Statute

On the basis of Articles 12 and 18 of the Law on Associations and Foundations of Bosnia and
Herzegovina (“Official Gazette of BiH”, no. 32/01, 42/03, 63/08 and 76/11), the Assembly of
The Association for Media and Civil Society Development, at its session held on 01.09.2016
in Sarajevo, passed the:
STATUTE
of The Association for Media and Civil Society Development
1 – GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1
The Association is founded upon Resolution on Establishment reached by the Founding
Assembly of the Association at the session held on 01.09.2016. in Sarajevo, in accordance
with the Law on Associations and Foundations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter the
Law), with the mission of improving the state of the media and civil society in Bosnia and
Herzegovina.
Article 2
This Statute, in accordance with Article 12 of the Law, regulates:
– the name of the Association, the abbreviation, if it exists, and the address of the Association;
– the goals and activities of the Association;
– the procedure for acceptance and exclusion of members;
– the bodies of the Association, the manner in which they are elected, their authority, quorum
and voting rules, mandate duration, the person authorized to convene the Assembly,
conditions for and manner of dismissal or termination of work;
– the rules for realization, use and disposal of Association funds, as well as the body
authorized for monitoring the use of these funds;
– reporting on financial operations and activities of the Association;
– the transparency of the work of the Association;
– the procedure for amending the Statute, authorization for and manner of reaching other
general acts;
– the description of the shape and content of the seal and sign of the Association;
– the representation of the Association;
– the conditions and procedure for merging or dividing the Association and the termination of
work of the Association, including any special quorum or rules for achieving a qualified
majority during the voting process;
– procedure for disposing of the remaining property or other assets in the event of dissolution
or termination of the Association;
– and other issues of importance for the Association‟s work and realization of goals in
accordance with the Law and this Statute.
Article 3
The Association is a non-government, non-political and non-for-profit organization that,
based on the principle of free and voluntary accession to membership of the Association,
brings together its members to achieve the goals and activities determined by this Statute.
Article 4
The Association shall acquire the status of a legal entity upon entry in the Registry of the
responsible Ministry.
The Association shall act independently on its own behalf in legal matters and shall perform
legal duties within the frame of its legal abilities.
Article 5
The Association shall be held liable for its entire assets for responsibilities in legal matters –
full responsibility.
2 – NAME AND SEAT OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 6
The full name of the Association in English is:
The Association for Media and Civil Society Development
The full name of the Association in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, respectively, is:
Udruženje za razvoj medija i civilnog društva/ Udruženje za razvitak medija i civilnog
društva/ Удружење за развој медија и цивилног друштва
The acronym of the Association is: URMCD/URMCD/ УРМЦД
Article 7
The Seat of the Association is in Sarajevo, street Avde Hume number 9.
Article 8
The Association can have its offices or other organizational shapes outside of its seat
(headquarters), on the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to conduct its activities and
realize its objectives, but which do not act as a legal entity.
The Resolution on opening the organizational forms referred to in paragraph 1 of this article
shall be reached by the Board of Directors of the Association by majority vote of all members
of the Board of Directors.
This Resolution specifically determines the seat, manner of performing statutory activities,
number of executives and other issues of importance for the work of these organizational
forms.
Article 9
The Association can change its name and seat upon proposal of the Board of Directors.
The Resolution on changing the name and seat of the Association shall be reached by the
Assembly of the Association.
Article 10
The Association operates on the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
3 – OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 11
Objectives and activities of the Association:
1. Improvement of any and all aspects of media and civil society
2. Helping the development and accesibility of internships for young media workers
3. Advocating for media freedom and freedom of information
4. Helping and supporting the education of young media workers
5. Organising seminars, workshops, conferences and debates to foster networking and
develop new skills in beneficiaries of various professions.
6. Developing and implementing projects focused on media, civil society and human
rights.
7. Exchanging experiences and information with similar Associations and other nongovernment
organizations in the country and abroad;
8. Publishing books, brochures, bulletins and other publications, as well as launching
web-sites and radio shows in order to achieve the objectives of the Association.
Article 12
The Association performs similar commercial activities that are directly related to
achievement of basic statutory objectives and activities of the Association referred to in
Article 12 of the Statute (publishing), provided that the overall profit is reinvested in the
primary non-profit statutory activities of the Association (organization of conferences,
seminars, professional meetings, sessions, etc.)
The Association may perform unrelated commercial activities that are not associated with the
statutory objectives and activities, only through a specially established legal entity, in
accordance with Article 4 of the Law.
4 – MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 13
Membership in the Association may be acquired by any individual, citizen of Bosnia and
Herzegovina or a foreign national residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by the act of signing
the Application of the Association after approval by the Board of Directors, on a voluntary
basis, under the conditions referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article.
Membership in the Association may be acquired by any legal entity, registered with the
relevant authorities in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, after approval by the Board of
Directors, if it accepts this Statute and the objectives of the Association under the conditions
laid down by the Law and this Statute.
Membership is to be applied for a the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will review
the applications on regular meetings, at least twice each year. All applicants will be informed
of the decision via e-mail. The Association must keep records of its members, in accordance
to Article 15, paragraph 2, of the Law.
Membership in the Association is voluntary.
Association members can be: permanent and honorary. Permament members are those who
actively work on achieving the goals and activities of the Association. Honorary members are
those who have given special contributions to the goals and activities of the Association and
support the Association.
Membership in the Association ceases:
– by voluntary resignation from the Association upon written notification addressed to the
President of the Association
– upon expulsion from the Association for violating the Statute and decisions of Association
organs
– upon expulsion from the Association for damage to the reputation of the Association
– upon termination of legal entity status
– due to non-payment of membership fees for more than three months
– in case of death of a member
– in case of termination of the Association
Article 14
The Assembly of the Association may reach a general act, which shall, in accordance with the
Law and this Statute, more precisely determine the manner and process of entry into
membership and termination of membership.
5 – ASSOCIATION ORGANS AND DECISION-MAKING WITHIN THE
ASSOCIATION
Article 15
Association organs are:
– The Assembly
– The Board of Directors
– The Executive Director
Article 16
Association organs are responsible for:
1. consciously performing jobs within their rights and duties, in accordance with the
Statute and other acts of the Association;
2. developing and improving the work of the Association and informing their members
and the public about it;
3. providing direct participation of members in managing, and their active participation
in achieving the objectives of the activities of the Association.
5.a – ASSEMBLY OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 17
The Assembly of the Association (hereinafter the Assembly) is the highest organ of the
Association.
The Assembly consists of all members of the Association.
The Assembly elects the President of the Assembly and the Deputy President of the
Assembly. They are elected from the ranks of all members of the Association.
The President of the Assembly manages the work of the Assembly.
The mandate of the President of the Assembly and the Deputy President of the Assembly lasts
four (4) years, with the possibility of a re-election.
Article 18
The Assembly convenes upon need, but at least once a year.
The Assembly shall be convened by the President of the Assembly, and in case of the
President‟s absence, the Assembly shall be convened by the Deputy President of the
Assembly, at the latest 15 days before its session.
The President of the Assembly shall be responsible for convening the Assembly when it is
requested by at least 1/3 of the total number of members of the Assembly. The Assembly may
be convened upon request of 2/3 of the total number of members of the Board of Directors of
the Association.
The Assembly can be be either regular or extraordinary. Regular Assemblies are convened to
control the work and business of the Association. Extraordinary Assemblies are convened in
extraordinary situarions.
Article 19
The Assembly works and decides at sessions, on the basis of the Statute and other acts of the
Association, if at least half of the Assembly is in attendance.
The Assembly validly decides with more than half of the members present, unless otherwise
stipulated by this Statute.
Declaration at the Assembly Session is public.
Article 20
The Assembly:
– reviews and adopts the statute, and its amendments;
– passes general acts of the Association and any amendments thereto;
– establishes general policies of the Association‟s work;
– appoints and dismisses the President of the Assembly and the Deputy President of the
Assembly;
– appoints and dismisses the members of the Board of Directors of the Association which has
three members;
– appoints and dismisses the Chairperson and two Deputy Chairpersons of the Board of
Directors of the Association;
– appoints a person authorized to represent the Association in legal matters;
– supervises the use and disposition of the funds of the Association;
– adopts the agenda for each calendar year;
– adopts the financial plan, final accounts and the final work report of the organs of the
Association, and provides guidance for future work;
– appoints delegates to the appropriate organs and organizations, which, within the framework
of their activities, deal with issues of interest to members of the Association;
– decides on joining Alliances, and conditions and processes of mergers, divisions or
dissolution of the Association, as well as other status issues and changes in the Association;
– decides on requests and appeals from members of the Association;
– discusses and decides on other matters which are not under the responsibility of other
organs of the Association.
The Assembly may delegate certain activities within its responsibility to the Board of
Directors, if such action does not contradict provisions of this Statute.
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ASSOCIATION AND DEPUTY
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 21
The Assembly elects the President of the Assembly and the Deputy President of the
Assembly. They are elected from the ranks of all members of the Assembly.
The President of the Assembly and Deputy President of the Assembly are responsible towards
the Assembly for their work.
Article 22
The President of the Assembly performs the following tasks:
– convenes sessions of the Assembly;
– proposes the Assembly agenda
– takes care of executing decisions, conclusions and other Assembly acts;
– harmonizes the work of the organs and bodies of the Assembly;
– informs the public about the work of the Association;
– performs other duties as authorized by this Statute and other general acts of the Association;
In case of absence or incapacity of the President of the Assembly, he or she shall be
substituted by the Deputy President, with all rights and duties of the President of the
Assembly.
5.b – BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 23
The Board of Directors (hereinafter the Board) is the executive organ of the Association,
which organizes and harmonizes the work of the Association in between two sessions of the
Assembly, and conducts all activities of the Association in accordance with the agenda,
financial plan and Assembly decisions.
Article 24
The Board consists of 3 members, appointed by the Assembly, for a four (4) year period, with
the possibility of re-election.
The Board elects the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Board. They are elected
from the ranks of the appointed members of the Board.
Article 25
The Board convenes upon need, but at least 3 times a year. It is convened by the Chairperson
of the Board or, in his or her absence, by one of the two Deputy Chairpersons of the Board, at
the latest 15 days before holding the session.
Article 26
The Board exercises its rights and responsibilities on the basis of this Statute and other acts of
the Association:
– prepares the session of the Assembly;
– prepares the draft of the Statute and other acts passed by the Assembly;
– implements policies, conclusions and other decisions reached but the Assembly;
– decides on the use of Association funds, in accordance with the financial plan;
– determines the semi-annual and annual account of the execution of the yearly plan of
activities;
– submits periodical or yearly reports on its work to the Assembly for adoption;
– appoints and dismisses members of the Complaints Commission of the Association;
– reaches decisions on awards and recognitions;
– decides on procurement, sale and write-off of the value of basic assets;
– reviews and decides on proposals and reports submitted by the Executive Director;
– manages assets, in accordance with Article 19 of the Law;
– appoints and dismisses the director of the Association;
– reaches the decision on opening offices and other organizational forms outside of the seat of
the Association;
– performs other duties entrusted by the Assembly in accordance with the Law and this
Statute.
Article 27
The Board of the Association may reach a decision on founding various bodies and expert
commissions within the Association, which shall work towards the realization of the
Association‟s objectives, as well as an administrative-technical service for the realization of
current operations of the Association.
Article 28
The Board of the Association may validly reach and adopt decisions when more-than-half
majority of its members is present. Decisions within the jurisdiction of the Board of the
Association shall be made by a more-than-half majority of all members of the Board of the
Association.
All members of the Board have the right to vote, and declarations at the sessions of the Board
are public.
Article 29
A member of the Board of the Association may be dismissed prior to the expiration of the
mandate:
– if the members of the Board stopped being a member of the Association;
– upon personal request;
– due to 3 consecutive unexcused absences from the sessions of the Board;
– if his or her actions cause damage to the reputation of the Association;
– in other cases stipulated by the Law, this Statute or other Association acts.
The Board shall discus and decide on the caesura of membership, and the Assembly shall
verify the decision.
CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD OF THE ASSOCIATION
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 30
The Chairperson of the Board of the Association has the following duties and responsibilities:
– convenes the sessions of the Board on his or her own initiative or upon request of at least
1/3 of all members of the Board;
– manages the work of the Board;
– takes care about the implementation of the agenda, decisions, conclusions and guidelines of
the Assembly;
– orders for the execution of the income and expenditure plan of the Association;
– signs acts passed by the Board;
– individually or through members of the Board, realizes direct contact with all entities that
can provide financial and other assistance to the Association;
– prepares analysis, information and other materials for the Assembly;
– performs other duties as may be entrusted by the Assembly and the Board of the
Association.
In the case of the Chairperson‟s absence, he or she shall be replaced by one of the Deputy
Chair Persons of the Board, who will assume all the authority pertaining to the Chairperson of
the Board.
5.c – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 31
The Association has an Executive Director, who is appointed and dismissed by the Assembly,
on the basis of a public call, in accordance with the Law on Work in the Institutions of Bosnia
and Herzegovina and this Statute.
The person in charge of these tasks must know English and have experience that matches the
objectives and activities of the Association.
The Executive Director is responsible towards the Board and Assembly of the Association.
The Executive Directors mandate is 4 years.
Article 32
The duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director are to:
– be responsible for the organization and management of the Association, and to manage all
its material-technical and administrative tasks, according to the Regulations on the
systematization of jobs, with the description the activities and tasks;
– conduct the Associations operations responsibly and in accordance with the law;
– participate in the work of all organs of the Association;
– propose to the Board a Strategic plan and plan of activities for the current year and a yearly
financial plan of the Association;
– undertake measures and activities for the implementation of the adopted yearly plan,
decisions and other acts passed by the Assembly and Board of the Association;
– submit yearly and periodical work reports to the Board of the Association for adoption;
– present and represent the Association in public, upon authorization of the Board;
– perform other tasks in accordance with the Law and this Statute;
– represent the Association in legal matters.
– manage the hiring and dissmisal of personnel for the Organization
Article 33
The Executive Director‟s employment ceases:
– upon personal request;
– due to failure to perform satisfactory operations and tasks entrusted by the Assembly and
Board of the Association;
– in other cases stipulated by the Law and this Statute.
Article 34
The decision to dismiss the Executive Director shall be reached by the Board of the
Association.
7 – ASSOCIATION ASSETS
Article 35
The Association assets are comprised of financial assets, movable and immovable assets.
Movable and immovable assets consist of fixed assets and the inventory.
Article 36
Sources of income of the Association are:
– membership fees
– government subsidies and government contracts as well as contracts with public institutions,
physical and legal entities local and foreign;
– donations, sponsorships, presents from public institutions, individuals and legal entities
local and foreign, in cash, services or assets of any kind;
– interest, rents, royalties and other sources of passive income earned through the
achievement of the objectives and activities of the Association, as defined by the Statute;
– other income in accordance with the Law and this Statute.
The amount and manner of payment of membership fees, as well as the manner of using these
funds, is regulated by the Resolution on Membership, passed by the Assembly of the
Association.
Article 37
The Executive Director of the Association is responsible for financial-material operations of
the Association, who submits a report to the Board of the Association. The Board of the
Association submits the yearly financial plan and report to the Assembly of the Association
for adoption.
If for any reason, the Assembly cannot convene, the Board of the Association shall adopt a
temporary financial plan and report.
In accordance with the financial plan and agenda, the Association funds can only be used for
the purpose of realizing the objectives of the Association.
Article 38
In accordance with this Statute and the Law, the Board of the Association is responsible for
the realization, usage and disposal of Association funds.
Decisions on income, expenses, provision for losses and write-off of uncollectible receivables
are passed by the Board of the Association, in accordance with the financial plan and program
of the Association, and are adopted by the Assembly of the Association.
Article 39
The realization, usage and disposal of Association funds is established through the financial
plan (with accompanying revenue, activities and set priorities), which is passed by the Board
and adopted by the Assembly of the Association.
Article 40
Persons elected to functions in the Association and other persons can be awarded an
appropriate monetary compensation to cover expenses, incurred while performing the
entrusted tasks and duties.
The Resolution on Compensation from the previous paragraph is passed by the board of the
Association.
Article 41
The association is responsible for duly keeping business records in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles, and for constituting a semi-annual and annual financial
statement, in accordance with applicable legal regulations.
Control over the use and disposition of the funds of the Association is carried out by the
Assembly of the Association.
Article 42
Board of the Association may adopt ordinances and acts which more precisely regulate the
manner of acquiring and allocating resources.
8 – MERGER OR DIVISION OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 53
The Association may merge with other Association or divide into other Associations, in
accordance with the Law.
The resolution from the previous paragraph shall be passed by the Assembly with a two-thirds
majority vote amongst all members of the Association. This resolution shall regulate the name
and seat of the Association, as well as the division of property, rights and responsibilities, and
other status issues.
9 – TERMINATION OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 44
The Association may cease to work voluntarily or by force of law.
The resolution on the voluntary cessation of work of the Assembly of the Association shall be
reached by a two-thirds majority vote of all members of the Association.
The initiative for cessation of work of the Association can be started by 1/3 of all members of
the Association or by the Board, in the following cases:
1. if the Assembly has not convened in a time period twice as long as the one stipulated
by the Statute for the Assembly to convene;
2. if the number of Association members has reduced to less than three;
3. in other cases stipulated by the Law.
The initiative for passing the Resolution on Cessation of Work of the Association is submitted
to the President of the Assembly, who prepares the material for the Assembly.
Article 45
The Association shall cease to work by force of law in accordance with the provisions of
Articles 51 and 51 of the Law.
Article 46
The Association is responsible to report any statutory change to the responsible ministry
within the stipulated timeframe.
10 – DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS IN THE EVENT OF TERMINATION
Article 47
Concurrently with the Resolution on Cessation of Work of the Association, the Assembly
shall adopt a liquidation plan of the Association, which shall determine the division of assets,
rights and responsibilities of the Association, in accordance with the Law and this Statute,
provided that it is liable to settle any legal and contractual obligations beforehand.
The Assembly shall appoint a liquidator of the association, whose duty is to execute the
liquidation plan and who is authorized to represent the Association in the liquidation process
and in the process of applying for termination of the work of the Association before the
responsible authorities.
On the basis of the resolution of the Assembly of the association, the remaining assets, after
settling the obligations referred to in the previous paragraph, shall be distributed to another
association that has the same or similar objectives and activities/that performs the same or
similar operations.
11 – TRANSPARENCY OF WORK
Article 48
The work of all organs of the Association is public. Transparency of work is achieved through
direct information and through means of public information.
Article 49
The public is regularly informed on the positions, conclusions and operations of the
Association through press releases, the website and Facebook page, while the members of the
Association are informed through bulletins, telephone, e-mail or postage sent to their personal
address.
Every member of the Association has the write to make a written or verbal inquiry as to any
conclusion, decision reached or segment of work of the Association, and to receive a valid
response to this inquiry, in the shortest time possible.
The President of the Assembly is responsible for the transparency of the Association‟s work.
The President of the Assembly performs expert and administrative-technical operations, for
the purpose of realizing the objectives and activities of the Association.
12 – STATUTORY AND OTHER QUESTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 50
The basic and general act of the Association is the Statute of the Association.
The association may adopt other general acts: regulations, resolutions and rules of procedure.
General acts must be in accordance with the Law and the Statute of the Association.
Article 51
Amendments to the Statute of the Association shall be adopted by the Assembly of the
Association by two-thirds majority vote amongst all the members of the Association.
The initiative for amending the Statute may be started by 2/3 of total number of members of
the Association. The initiative shall be sent to the Board of the Association, which prepares
the proposal of the amendments to the Statute for the Assembly. Final amendments of the
Statute of the Association shall be adopted by the Assembly of the Association.
13 – SEAL AND TRADEMARK OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 52
The Association has a seal, round in shape with a 4 cm diameter, with text written in a
semicircular direction:The Association for Media and Civil Sociiety Development. The
middle of the seal features the Association Logo and the lower part has „Sarajevo‟ inscribed
over it. The acronym of the Association – URMCD is also a trademark of the Association.
Article 53
Use, storage and destruction of the Association seal is regulated by special instructions of the
Board of the Association, for the execution of which the Executive Director of the
Association is responsible.
Article 54
The Association for Media and Civil Society Development has its trademark logo. The logo
must feature the Associations acronym – „URMCD‟.
The Logo is circular in shape. The Background is gray, the right hand part of the circle
features a white fountain pen at 20% transparency. The Associations acronym is written over
the middle in white capital leters – URMCD, with the full name of the Association bein
written below in smaller white lowercase letters – Udruženje za razvoj medija i civilnog
društva.
14. – MANNER OF REPRESENTATION OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article 55
In legal matters, the Association is represented by the Executive Director and the President of
the Assembly, within their authority defined by this Statute and the Law.
Article 56
In proceedings where the Association participates as a party in order to exercise its rights,
duties and responsibilities before the responsible organs, the President of the Assembly of the
Association may give a written power of attorney to an attorney or other expert person for
representation.
15 – INTERIM AND FINAL PROVISIONS
Article 57
This Statute shall come into effect on the day of its adoption, and it shall be implemented
from the day of its entry into the Register of Associations with the responsible authorities.
Article 58
The interpretation of this Statute is provided by the Assembly of the Association.
President of the Assembly of the Association
Vladimir Čolaković