(For better readability persons will be referred to only by female pronouns.)

Art. 1: Name

The "Europäische Gesellschaft für Phraseologie/European Society of Phraseology/Société Européenne de Phraséologie" is a non-profit organization under Art. 60 pp. Civil Law Code.

Art. 2: Seat

Zürich, Swiss law

Art. 3: Purpose

The society's objectives are:

  • The organization of conferences on phraseology at least every three years.
  • The publication of an annual bulletin providing information on European research in the field of phraseology. The languages to be used in the bulletin are either German or English or French. Contributions can also be published in other European languages provided that a brief summary in one of the languages mentioned above is added.
  • Exchange of information concerning conferences on phraseology.
  • Advancement of young scholars and support of research projects in the field of phraseology.
  • Encouragement of worldwide international cooperation among scholars working in the field of phraseology.
  • Contact with other scholarly and scientific societies.

The society is non-profit and pursues no self-help purposes.

Art. 4: Membership

Members can be:

  1. natural persons
  2. corporate bodies as collective members with one vote

Art. 5: Membership, Resignation

  1. Membership is acquired through application to the board and payment of membership fees.
  2. Resignation from membership takes effect through a written statement to the board at the end of the business year.
  3. Membership expires, if - in spite of a reminder -a member has failed to pay the membership fee for more than one year.

Art. 6: Institutions of the society

  1. Institutions of the society are the general assembly, the board, the chairperson, the vice-chairperson, the advisory council, the auditors.
  2. The general assembly can form committees for special purposes.

Art. 7: General assembly

  1. The general assembly meeting takes place regularly every two years in connection with a conference on phraseology organized by the board. The conference is open to all members of the society.
  2. The general meeting has the following competence:
    • election of the board
    • election of the chairperson
    • approval of the treasurer’s report, of the activity report, and the auditors’ report, discharge of the society’s institutions
    • determination of membership fees
    • change of statutes
    • dissolution of the society
    • appointment of honorary members
    • election of the members of the advisory council
    • decision on tasks to be dealt with by the board.
  3. Any general assembly is entitled to make decisions irrespective of the number of members present. This does not apply if at least two thirds of the members present declare that there is no quorum.
  4. The general assembly makes decisions with the simple majority of members present. Any change of statutes or the dissolution of the society requires a two-third majority of the members present.
  5. Minutes of decisions made during the general assembly meeting are taken and sent to every member of the society.

Art. 8: Board

The board consists of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson and three to five additional members. The board constitutes its rules of procedure and appoints the vice-chairperson and the treasurer.

Members of the board, except for the chairperson (see Art. 9), are elected for two years or until the next general assembly meeting. They can only be re-elected twice consecutively.

The members of the board meet at least once a year.

The board makes decisions with a simple majority of the members present. In case of a parity of votes the chairperson has a casting vote.

The board has to perform the following tasks:

  • direction and representation of the society's affairs and protection of its interests
  • determining the activities of the society (in accordance with its purpose), particularly the organization of a conference on phraseology (under art. 3); the board can transfer the organization of the conference to another member of the society whom for this purpose and period of time the board will co-opt.
  • editing of the bulletin; the board may decide to delegate this task to another member of the society
  • management of the society's financial resources
  • working out the society budget and the annual treasurer's report
  • execution of the tasks entrusted to it by the general assembly
  • proposals for candidates to the advisory council
  • acceptance of new members
  • representation of the society in committees dealing with policy concerning university, scientific and scholarly affairs as well as research
  • setting-up of special interest groups

Members of the board work on an honorary basis and are only entitled to the reimbursement of their effective expenses and cash expenditures. For exceptional achievements a board member may be granted an adequate compensation.

Art. 9: Chairperson and Vice-chairperson

The chairperson is elected for two years or until the next general assembly meeting. She can only be re-elected twice consecutively. It is common but not necessary that the chairperson was part of the board before. Time served on the board is not added to the term of office. The vice-chairperson is elected by the board among its members. Her term of office is not bound to that of the chairperson.

Art. 10: Advisory council

The advisory council gives advice to the board and supports its activities. Members of language groups as well as members of schools of research not represented in the board should be represented in the advisory council.

The advisory council meets on the occasion of the general assembly meeting. It takes counsel together with the board.

Members of the advisory council are elected for two years or until the next general assembly meeting. They can only be re-elected twice consecutively.

Art. 11: Auditors

The society has two auditors; they do not have to be members of the society. They check the treasurer's annual report and inform the general assembly of their audit.

Art. 12: Election of a president of honor / Election of honorary members

At the request of 10 members, the general assembly is authorized to elect a president of honor as well as members of honor. Members of honor can be institutions that support the society financially, as well.

Art. 13: Income

The society's income derives from membership fees and donations.

Art. 14: Liability

Liabilities are met solely by the society's assets.

Art. 15: Statutes

The statutes are approved by the general assembly and can only be altered with a two-third majority of the members present.

Art. 16: Dissolution of the society

With a two-third majority of votes of all its members the general assembly can decide the dissolution of the society.

In the event of its dissolution the society's remaining assets will be transferred to a tax-exempt organization based in Switzerland that has the same or a similar purpose. Distribution of the assets among the members is ruled out.

These statutes come into force after being passed by the general assembly of the European Society of Phraseology.

Paris, 10th September 2014


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