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ANADOLU AJANSI - AA AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE - AFP AGENCE MAURITANIENNE D'INFORMATION - AMI ATHENS NEWS AGENCY/ MACEDONIAN NEWS AGENCY - ANA / MPA AGENZIA NAZIONALE STAMPA ASSOCIATA ALGERIE PRESSE SERVICE - APS ALBANIAN TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - ATA CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY - CNA AGENCIA EFE,S.A. - EFE FEDERAL NEWS AGENCY - FENA CROATIAN NEW AGENCY - HINA LIBYAN NEW AGENCY - LANA AGÊNCIA DE NOTÍCIAS DE PORTUGAL,SA - LUSA AGENCE MAROCAINE DE PRESSE - MAP MIDDLE EAST NEWS AGENCY - MENA NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY - NNA SYRIAN ARAB NEWS AGENCY - SANA TANJUG TACNO - TANJUG AGENCE TUNIS AFRIQUE PRESS- TAP PALESTINIAN NEWS & INFO AGENCY - WAFA _____________________________
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ANADOLU AJANSI - AA AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE - AFP AGENCE MAURITANIENNE D'INFORMATION - AMI ATHENS NEWS AGENCY/ MACEDONIAN NEWS AGENCY - ANA / MPA AGENZIA NAZIONALE STAMPA ASSOCIATA ALGERIE PRESSE SERVICE - APS ALBANIAN TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - ATA CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY - CNA AGENCIA EFE,S.A. - EFE FEDERAL NEWS AGENCY - FENA CROATIAN NEW AGENCY - HINA LIBYAN NEW AGENCY - LANA AGENCIA DE NOTICIAS DE PORTUGAL,SA - LUSA AGENCE MAROCAINE DE PRESSE - MAP MIDDLE EAST NEWS AGENCY - MENA NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY - NNA SYRIAN ARAB NEWS AGENCY - SANA TANJUG TACNO - TANJUG AGENCE TUNIS AFRIQUE PRESS- TAP PALESTINIAN NEWS & INFO AGENCY - WAFA
" The General Directors of the Mediterranean countries news agencies who are participating in an international symposium called " Communication in the Mediterranean and the future " in Tunis between 19 and 21 November 1991 as part of a meeting organized because of the 30th anniversary of the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) :
Conscious of old and Omni-directional ties
between the two shores of the
Believing in the future development of closer information in this region
between the news agencies of the countries on the shores of the
v Stressing that information and communication will be able to play a basic role in the realization of the consciousness that it is necessary to strengthen the ties between Mediterranean countries;
v Believing that issues like democratization, human rights, socio-economic, cultural and scientific development, the environment, migration (and) peace and security in the Mediterranean could be subject to ties and dialogue between these agencies;
v Declaring that is necessary to achieve this communication with the desire of contributing to Mediterranean information and in the framework of free transfer of information;
v Thinking that meetings between Mediterranean countries news agencies at predetermined intervals will strengthen dialogue and cooperation among them and direct them to other areas of interest;
Declare their intention to set up a working group constituted of LUSA (
Committee will be charged with investigating possibilities and ways of
achieving the common objectives defined at the
of these exhortations, the signatories news agencies of the Tunis
Declaration met in a Constituent General Assembly in
: DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE
CHAPTER TWO : MEMBERSHIP
CHAPTER THREE : STRUCTURE OF THE
CHAPTER FOUR : GENERAL PROVISION
ARTICLE 1 : DEFINITION
An association known as the "Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies" is hereby created and called "AMAN ".
ARTICLE 2 : OBJECTIVES
ARTICLE 3 : MEMBERS
3.1 - The founding members are the signatory agencies of the Tunis Declaration, and precisely : Anadolu Ajansi (AA), Agence France Presse (AFP), Agence Mauritanienne d'Information (AMI), Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA), Algerie Presse Service (APS), Agenzia EFE (EFE), Al Jamahiryah News Agency (JANA), Agencia de Informacao (LUSA), Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP), Middle East News Agency (MENA), Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP), Palestinian News Agency (WAFA).
Mediterranean News Agencies which did not take part in the
3.3 - A candidate agency must first fulfill the following requirements:
shall formally accept and undersign the Tunis Declaration and the
Statutes of the
b) It shall be recognized as the agency representative of the internationally-recognized country in question.
c) It shall represent a country belonging to the Mediterranean area or a country having continuous and privileged relations with the Mediterranean basin.
d) Its Statutes and activity shall not carry any religious or racial contents.
e) A candidate agency must answer a questionnaire for application for membership.
3.4 - The
New observers can be an Alliance/Federation/Union/Association of
New observers can be admitted by a resolution of the General Assembly.
Observers can take part in General Assemblies without the right to vote; they
cannot be elected to the Follow-up Committee.
3.5 - The application for admission must be addressed to the Follow-up Committee, which will proceed to submit it to the next General Assembly.
3.6 - A resolution of the General Assembly for the admission of new members and observers requires a three quarters majority of the members present.
ARTICLE 4 : LOSS OF MEMBER STATUS
Every member can
withdraw from the
The General Assembly, upon request of the Follow-up Committee, can decide to exclude a member or to suspend his member rights in case of:
The relevant resolution of the General Assembly requires a three quarters majority of the members present.
ARTICLE 5 : MEMBERSHIP FEES
5.1 - The General Assembly, may fix the amount of the annual membership fee according to the different categories of members, as specified in article 3.1.
5.2 - The
5.3 - Membership
fees and donations will be kept in a bank account opened in the name of
ARTICLE 6 : STRUCTURE
The structure of
The General Assembly
v The President
v The two Vice-Presidents
v The Secretary General
v The Follow-up Committee
ARTICLE 7 : THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
7.1 - The
General Assembly consists of all the members of the
7.2 - The
7.3 - The General Assembly may be convened in extraordinary session upon request of the President, or at least of three member agencies.
7.4 - Both the ordinary and the extraordinary sessions are called and chaired by the President or, in case of his incapacity or impediment, by one of the two Vice-Presidents and can be held only in the presence of at least half of the member agencies.
7.5 - Each founding or ordinary member agency has one vote.
7.6 - The sessions of the General Assembly are open. They may also be convened in camera, without the attendance of the observers, once agreed upon by the majority of those present.
ARTICLE 8 : ORDINARY SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1. The ordinary session of the General Assembly;
the President and the two Vice-Presidents of the
v Elects the Secretary General;
v Decides on admission, exclusion or suspension of members
v Approves the annual budget;
v Evaluates the reports proposed by the Follow-up Committee and any other business it may deem necessary;
v If necessary, appoints a special committee with the specific task of examining controversies on the interpretation or the enforcement of the Statutes.
1. Resolutions of the General Assembly in ordinary session are taken by a majority of the members present.
8.3 - However, decisions by the General Assembly on:
v Appointment of the President and Vice-Presidents;
v Election of the Secretary General require a qualified majority of two thirds of the members present;
Admission of new member agencies to the
Admission of new members to the
ARTICLE 9 : EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
9.1 - The General Assembly in extraordinary session decides on :
v Amendment of the Statutes
v Dissolution of the association
v Other questions which do not fall within the scope of the ordinary General Assembly.
9.2 - Resolutions of the General Assembly in extraordinary session are taken by a majority of three-quarters of the members present.
ARTICLE 10 : THE PRESIDENT AND THE TWO VICE-PRESIDENTS
10.1 - The President shall be appointed for a term of one year. He shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the member agency which hosts the current General Assembly. He shall stay in office till the opening of the next ordinary General Assembly.
10.2 - The
President represents the
10.3 - The two Vice-Presidents shall be appointed for a term of one year. They shall be the Chief Executive Officers of the two member agencies which have, respectively, (1) assumed the previous presidency (First Vice-President) and (2) proposed to host the following meeting of the General Assembly (Second Vice-President).
10.4 - The President and the two Vice-Presidents may delegate their authority to a representative of the same agency.
ARTICLE 11 : THE FOLLOW-UP COMMITTEE
11.1 - The
Follow-up Committee is the executive body of the
11.2 - The Follow-up Committee consists of the President, the two Vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.
11.3 - The competence of the Follow-up Committee is the following :
v To implement the General Assembly decisions;
v To fix the date and Venue of the General Assembly meetings, in accordance with the hosting agency;
v To draw up the draft agenda of the meeting and send it to the members at least three weeks prior to the meeting of the General Assembly;
prepare for the presentation by the President to the General Assembly
reports on the activities of the
present to the General Assembly membership and withdrawal applications
11.4 - Resolutions of the Follow-up Committee shall be taken by simple majority of the members present. The President has a casting vote in the case of a tie.
11.5 - In the event of resignation of a member from the Follow-up Committee in between two General Assemblies, such member shall be replaced according to the following procedure:
a) If the vacancy affects the post of President, the new President shall be the first Vice-President;
v If the vacancy affects the post of first Vice-President, his position shall remain vacant till the next General Assembly;
v If the vacancy affects the post of second Vice-President, who has the task of hosting the next General Assembly, the Follow-up Committee is authorized to fill the vacancy by co-opting the senior Chief Executive Officer of any member agency ready to accept the commitment to host the General Assembly.
11.6 - The Follow-up Committee is called and chaired by the President or, in his absence, by the first Vice-President and must meet at least two months before the General Assembly, in order to prepare the agenda well in advance and distribute it to the member agencies at least three weeks prior to the General Assembly.
11.7 - If considered necessary, the Follow-up Committee may hold an extraordinary meeting.
11.8 - The quorum for the conduct of business within the Follow-up Committee is three.
ARTICLE 12 : THE SECRETARY GENERAL
12.1 - The Secretary General shall be elected for a term of three years, renewable.
12.2 - The applications for the Secretary General position shall be addressed to the Follow-up Committee before being submitted to the General Assembly.
12.3 - The responsibilities of the Secretary General are as follows :
a) To secure the continuity of the management between the General Assemblies.
v To secure the coordination between members.
v To prepare the necessary documents for decisions to be taken by the ordinary and the extraordinary General Assemblies.
v To secure the cooperation with other similar institutions.
v To present the annual budget to the General Assembly.
ARTICLE 13 : REPRESENTATION
13.1 - Each
member agency will be represented in the
13.2 - In the General Assembly and Follow-up Committee meetings each Director General may be accompanied by another member of the agency concerned without right to vote, the maximum from each thus being two persons.
ARTICLE 14 : LANGUAGES
14.1 - The
working languages of the
14.2 - The Statutes are drawn up in three languages : Arabic, English and French. In the event of a dispute over translation, the English text will be the text of reference.
ARTICLE 15 : DISPUTES ON THE STATUTES
In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Statutes, the General Assembly convened either in ordinary, or in extraordinary session appoints a committee formed by three delegates elected within the members, with the task of seeking a solution. The committee shall inform member agencies of its decision within a period of two months. Its decision will be discussed during the following General Assembly.
ARTICLE 16 : AMENDMENT OF THE STATUTES
The statutes can be amended only by the General Assembly, convened in extraordinary session, with a resolution taken by a majority of three-quarters of members present, according to articles 7.3 and 9.
ARTICLE 17 : DISSOLUTION
OFFICIAL ADDRESS OF THE
address of the
ARTICLE 19 : APPLICABLE LAW
In cases not expressly covered by this act, the French law will be applied.
ARTICLE 20 : ENFORCEMENT
The Statutes shall come into force once signed by the member agencies.