OF THE ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS AWARDED THE EUROPE PRIZE
In order to establish closer ties between the towns awarded the Europe Prize, effectively
contribute to the exchange of information, improve the organization, means and methods of
interaction between the towns awarded the Europe Prize, the negotiating parties adopt the
І. NAME, LEGAL FORM AND GOALS
Article 1. Name and Legal Form
The Association of Towns Awarded the Europe Prize (hereinafter referred to the
“Association”) is an international non-governmental organization created under the auspices of
the Council of Europe; it is a voluntary organization of all the towns awarded the Europe Prize,
which is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on a European town for its actions in the
European domain and rewards municipalities for their active promotion of the European ideal.
The Association has its seal, which is kept in the city presiding in the Association.
Article 2. Electronic resource
The Association has its electronic resource, which is intended for official coverage of the
activities of the Association, publication of documents, minutes of the General Assemblies and
the Presidia of the Association and other materials.
Article 3. Goals and activities
The purpose of the Association is to achieve greater unity among its members by
exchanging information and discussing matters of common interest, particularly in the following
● interaction between state institutions and private organizations, as well as
organizations with mixed ownership, especially in the field of culture;
● European events;
● promotion of the idea of solidarity in Europe and mutual understanding between
● study of and participation in the exchange of knowledge and experience in the fields
of cultural and social development of the members of the Association;
● display of initiative to involve municipalities in active cooperation.
Article 4. Conditions for Joining
Towns awarded the Europe Prize automatically become members of the Association.
Article 5. Rights and Obligations
Members of the Association have the right to be represented at the meetings, conferences,
courses, seminars and other events held by the Association. Members of the Association shall
make efforts to share their knowledge and experience within the Association.
Article 6. Termination of Membership
Membership in the Association can be suspended at any time by a written application to
the President of the Association.
Membership in the Association can be restored at any time by a written application to the
President of the Association.
The President of the Association shall immediately notify all the Association members of
receipt of such applications.
III. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Article 7. Association Governance
The Association is governed by:
a) the General Assembly;
b) the President and the Vice-President;
c) the Presidium.
Article 8. General Assembly
The General Assembly, being the main advisory, decision-making and representative
body of the Association, consists of representatives of all members of the Association.
The exclusive competence of the General Assembly shall comprise:
● electing the presiding city and the vice-presiding city;
● electing the Presidium;
● opening Resident Representative Offices of the Association.
The General Assembly can:
● consider the general principles of cooperation of the Association members and make
● discuss any matters concerning the activities of the Association under the Statutes;
● organize interaction within the framework of international cooperation in the social
and humanitarian fields, as well as in the field of culture, education and health care;
● recommend ways to achieve friendly and partner relations between the Association
● determine the place and time of the next meetings of the General Assembly and the
Presidium of the Association.
The General Assembly shall be convened every time the circumstances so require, but
not less than once a year. Its participants can be at least one representative from each Association
member and one PACE representative.
Article 9. President and Vice-President
The mayor of the city elected as presiding in the Association is considered the President
of the Association.
The Vice-President of the Association is considered the mayor of the city elected as vice-
presiding in the Association.
In the absence of the President, the Association is headed by its authorized representative.
If the President resigns as President before his or her term of office expires, the powers thereof
shall be conferred upon the Vice-President of the Association until the election of the new
President of the Association
President of the Association shall:
be the official representative of the Association to third parties, including the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
be responsible for public relations of the Association;
head and organize the work of the General Assembly and the Presidium of the
notify the Association members of the agenda and the convening of the General
Assembly and the Presidium not later than two months prior to the meeting.
Article 10. Presidium
The Presidium is the executive body operating between the conventions of the General
The Presidium shall comprise:
1) representatives of the city currently presiding in the Association;
2) representatives of the city currently vice-presiding in the Association;
3) representatives of the city to have presided in the Association in the previous period;
4) representatives of up to seven other Association member cities approved by the
General Assembly of the Association;
5) a representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The members of the Presidium shall be elected for a period of two years by a simple
majority of the General Assembly.
The Presidium shall be convened at least once a year. The Association member city to
host the Presidium shall be approved by the General Assembly.
Representatives of other Association member cities can attend the meetings of the
Presidium without vote.
Each member of the Association can nominate an authorised person to be responsible for
maintaining contacts within the Association, as well as a representative from the youth
organizations of the city.
Article 11. Presidium Powers
The Presidium shall take any and all measures, initiatives or decisions that it deems
necessary to achieve the goals of the Association. In particular, it can:
1) organize conferences, courses, seminars. colloquia and other events;
2) annually present a program of activities for the next year;
3) initiate consultations with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;
4) report before the General Assembly on the progress made at least once every two
Article 12. Minutes of Meetings
The meetings of the General Assembly and the Presidium shall be minuted in its working
languages and signed by its President or the authorized representative thereof.
Article 13. Decisions
Decisions of the General Assembly and the Presidium shall be made by a simple majority
of the members present at the meeting. The decisions shall be passed on as recommendations to the mayors of the member cities and, if necessary, to the related organizations.
Article 14. Committees
The General Assembly and the Presidium can decide to create advisory or technical
committees to maintain the work of the Association.
Article 15. Experts and Observers
The General Assembly and the Presidium can invite experts to meetings to discuss
specific issues. The General Assembly and the Presidium can also allow representatives of the
advisory or technical committees to attend meetings as observers.
Article 16. Working Languages
The working languages of the Association are English, French and German. Translation
and/or interpretation into other languages can be provided at the expense of the delegation that uses them.
Article 17. Working Papers
The papers related to the agenda shall be drawn up in the working languages of the
Association and sent to all the Association members along with the invitations to the meeting.
Paperwork management shall be done by the city presiding in the Association.
Article 18. Presiding City
The presiding city and the vice-presiding city shall be elected by a simple majority of the
Association member cities present at the General Assembly. The term of the presidency shall be
two years and cannot exceed four consecutive years.
Article 19. Resident Representative Offices
In order to optimize its activity, the Association can open Resident Representative
Offices in the member cities of the Association. The application for the opening (closing) of a
Resident Representative Office shall be made by the member city where it is to be opened
(closed). The decision to open a Resident Representative Office is made by a simple majority of
the General Assembly.
The Resident Representative Office shall carry out its activity in the interests of the
Association and with regard to the nature of the laws of the country in whose territory this office operates. Only one Resident Representative Office of the Association can be created in the country.
Article 20. Running Costs
The city presiding in the Association in the person of the President of the Association
shall ensure the operation of the Association governing bodies. The city hosting the General
Assembly or the Presidium cover the running costs associated with the organization of the
meeting, including simultaneous interpretation into the working languages of the Association.
Article 21. Provision of Resident Representative Offices
The activity of the Resident Representative Office shall be provided by the members of
the Association in the territory of whose cities the Resident Representative Offices are located.
Article 22. Cooperation Principles
The Association shall cooperate under these Statutes with international organizations,
with intergovernmental organizations having specialized tasks in related fields.
The Association can take measures to allow representatives of intergovernmental
organizations to participate in its meetings without vote.
The Association can, if it deems it desirable, take any adequate measures for consultation
with public law entities, as well as with individuals and legal entities that are subjects of private law.
In the territory of each of its members, the Association shall enjoy the privileges
necessary for achievement of its goals.
The General Assembly participants, the Presidium members, the President and the Vice-
President of the Association shall enjoy such privileges and immunities as are necessary for
independent performance of their functions related to the Association.
Article 23. Dissolution of the Association
The General Assembly can decide to dissolve the Association at any moment.
VII. ENTRY INTO FORCE
These Statutes shall enter into force following the decision taken by a simple majority of
the General Assembly.
These Statutes was adopted and approved by the minutes of the General Assembly of the
Association of June 02, 2018 in Lublin, Poland.