups on different topics, such as support for companies-universities connections. more generally, any initiative that can help to achieve the purpose of the association. ###ARTICLE 6: Resources of the association The resources of the association are composed of grants, revenue from the organization of the annual symposium, services provided by the association (advices and scientific expertise brought in events organized on the topics it covers) and any other resource that is not incompatible with the rules in force. ###ARTICLE 7: Composition of the association The association is composed of active members and honorary members. Active members are those who satisfy the criteria laid down in the rules of procedure. They have the right to vote at a general meeting. Honorary members are appointed as such in accordance with a procedure set forth in the Rules of Procedure. The status of honorary member does not entitle to vote at the general assembly. ###ARTICLE 8: Admission and membership To become member of the association, one must adhere to these statutes and meet the admission requirement specified in the rules of procedure. The Executive committee may refuse membership, with reasoned opinion to the person concerned. ###ARTICLE 9: Loss of membership The membership is lost by resignation, death or removal decided by the Executive Committee (for non-compliance with the criteria for admission or serious reason). ###ARTICLE 10: Ordinary General Assembly The ordinary general assembly meets once a year at the annual conference and includes all members of the association. Fifteen days before the chosen date, the members of the association are convened by the President. The agenda is indicated on the notice. The general assembly, after deliberation, decide on the moral report or activity report and on the financial report in the current fiscal year. It deliberates on future directions. ###ARTICLE 11: Governing Council The association is governed by an executive committee of at least six members, including a strict majority of elected members. The number of members and the composition of the Executive Committee are specified in the rules of procedure. The Executive Committee meets at least once a year at the annual conference. The Executive Committee chooses among its members a bureau consisting of a president, a treasurer and, if necessary, a secretary. ###ARTICLE 14: Dissolution In the event of dissolution made by the general assembly, one or more liquidators are appointed by it and assets, if necessary, is reserved for an association with similar goals, in accordance with Article 9 the Act of July 1, 1901 and the decree of August 16, 1901. ###ARTICLE 15: Rules of Procedure The Executive Committee establishes a set of rules, which is intended to fix all the items not covered by statutes, including those related to the internal administration of the association. These statutes were approved by the constituent assembly of February 7, 2005. The address of the headquarters of the association (see Article 3) has been changed by decision of the Executive Committe on July, 6, 2015. Jordan Styles