- European Confederation of Agronomist Associations
(Non profit-making association according to the Law dated
the 27th of June 1921)
Title I . - Official
name, registered office
The association is officially called CEDIA, Confédération
Européenne des Associations d’Ingénieurs
Agronomes, (The European Confederation of Agronomist Associations),
followed by the words: non profit-making association.
The registered office is currently established at the address
CEDIA, c/o K.U.LEUVEN Fac. L & TBW, Kasteelpark Arenberg
20, B - 3001 HEVERLEE (Belgium). By decision of the board,
it may be transferred to any other place in Belgium.
Title II . - Objectives
The objectives of CEDIA are:
To support the professional interests of its members
To protect and to conserve the environment
To promote European integration such as developing co-operation
between its members in the fields of information, continued
education and agrirural development
promote the general and specific interests of its members
in dealing with the European Union institutions as well
as with other bodies
CEDIA may undertake any action either directly or indirectly
relating to its purpose. In particular CEDIA may contribute
and get involved in any activity similar to its purpose
Title III . - Members, admission,
Can become members of CEDIA all the national associations
in Europe regrouping the entirety of the graduates of the
higher degrees in agricultural and / or related sciences with
a training scheme of at least eight semesters.
However when in a country such a national
association does not exist, the regional associations of graduates
or the associations of graduates of a school or a faculty
in agricultural and / or related sciences with a training
scheme of at least eight semesters can become a member of
Also, when a national association exists
but still is not a member of CEDIA, the associations mentioned
here above, being member of this national association, can
be exceptionally admitted individually to become a member
of CEDIA, awaiting the membership of the national association.
These associations have to fulfil the other
admission requirements foreseen in the statutes, namely these
related to the payment of their fees.
minimum number of members is five.
The related sciences are:
Managing of rural areas
Environmental studies applied to agriculture and rural areas
Civil and rural engineering
Agricultural Sciences and Techniques
Food Sciences and Technology
Managing water and environment
Tropical and Sub tropical Sciences.
2. Decisions on the admission of new members
are taken by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority
of the members being present at the vote.
3. Any member may withdraw from CEDIA at the
end of the current financial year subject to a period of notice
of at least 4 months provided the member is up-to-date with
4. Unless agreed otherwise by the General
Assembly, deciding by a two-thirds majority of the votes of
the members present, any member that fails to pay the subscription
fees set out in the budget, automatically resigns fully one
year after the summons for payment is issued by registered
letter by the President.
5. CEDIA continues to exist even if an organisation
or amicable representing a country resigns. The retiring member
loses all rights to CEDIA’s assets.
On the proposal of the Board, the General Assembly may take
decisions on admitting honorary members - financially or morally
supporting CEDIA - by a two-thirds majority of the votes of
the members present. Honorary members do not have the right
Les membres d'honneur n'ont pas de droit de vote.
A member may only be barred by a decision from the General
Assembly by a two-thirds majority of the votes of the members
Titre IV. - Subscription fees
The general assembly fixes the annual fee, which will be the
same for all the national associations with more than 1.000
members, excluding students. It cannot exceed the legal maximum
of 12.500 EURO per national association per year. If more
than one national association in the same country are members
of CEDIA, the board of CEDIA can approve the splitting of
this annual fee among the associations of this country, being
member of CEDIA.
For all the other associations the annual
fee will be fixed according to the rules fixed by the general
Titre V. - The bodies
The bodies for reflection, decision-taking
and working of the association are as follows :
1°. The General Assembly
2°. The Board
1°. The General Assembly
The General Assembly is the highest decision-taking body of
CEDIA. It examines and takes decisions on all issues within
CEDIA's purpose as defined in article 3. It has the powers
recognized by the law or by these statutes.
In particular, the following fall within the
scope of its competence:
1°. Modification of the statutes
2°. Appointing or dismissing the President and the other
3°. Approving the budget and accounts and setting the
4°. Admitting or striking members
5°. Voluntary dissolving the association
6°. Appointing the auditor
The General Assembly is made up of the representatives
of the member organisations.
At least one General Assembly must be held each year, at the
latest by the end of June. The General Assembly is convened
by the President or by one fifth of the members, in writing
addressed to every member at least one month before the Assembly.
The agenda is given in the invitation. Apart from the cases
foreseen under articles 8, 12 and 20 of the Law of 27 June
1921, the General Assembly may reflect legitimately on items
not mentioned on the agenda.
An extraordinary General Assembly may be called at any time,
on the basis of a decision by the Board or at the request
of at least one fifth of the members.
The President of the Board or his deputy chairs the General
All countries have the same voting rights. If more than one
association from the same country are member of CEDIA, this
number of votes will be split between them by the board of
CEDIA according to their representative ness in the country.
Resolutions are passed by simple majority from among the votes
of the members present, unless otherwise stipulated by law
or these statutes. Should there be no simple majority, the
President or his / her deputy shall have the casting vote.
Decisions taken by the General Assembly are recorded in a
register for the minutes, signed by the President or a Board
member. This register is kept at the registered office where
it may be consulted by any of the members. Decisions taken
are inscribed in minutes.
The board and president are elected by the general assembly
for a three-year mandate.
The president can be re-elected once only.
The board is made up of at least 5 members,
each representing a different country. The board elects from
among his members a first vice-president, a second vice-president
and a treasurer for a three- year mandate. Should the position
of the president, a vice-president or the treasurer become
vacant during their mandate, the board can appoint a new member
until the end of the mandate.
The Board may meet as many times as its finds necessary on
invitation by the President or three of its members. The agenda
is given in the invitation.
The Board has the most extended powers to deal with the administration
and management of CEDIA.
The following falls within the scope of its competence:
Managing and planning financial matters
and organising activities of CEDIA
Convening the General Assembly
Drawing up the annual report
Representing CEDIA in social events
Accepting gifts or legacies
Setting up or dissolving working Groups
Proposing internal rules or procedure to the General Assembly
Appointment of the secretarial staff members. The only acts
withheld from the Board are those, which fall, in the scope
of competence of the General Assembly as laid down by law
or in the statutes.
The President represents CEDIA in dealings with third parties,
in particular the Community institutions and other similar
bodies. The President ensures that the decisions taken by
the Board and the General Assembly are executed. The President
may be given any general or specific duties. To this end,
the President has the power of signature of CEDIA and may
authorise certain people to undertake specific duties on behalf
Should the President be unable to attend, the President's
duties and role are fulfilled by the first, or failing which,
the second Vice President. The Board may give the Vice Presidents
specific duties. The General Assembly may entrust the President
or the Vice Presidents of CEDIA to deal with specific or urgent
The General Assembly appoints each year an auditor, who is
not a Board member and whose duty is to verify the accounts
Titre VI. - Miscellaneous stipulations
CEDIA's financial year commences 1 January and closes 31 December.
The account and the balance sheet of the past financial year
and the budget of the next year are to be approved by the
general assembly, following the presentation of the report
of the auditor.
These statutes may be revised or amended by the General Assembly
with a 2/3 majority.
The dissolution of CEDIA can be decided by the General Assembly,
present with at least 2/3 of the present and represented members
and voting with a 2/3 majority. If 2/3 of the members are
not present, a second General Assembly will be organised,
voting by 2/3 majority of present and represented votes.
The following decisions will be taken:
Nomination of one or more liquidators
Destination of the assets to an association with similar
objectives as CEDIA.
Tout ce qui n'est pas prévu explicitement aux présents
statuts est réglé par la loi du 27 juin 1921,
régissant les sociétés sans but lucratif.
Laid down in Copenhagen the 13.th. of October 1996
(Published in “ Le Moniteur Belge” on 09-01-1997
Modified in LEUVEN the 29.th. of May 1998
(Published in “ Le Moniteur Belge “ on 01-10-1998)
Modified in Brussels the 2.nd. of March 2002