The Constitution of European Courses in Advanced Statistics

Article 1. Name.
Article 2. Objectives and Activities.
Article 3. Organization.
Article 4. Council.
Article 5. Executive Committee.
Article 6. Vacancies.
Article 7. Resignation.
Article 8. Amendments to the Constitution.
Annex. The current members of ECAS.

Article 1. Name.

The name of the association is ECAS (European Courses in Advanced Statistics). The abbreviation shall be ECAS in all languages.

Article 2. Objectives and Activities.

  1. ECAS is a non-profit international scientific and educational organization.
  2. ECAS is a foundation of Statistical Societies within Europe in order to foster links and to promote cooperation between statisticians in Europe by
    • contributing to the development and improvement of the education for statisticians in Europe,
    • promoting information concerning the field of, and persons interested in statistical education,
    • improving communication and exchange among teachers, researchers and students in European countries,
    • developing cooperation between Statistical Societies and establishments of higher education,
    • stimulating networks of universities,
    • contributing to the promotion and coordination of theoretical and applied research in statistics.
In order to achieve these aims, courses on varying aspects of statistics should be organized every two years in different countries of Members.

Article 3. Organization.

The business of ECAS shall be conducted by a Council and an Executive Committee.

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Article 4. Council.

  1. The Council is the legislative body of ECAS. It is responsible for the general policy and the main activities. It accepts applications of Members and elects the Executive Committee.
  2. The Council shall consist of one representative of each country for which at least one Society or statistical Group is a Member of ECAS.
  3. The ECAS Members of a given country elect, appoint or otherwise select their representative according to their own rules and according to their own agreement if there is more than one Member per country. The procedure shall be communicated to the Secretary of ECAS.
  4. Council members shall serve for a period of four years.
  5. Council members should meet biennially. The President or a majority of members can call a meeting at any time.
  6. Council votes can be performed during a Council meeting, or by mail vote. A motion is accepted if it obtains
    • in a mail vote : the simple majority of all members of the Council.
    • in a Council meeting : the simple majority of the Council members who are present and voting. If the latter condition is not fulfilled, any decision must be ratified by a mail vote.
Council members not present at a meeting may delegate their vote to another member of the Council.
For accepting a new Member of ECAS, a majority of two-thirds of the members of the Council is required.
Ties are broken by the vote of the President.

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Article 5. Executive Committee.

  1. The members of the Executive Committee (general officers) are:
    • the President
    • the Vice-President
    • the Secretary,and
    • the Treasurer
    The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined.
  2. The President, in his absence the Vice-President, represents ECAS in its external relations and carries out the politics of ECAS according to the guidelines established by the Council, and implements its decisions and the general activities of ECAS. He is supported by the other members of the Executive Committee.
  3. The Secretary is responsible for the administrative business (including the organization of elections).
  4. The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of ECAS. He shall submit to all Members, at least every two years, a report on the financial conditions of the organization including receipts and expenditures.
    No part of net earnings or assets shall ever inure to the benefit of any privat individual.
  5. The members of the Executive Committee are elected by the Council from among its members for a period of four years and cannot have more than two consecutive terms of the same office.
  6. The rules for the election of the President is the following: election as Vice-President for two years, as President for four years, and as Vice-President for two years.

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Article 6. Vacancies.

In the event of any unscheduled resignation or death of a member of the Executive Committee or another member of the Council, the respective position shall be refilled according to the regulations in Article 5 and 6 for the period remaining to be served.

Article 7. Resignation.

  1. Resignation of a Society or a Group is effected by a written declaration to the President.
  2. Membership can be terminated by a two-thirds majority vote of the Council if the conditions of membership are no longer fulfilled.

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Article 8. Amendments to the Constitution.

Amendments to the Constitution of ECAS are possible with a majority of two-thirds of the members of the Council.

Note: The previous statutes follow the amendments as voted in La Roche en Ardenne in September 2005, and by electronic voting in February-March 2013.

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The current list of all the member societies and their representative in ECAS are:

Oesterreichische Statistische Gesellschaft ÖSG
Representative: Herwig Friedl

Belgian Statistical Society SBS BVS
Representative: Thomas Verdebout

Croatian Statistical Association
Representative: Berislav Žmuk

Cyprus Statistical Society
Representative: Andreas Anastasiou

Czech Statistical Society CStS
Representative: Jan Picek

Dansk Selskab for Teoretisk Statistik (Danish Society for Theoretical Statistics)
Representative: Søren Højsgaard

Finnish Statistical Society FSS
Representative: Pekka Pere

Société Française de Statistique
Representative: Benjamin Guedj

Deutsche Statistische Gesellschaft DStatG
Representative: Yarema Okhrin

Greek Statistical Institute
Representative: Sotiris Bersimis

Hungarian Statistical Association HSA
Representative: Peter Kovacs

Società Italiana di Statistica SIS
Representative: Stefania Mignani

Irish Statistical Association (ISA)
Representative: Simon Wilson

Association of Latvia’s Statisticians
Representative: Biruta Sloka

Luxembourg Statistical Society
Representative: Christophe Ley

Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research VVS+OR
The Netherlands.
Representative: Casper Albers

Polskie Towarzystwo Statystyczne PTS
Representative: Grazyna Trzpiot

Sociedade Portuguesa de Estatística SPE
Representative: Miguel De Carvalho

Romanian Statistical Society RSS
Representative: Pele Daniel Traian

Slovak Statistical and Demographic Society SSDS
Representative: Martin Boda

Statistical Society of Slovenia SSS
Representative: Anja Znidarsic

Sociedad de Estadística e investigación Operativa SEIO
Representative: Carmen Armero

Svenska statistikfrämjandet SS
Representative: Maria Karlsson

Swiss Statistical Society SSS
Representative: Sylvain Sardy

Royal Statistical Society RSS
United Kingdom.
Representative: Chris Hallsworth

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