EURIPA aims to address the health and wellbeing needs of rural and isolated populations and the professional needs of those serving them across Europe care irrespective of location, culture or resource.
EURIPA’s Principles are:
EURIPA’S objectives are:
Application for admission to membership in EURIPA shall be made to the Secretariat, which will present a recommendation to the Executive Committee. Admission requires a majority vote of members present and eligible to vote.
The official roles with in EURIPA are the Presidency and the Executive Secretary:
An Executive Committee shall be established to take the work programme forward between Annual General Meetings. The Executive Committee shall also undertake decision making when not to do so could prejudice EURIPA’s interests
The Executive Committee has the power to establish other sub- committees to help take forward EURIPA’s agenda and work programme.
An International Advisor Board (IAB) will be convened with the aim of informing and advising the Executive Committee. It will provide a wide and informed range of advice and input needed at national, regional, level and local levels across Europe.
Each country, through its national association membership of WONCA Europe, is entitled to nominate a rural representative to become their respective national delegate on the International Advisory Board (IAB). The Executive Committee is also entitled to nominate national and internationally recognised rural experts as additional delegates of the IAB. The Executive Committee has the responsibility to ensure that membership of the IAB achieves a balance between national representatives and “experts”.
The delegates at the International Advisory Board will share the same electoral period as the Presidency (3 years). IAB members can be re-elected with the support of their national association/college or the Executive Committee for a further 3 years provided that the exclusion criteria (11) are not met.
The Chair of the IAB will be nominated by the EURIPA Executive Committee.
The IAB will meet with the Executive Committee in their face to face meetings; delegates at these meetings will be free to speak but not vote. The chair of the IAB will attend and have a vote at all Executive Committee meetings.
The IAB may decide its own working procedures but these must be agreed by the Executive Committee.
The Secretariat will assist the Presidency, Executive Committee and other committees in carrying out their work. The Secretariat will be under the jurisdiction of the Executive Secretary.
In the event of the President relinquishing his/her post in the course of his term of office, the Vice President (or President Elect) shall take his/her place at the next Executive Committee meeting or Plenum (whichever comes first).
In order to guarantee continuity, it is desirable that the Vice President is confirmed at the next AGM as the President.
If the Vice President does not wish to become president new candidates for President and Vice President should be elected from membership of the Executive Committee at the next AGM.
In the event of the Vice president resigning, a new Vice President will be elected from the membership of the Executive Committee to be ratified at the next AGM.
If, in the opinion of a majority of all members of EURIPA, a national representative or member has been in serious breach of his/her duties as a member, especially if he/she has sought to act against EURIPA in a detrimental way or if he/she has failed to fulfil the qualifications governing representation, such member will be excluded from EURIPA.
A decision to exclude a member may only be taken by a 75% majority of all members of EURIPA present and eligible to vote (at the Annual General Meeting).
Membership at any of EURIPA’ committees (Executive, International Advisory and others that be established from time to time) will be cancelled if the member does not participate at three consecutive meetings of his respective committee unless the President intervenes due to extenuating circumstances.
EURIPA will normally meet in plenary once a year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will be presided over by the President and organised by the EURIPA Secretariat.
The AGM will take place at the most appropriate opportunity each year where as many members as possible are able to attend. The Executive Committee shall approve the venue and timing of future meetings.
All members of the Executive Committee, International Advisory Board and members of EURIPA are invited to attend the AGM:
The Executive Committee will hold 4 meetings per year: 2 meetings face-to-face and 2 by audio (or possibly video) conferencing.
Executive Committee meetings will be:
Decisions made at the AGM, which affect policy as a whole, will normally be by consensus. In the event of a vote, a decision will require a majority of those members present and entitled to vote. In the event of an equality of votes the President will be entitled in this case to a casting vote.
Modification of the Statutes shall require a unanimous decision. Changes in the statutes shall be notified to members at least two months prior to the AGM at which they are to be adopted.
Decisions relating to the European Communities will be taken only by a vote among the delegations representing organisations from the E U countries.
Unless a special power or attorney has been obtained, any legal document affecting EURIPA must be signed by the President and one other member of the Executive Committee. They are not obliged to prove their authority to a third party.
Decisions made at the Executive Committee meetings are normally by majority and in the event of an equality of votes the President will be entitled in this case to a casting vote.
In the case of such decision, the AGM shall decide on the method of liquidating EURIPA and the manner in which its assets are to be disposed of.