(unofficial translation from the Italian enactment)

TITLE I

NAME - HEADQUARTER - SCOPE

Art. 1 - An Association named 'A.I.S.Re - Italian Association of Regional Science' is set-up with reference to the article 18 of the Italian Constitution, the articles 36, 37 and 38 of the Civil Code and the D.Lgs. December 4th, 1997 n.460. A.I.S.Re is part of the European Regional Science Association and the Regional Science Association International, for which it develops the collection and deposit of the membership rates.

Art. 2 - The Association’s headquarter is in Milan (Italy)

Art. 3 - The Association allows the setting up of sections, whose structure is established by a specific decision of the Association’s Board.

Art. 4 - The Association is a not for profit Association. A.I.S.Re pursues the aim of developing, mainly in Italy, the regional science. In order to do that, it: a) supports the circulation of ideas and research on regional issues utilising the tools, methods and schemes specifically thought for the regional analysis, as well as the adaptation of concepts, procedures and techniques developed by other sciences; b) it promotes and supports the diffusion and teaching of the regional sciences; c) it works for the recognition of the role and professional status of regional scientists; d) it develops the exchange of information, the national and international networking among scholars and institutions actively involved in regional studies, the cooperation with similar associations; e) it promotes scientific and technic publishing on the subject of regional science; f) it organises a conference, usually yearly, in addition to national and international workshops on the subject of the regional science.

TITLE II

MEMBERS

Art. 5 - The Association allows ‘Individual Members’ among natural persons of full age who ask for membership, who commit themselves to pursue the aims of the Association and pay the annual membership rate. With the approval of the Association’s Board, Institutes, research centres, public and private Institutions, firms and other organisations interested in regional studies can be admitted as 'Collective Members’. Each Collective Member nominates, and communicates to AISRe Secretary, its representative who is entitled with the same rights of Individual Members. Admission procedures are the same for both the membership categories. They occur upon written requests of candidates.

Art. 6 - Members have to: a) yearly pay the membership rate; b) collaborate to the aims of the association listed in the article 4 of this Statute; c) maintain a behaviour that is adequate to the Association’s scope and social interests.

Members have the right: a) to participate to ordinary and extraordinary assemblies and express their vote; b) take part to social initiatives; c) candidate themselves to the elective roles of the association and serve in them, except for the limitations listed in the article 18; d) use the assets of the Association and enjoy its facilitations; e) get help and assistance from the Association in the fulfilment of the aims listed in the article 4 of this Statute. Last two bullets in this article are exercised in the ways established by the Association’s Board. Limitations to the members’ rights due to his/her temporary participation to the activities of the Association are excluded.

Art. 7 - The Member extinguishes his/her/its membership in the case of: a) voluntary resignation (no rate transmission is allowed); b) loss payment of the annual rate within 90 days from the beginning of the fiscal year; c) radiation decided by the unanimity of the participants to the Board Council against persons assuming behaviours or acts inadequate to the interests and reputation of the Association; d) death in this circumstance the rate is transmittable without financial appreciation.

TITLE III

ASSOCIATION’S AUTHORITIES

Art. 8 - Association’s authorities are: a) Members’ General Assembly; b) Association’s Board; c) President; d) Secretary; e) Treasurer; f) Auditors’ College.

TITLE IV

MEMBERS’ ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY ASSEMBLY

Art. 9 - Compulsorily, the Members’ Ordinary Assembly is called by the President once a year, usually during the Annual Conference, in order to: a) nominate each three years the Association’s Board and the Auditors’ College; b) approve the economic and financial balance sheet and the general report on the activities of the last fiscal year; c) approve the activities’ program; d) establish the membership rates as expressed in the article 6 of this Statute. Members’ Ordinary Assembly is the natural moment for the Members to propose programs, activities and any other proposal in order to improve the fulfilment of the Association’s aims.

Art. 10 - Members’ Ordinary Assembly is convened by the President via postal and/or email with reception notice or, in absence of a valid email address, via ‘ordinary’ postal parcel, sent to the home address communicated to the Association’s Secretariat at least 30 days before the Assembly. A copy of the convocation has to be exhibited for the same period at the Association’s Secretariat and posted on the Association’s web site. The convocation has to specify the day, the time and the venue of the Assembly and the list of the items to be discussed. The President has to update the order of the day with the issues requested by at least 10 members via a postal registered mail sent at least 15 days before the day of the Assembly. These issues should be communicated and posted with the same procedure described in the previous articles at least 2 days before the day of the Assembly. The economic and financial balance sheet of the last fiscal year composed by the Treasure, accompanied by the report of the Auditors’ College, constitutes an integration to the order of the day.

Art. 11 - The Assembly is ruled by the President and is valid in first convocation when the participants are at least one fourth (25%) of total members, in second convocation any level of participation is valid. Each Member can express one vote, with no influence of the paid rate. The Assembly’s decisions are approved with the majority of the participants entitled to vote. With regard to the decisions that involve their responsibility (directly), such as the approval of the economic and financial statement, the members of the Board of Directors and the members of the Board of Auditors are not entitled to vote. The Assembly can be held in first and second convocation in the same day. Individual members and the representatives of Collective members cannot nominate delegates for their participation to the Assembly. Under the decision of the Board of Directors, on specific targets, remote voting is permitted as well. In this case, the notification of the Assembly’s convocation has to contain le full text of the proposed decision/deliberation. Remote votes have to be received by the AISRe Secretariat with enough time to communicate the result of the decision at the Assembly. Remote voting has to be formulated using the form provided by the Association in order to guarantee the regularity and secrecy of the vote itself. The forms of the voting remote members have to be sent to the Secretary via postal service. They have to be opened by the Secretary and two appointees nominated by the Board of Directors.

Art. 12 - The Non-ordinary Assembly is convened by the President on his own initiative, or upon the decision taken by the majority of two thirds of the participants to the Board of Directors, or upon a motivated request of at least one fifth of the Members, or upon the unanimous decision of the Board of Auditors. The President has to call for the members within up to sixty days from the request and according to the procedure stated in the Art. 10 of this Statute. The Non-ordinary Assembly addressed to modify the Statute and the dissolution of the Association is valid when there are at least half of the Members in first convocation, and when there are at least three tenth of the members in second convocation, and decisions are deliberated by the majority of two third of the voting members, both in the first and in the second convocation. With regard to further situations not explicitly mentioned in this article have to be applied the norms contained in the Art. 9, 10 e 11 of this Statute.

TITLE V

BOARD OF DIRECTOS

Art. 13 - The Board of Directors is the authority to execute the decisions of the Assembly and it has the powers for the ordinary and extra-ordinary administration, excluded those of the Assembly itself. The Board of Directors lasts three fiscal years. It is constituted by 15 members: twelve elected among the members by the General Assembly, and the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer in office during the previous fiscal year. These three members have the right to be part of the newly appointed Board of Directors but they are not entitled to held the positions of President, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The Board of Directors can be widened up to seventeen members via the co-optation of persons who have given an important contribution to the development of the Regional Sciences. The co-optation has to be decided unanimously among the members participating to the meeting of the Board of Directors. The responsible of the Local Organising Committee of the annual Conference is entitled to participate to the meeting of the Board of Directors but has not the right to vote the deliberations concerning the Conference itself. The Board of Directors nominate the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer among its own members. The Board of Directors has the task of: a) approving the program of the activities that has to be presented to the members’ Assembly; b) managing the assets of the Association and take decisions on the passive financial commitments on the basis of financial cash availability and given credits based on a budget plan; c) promoting institutional initiatives within the aims of the Association; d) approving the admission of the new members and deciding the expulsion of the members who have demonstrated to be unworthy of participating to the Association; e) proposing to the Assembly the economic and financial report drawn up by the Treasurer and the activity report; f) deciding the acceptance of possible donations, bequests and financial contributes; g) preparing the executive guidelines of the various Association’s activities; h) ask the Treasurer for the accounting situation, whenever considered necessary; i) guaranteeing the practicality of the Association and the due assistance to the members; l) deciding the acceptation of the resignation of Counsellors or Auditors and the nomination of their substitutes, according to the following indications; m) organising the annual Conference of the Association; n) appointing the Local Organising Committees of the annual Conference of the Association and other institutional activities, as well as, the editors of the publications. In order to fulfil the abovementioned tasks, the Councillors can assume specific responsibilities in the realm of the sectors of activity of the Association. The meetings of the Board of Directors are convened by the President upon his own decision or upon the request of at least three Councillors. They are valid when there are at least half plus one participating Councillors. In order to guarantee the validity of the meetings absent Councillors with a written justification are considered present, but the effective participants cannot be less than seven. The Board of Directors takes decision with the majority of the votes; In the case of parity, prevails the vote of the President.

TITLE VI

PRESIDENT - SECRETARY - TREASURER - BOARD OF AUDITORS

Art. 14 - The President is the representative of the Association, supervises its functioning and the implementation of the activity program, rules the meeting of the Boads of Diectors, legally embodies the Association with third parties and under judgement. In the case of long term absence o impediments, the role of President is assumed by the Secretary. In the case of simultaneous absence or impediment by the President and the Secretary, their roles are assumed by the Councillor who has received the largest number of votes among the rest of the Councillors.

Art. 15 - The Secretary proposes to the Board of Directors the activity program of the Association and execute it maintaining the necessary contacts with the members. The Secretary is the depositary of the minutes of the Assemblies and the meetings of the Board of Directors. A the end of the fiscal year, the Secretary has to draw up the activity report that will be presented, after being approved by the Board of Directors, to the Ordinary Assembly of the Members. The Secretary can have at his/her disposal a fund for current expenses whose amount has been previously decided by the Board of Directors. A Councillor, appointed by the Board of Directors, takes the Secretary’s place when absent or hindered for a long period.

Art. 16 - The Treasurer has is in charge of all the financial activities related to the administration of the Association in the context of the decisions taken by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is entitled to sign deposits and accounts registered in name of the Association in bank institutes and/or postal institutes. The Treasurer is entitled to update le fiscal books/accounting and draw up, within thirty days from the end of each legal year, the financial and economic report that will be presented to the Assembly of the members by the Board of Directors. A Councillor, appointed by the Board of Directors, takes the Treasurer’s place when absent or hindered for a long period, assuming all his functions and rights to sign. The practice of the sign by this Councillor presumes the absence or impediment of the Treasurer.

Art. 17 - The Board of Auditors is made of three members and two substitutes, identified among the Members who are experts of accounting. They are appointed by the Assembly and their mandate lasts for three fiscal years. The Board of Auditors nominates its President among its members. The Board of Auditors has the task of the continuous/on-going supervision of the economic and financial management of the Association and has to combine the annual reports with its report to the General Assembly of the members, expressing its opinion on them. Each three months, the Board of Auditors can ask the Treasurer to check the cash, periodically controlling the fiscal books/accounting. The President and the rest of the Board of Auditors take part to the meetings of the Board of Directors but they are not entitled to vote.

Art. 18 - Candidates to the elective authorities have to send their written candidacies to the Secretary at least twelve hours before the first convocation of the Assembly stating the role they aspire to. Each member can express his/her candidacy to the Board of Directors or the Board of Councillors. Councillors who have been elected or co-opted or chosen as substitutes in the expiring Board can express their candidacies again, also in the Board they were not part of. When newly elected, or co-opted or chosen as substitutes, These Councillors could not candidate to any authority in the next three-year mandate.
The entitled/assigned Councillors cannot express their candidacies for the next three-year mandate. For the nomination of the Board of Directors, each member can express up to three votes. For the nomination of the Board of Auditors, each member expresses two votes. In the case of equal votes the elder member is elected. In the case of vacant Councillors, their place is taken up to the end of the mandate of the Board of Directors by the first excluded candidates. In the case of resignation or forfeiture of an Auditors, his/her place is taken by the elder substitute up to the end of the mandate of the Board of Auditors. All the institutional roles of the Association are assumed for free.

Art. 19 - In order to support the active participation of members and enhance the development of the activities of the Association, under the decision and supervision of the Board of Directors, it is possible to constitute territorial working groups and special commissions to which entrust the task of collaborating with the Councillors with specific roles in the various operational sectors. Each group regularly refers to a Councillor.

TITLE VII

ASSETS - FISCAL YEAR

Art. 20 - The assets of the Association are made by the registration fees minus the expenses for the management of the Association, by the goods and the activities of the Association itself, as well as by possible donations, bequests and financial contributes, whose acceptation has to be deliberated by the Board of Directors. During the life of the Association the distribution, even indirect, of neither profits/incomes and surplus or capital funds and reserves is not allowed, with the exception that their destination and distribution has been decided by law.

Art. 21 - The economic and financial report of the Association is drawn up by the Treasurer, approved by the Board of Directors, combined with the report of the Board of Auditors and presented to the Assembly for approval.

Art. 22 - The fiscal and social year of the Association last from July 1st of each year and 30th June of the next one.

TITLE VIII

ASSOCIATION’S DURATION AND DISSOLUTION

Art. 23 - The Association has not a fixed duration and its dissolution can occur only under the norms contained in the second comma of this article. The dissolution of the Association is decided by an ad-hoc convened Non-ordinary Assembly of the Members with the majority of the votes of the two third of present members. The assets of the Association, if any, is devolved by the Assembly to non-profit Authorities or Institutions with tasks that are similar to those listed in the Art.4 of this Statute. In order to do that, the Assembly will have to nominate one or more liquidators, establishing their powers.

Art. 24 - The Association applies, as compatible and not disregarded by this Statute, the norms of the Civil Code on Associations that are contained in the Capo II, title II of the Book I of the Civil Code. Also, as far as possible, when deals with conditions that are not ruled by the abovementioned articles, the Association applies the norms on the Assemblies and the exercise of the right to vote contained in the Art 111, comma 4, quinquies, of T. U. on direct taxes (d. lgs. N. 917 del 1986).