Statute

of the Estonian Association of Teachers of English

I General Provisions

1. The name of this organisation is
in Estonian - Eesti Inglise Keele Õpetajate Selts
in English - The Estonian Association of Teachers of English (EATE)
The seat of the EATE is
Tõnissoni 3
50409 Tartu, Estonia
Its postal address is
Kase 16-7
60502 Lähte
Tartu vald
Tartu maakond
Mobile phone: +372 5621 3292
2. The EATE was founded on 23 November 1991 by the foundation conference in the conference hall of the Library of Tartu University.  
3. The EATE is a voluntary association of people engaged in teaching English and its activities are based on principles of democracy and self-initiative and aimed at promoting the teaching of English in Estonia.
4. The purposes of the EATE are
4.1.to improve its members' language standards and methodological skills by arranging workshops, conversation circles and conferences for them;
4.2. to obtain and circulate literature, information and methodological experience concerning the English language and the cultures of the English-speaking countries;
4.3. to arrange competitions to stimulate people to design new textbooks and teaching materials, to support research done by teachers of English, to organise the publication of various relative materials;
4.4. to establish contacts with institutions promoting and propagating the English language and culture both in Estonia and other countries;
4.5. to seek and foster co-operation with international organisations (European Council, IATEFL, FILPV, TEOSOL, etc.) and associations of teachers of English in the neighbouring countries;
4.6. to provide grants and bonuses to members of the EATE and send them to courses, workshops and conferences.
5. The EATE is entitled:
5.1. to open and close ordinary and special-purpose accounts in banks and to carry out financial operations;
5.2. to conclude agreements with enterprises, institutions, organisations and individuals;
5.3. to create and allot grants and bonuses, to establish funds and engage in business;
5.4. to set up regional unions and sections;
5.5. to own property
6. The EATE has the rights of a legal person. It has its own seal, emblem, and insignia.    

II Membership of the EATE, its rights and obligations

7. The membership of the EATE is made up of active and honorary members. The status of an active member can be granted to individuals who teach English or are engaged in some other activities related to English and who recognise the EATE statute and contribute to the achievement of its aims.
The status of an honorary member can be granted through election by the General Assembly at the proposal of the Governing Board to individuals or organisations that have special merits in supporting the activities of the EATE.
8. The status of an active member is accorded by the Governing Board after receiving a corresponding written application and entrance fee from an applicant.
9.  The active members of the EATE pay an annual membership fee fixed by the General Assembly. The active members who have not paid their annual membership fee without a valid reason by 31 December of the current year will be excluded from the EATE at the proposal of the Governing Board.
10. The active members of the EATE are entitled
10.1. to participate in the General Assembly
10.2. to elect and be elected to the governing bodies of the Association;
10.3. to make proposals for organising the activities of the Association;
10.4. to seek support and protection from the Governing Board;
10.5. to participate in the activities of the Association;
10.6. to leave the Association by handing in a written application to the Governing Board.
11. The active members of the EATE have the right to speak and vote in discussions on all matters concerning the activities of the Association. The honorary members enjoy the rights of the active members and have the right to participate in the activities of the EATE free of charge.

III The structure and governing bodies of the EATE

12. The supreme body of the EATE is its General Assembly that is convened at least once a year. An emergency General Assembly can be convened at the request of its Governing board or a quarter of the Associations members.
13. The EATE General Assembly:
13.1. approves its statute and makes alterations in it;
13.2. elects the Governing Board and the Auditing Committee for a two-year period;
13.3. fixes the size of the membership fee;
13.4. listens to the accounts of the Governing Board; 
13.5. approves of its budget;
13.6. elects its honorary members;
13.7. decides on the disbandment of the Association.
14. The General Assembly is competent to pass resolutions when over a half of the EATE members are present. Resolutions are passed by a simple majority of votes.
15. During the periods between sessions of the General Assembly the EATE is run by its Governing Board. The Governing Board passes resolutions on all matters except the ones that can only be decided by the General Assembly.
The Governing Board elects its chairperson and deputy chairperson. The Governing Board is competent to pass resolutions if more than a half of its members are present. The Governing Board passes its resolutions by a simple majority of votes.
16. The Auditing Committee checks once a year the activities of the Board as well as of the unions and sections of the EATE and submits its auditing accounts to the General Assembly for approval.

IV The EATE resources

17. The EATE financial basis is made up of:
17.1. membership fees;
17.2. donations and subsidies;
17.3. incomes from the sale of its publications;
17.4. incomes from other possible sources.
18.  Delimitation of the EATE resources:
18.1. the members of the EATE have no right for the resources of the EATE and the Association has no right for the properties of its members.
18.2. the Association bears no responsibility for its members' financial obligations and the members bear no responsibility for the financial obligations of the Association.
18.3. the Association bears responsibility for its obligations with its resources.

V Reorganisation and termination of the EATE

19. The resolution of reorganising the EATE can be passed by the General Assembly or by the Governing Board in case it has the necessary warrant. 
20. The resolution of reorganising the EATE must include the name of the juridical successor which adopts the rights and obligations of the Association.
21. The termination of the EATE takes places after the General Assembly or the Termination   Board has passed the resolution to the effect. The Termination Board has to formulate the legal document that will be approved by the Governing Board on its last session.

The above-given statute of the EATE was approved on the foundation conference in Tartu on 23 November 1991.  

2011 Statute.
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