Article 1

A non-profit Organisation is founded with the trade name “Alien and Immigration Law Association (EDAM)”, which is situated in Athens.

Article 2

1. The purpose of the Organisation is to address every issue which deals with Immigration Law, both in theory as well as in the application of the same, from a perspective of Internal Law, Community Law and International Law. More specifically, it is focused on promoting and fortifying the framework within which the law is applied and dealing with the problems which arise from the applicable law which is in force and always having rule of law, equality and respect of human rights as its main goal.

2. The purpose will be fulfilled through the systematic review and assistance rendered to the agents who form the said Law. Through the cooperation with the persons who deal with the theory of Immigration Law or by the systematic practical implementation of the same. Through the periodical gathering of the members, lectures, discussion, announcements, publications on general theoretical and practical interests. Through the formation and organisation of conferences, communication with other organisations, associations, unions and entities in the same field, both inside and outside of Greece. The abovementioned list is indicative.

Article 3

The Organisations funds are raised through: a) Membership fees and enrollment fees and b) Every other legal means of income from the same.

Article 4

Persons who are permitted to be members of the Organisation are the following: a) Lawyers who deal with the practical implementation of Immigration Law, b) Lawyers, c) Public Prosecutors, Judges, d) Persons who deal with the theory of Immigration Law and relative areas of the law, law school graduates.

Article 5

The option to elect honorary Chairmen, honorary members and associates. Two honorary  Chairmen and two honorary Vice-Chairmen are elected by a decision of the General Assembly. Persons who provide valuable services to the Organisation within the framework of its purposes, may be elected as honorary members. Furthermore, associates of the Organisation who live abroad may also be considered as members by way of a decision of the Board of Directors.

Article 6

The acceptance or election of a member requiring a decision of the Board of Directors requires a majority vote of 2/3 of all the members on the Board.

The person who has been elected, accepts their membership in writing and accepts the terms and conditions of the present articles of association and must pay the enrolment fee.

 Article 7

1. The members are obliged to be present at the meetings of the general assembly of the Organisation, to take part in the general assembly and vote accordingly and to submit written proposals to the general assembly through the Board of Directors.

2. The members are obliged to pay the Organisation’s enrolment fees as well as the yearly membership fees. They must conform to the terms of the articles of Association, the decisions taken by the general assembly as well as those taken by the Board of Directors.

Article 8

1. Each member retains the right to leave the Organisation by stating their intention to the Board of Directors. They are obliged to pay the whole yearly subscription for the year in which they make their statement. The person’s membership is terminated upon acceptance of their statement by the Board of Directors. It terminates automatically at the end of the year in which they make their intentions known to the Board.

2. A member may lose their membership and not retain their capacity of being a member in the following situations:

a) if they do not pay membership fees for at least two years and have been asked to do so either verbally or in writing.

b) if they take a stand or conduct themselves in a manner which is contrary to the purposes of the Organisation or morally expose the Organisation before the Greek or International community.

c)  Abstain from their duties in the Organisation for a long period of time without reason,

d) if another significant reason is apparent. The Board decides on the deletion of the member from the Organisation. The Board’s decision may be challenged at the first General Assembly following the decision. The appeal against the decision must be submitted within a month of being notified of the same, by notifying the General Secretary of the Organisation.

3. On the 31/12 of each year, the General Secretary deletes all the members, who have lost their membership, from the Organisation’s register.

4. The Organisation is forbidden to be involved with any issues concerning political parties or pursuits of the labour unions.

Article 9

The Organisation is governed by the Board of Directors and the General Assembly of the members in the manner depicted below.

Article 10

a) There are nine members on the Board of Directors. There are also nine alternate members.
b) The members of the Board of Directors are voted for every three years by the general assembly of the members by way of a simple majority of the members present. The vote is held by secret ballot and the members may be re-elected to the Board. The members with the most votes after the place of the regular members of the Board have been filled, are called to be alternate members of the Board and are called upon to fill a position that is vacated by a regular member for any reason.
c) If there are no alternate members, the Board may be legally convened as long as there are no less than five members present, otherwise a new election will need to take place. The Board of Directors which has been elected by the simple majority, temporarily undertakes the duties of chairman and must convene within fifteen days from the date of the General Assembly and undertakes a secret ballot for the election of a chairman, three (3) Vice-Chairmen, a General Secretary and a treasurer.
d) Every member of the Board who is absent from 4 consecutive meetings without giving timely notice of their absence to the Chairman, is assumed to have resigned from their position and will be replaced by one of the alternate members.

Article 11

1. The Board of Directors handles the affairs of the Organisation, administers its assets and acts in any way in order to fulfil the purpose and functioning of the Organisation which does not fall to the general assembly through the articles of association. By way of a regulation, the Board may determine the functioning of the Organisation, especially with regard to the organising of gatherings, conferences, lectures, etc.

2. The Chairman or his replacement must invite all members to the Board meeting in due time. The meeting will be in quorum when five members are present and all decisions are passed by a simple majority of the members which are present. In the case of a tie in the votes, the Chairman’s vote is decisive.

3. The Board compiles the budget for the year following the meeting and the annual financial report for the year prior to the meeting, after reading the Treasurer’s report, which will all be placed before the general assembly at the annual meeting of the General Assembly which will take place in January of each year. The Chairman’s signature, or his replacement’s, is required for contracts entered into for debt instruments or to withdraw money from the bank or Building Society.

Article 12

a) The Chairman, or in the situation he is indisposed or does not exist, the Vice-Chairman, or if he too is indisposed or does not exist, the General Secretary together with the member of the Board who received the most votes, represent the Organisation before all the Courts and other authorities, signs (with the authority of the Board) contracts with third parties, signs orders of payment together with the General Secretary, calls the Board to meetings if he thinks it necessary or if three members of the Board ask him to, chairs the General Assembly and ensures that the decisions are executed.

b) The General Secretary, apart from the duties mentioned in paragraph (a) administers the Organisation’s offices, prepares, reviews and reports to the Chairman, the Board and the General Assembly on all issues which concern the Organisation.
c) The treasurer is responsible for the accounting services, they ensure that all monies are collected from enrolment fees as well as membership fees and they also take care of paying the obligations of the Organisation.

Article 13

The Board may form branches in all the capital cities of the County states in order to better attain its purposes.

Article 14

1. The General Assembly is constituted of all the tactical members of the Organisation who have paid their membership fees.

2. The annual General Assembly is convened during the month of January of every year on a day chosen by the Board. An emergency General Assembly may be convened if the Board believes it to be necessary or if at least twenty (20) members make such a request.

3. The invitation is made by any means deemed suitable and must be issued at least 10 days before the meeting.

4. The agenda is set by the Board.

5. Every member may be present in person or by proxy by another member, but no member can represent more than two members.

6. The General Assembly is in quorum if at least 1/3 of all the tactical members of the Organisation are present. If the quorum is not present at the first meeting, then a second meeting is convened one week later on the same day and at the same time. A quorum is reached by any number of members who are present at the second meeting.

7. Decisions are reached by a vote of the simple majority of the members who are present and represented. In order for a decision to be reached on an issue, the issue must be written on the agenda.

Article 15

The Articles of Association are amended by the General Assembly at meeting at which at least 3/5 of the Organisation’s members are present or represented and 2/5 of the members present must vote in favour of the amendment. The amendment is valid once all the legal procedures have been completed.

Article 16

1. The Organisation is dissolved by the General Assembly, where at least 4/5 of all the members are either present or represented and all of the members must vote in favour of the dissolution.

2. In the situation the Organisation is dissolved, its assets are transferred to the care fund of the Athens Law Society.

Article 17

The Organisation has a circular seal which bears the trade name of the Organisation

Article 18

Every issue which is not provided for herein, is regulated by law, the Board and the General Assembly.


Athens, 27-3-2007