Statute - Comments after Prague 2007
Italian proposals Jan. 2006
Final proposal 27/03/03
Synopsis of Proposals
Proposal for a new Statute
Considerations on the Statute
Constitution Roma 2003
PROPOSAL FOR A NEW STATUTE APRIL 2002
Dear Friends and colleagues,
this is a first draft of a proposal of a new Statute for our
organization, I have worked on it toghether with our friend Gian
Paolo Trivulzio, according to the "Consideration" that
you find in different languages on the main page of this menu, and
taking into account the debate that a group of u has had in Lausanne
at the beginning of February.
Please consider that is only an attempt which is waiting for
your precious advise and for your suggestions and comments. We will
have time to discus on it in Madrid, but it is very important that
you take it into consideration in these months, so that in Madrid
we can work on a shared basis. I will be happy of providing further
details on the idea that sustains my proposal and to agree with
you needed amendments.
I hope that the aim of restyiling the Statute of Intersteno can
become reality in next Congress in Rome, following the efforts that
all we have done in the last years.
With my best regards
20th April, 2002
Under the name of INTERSTENO
Worldwide Association of Information (Communication?) Processing an
association has been formed.
The Association pursues, on the
basis of unsalaried activity, exclusively and directly nonprofit-making aims as
defined by the section of German Law on activities enjoying tax privileges and
by the rules stated by the European Union.
It promotes international thinking
and the idea of understanding among nations.
The Association is a disinterested
organization; it does not have profit-making goals in the first instance.
The Association's means may be used
only for aims in accordance with the statutes. No financial gain from the
organization's means accrues to its members. No person may benefit from expenditure
that is beyond the scope of the Association's aims or from excessively high
dues and/or fees.
The Association does not allow any
discussion of a political or religious nature.
The official seat and jurisdiction
of the Association is Bonn. It is entered in the Register of Publicly
It is represented legally by its
In particular its aims are:
· To associate stenographers, typists, and, in general, reporters of all
countries regardless of the means used in their activity;
· To enlighten and look after the profession of reporting, intended as the
activity of a person, also within the frame of a company, devoted to rendering
available the spoken language or any other form of communication for multimedia
access by the means of fit technologies; to promote a broader understanding and
acceptance of the reporter as an integral part of the communication treatment;
To gather, exchange, and spread all professional information; to further
the exchange of professional knowledge and to disseminate, by all appropriate
means and to the extent permitted by law, accurate knowledge and information
with respect to the reporting profession;
·To organize meetings and to establish contacts among the associated
members; to conduct educational seminars and conferences related to reporting;
to advance joint studies concerning the reporting profession;
·To organize international contests in order to improve the human
capabilities in the use of reporting techniques and technologies;
·To encourage, establish, and maintain high standards of professional
education, competence, and performance of reporters; to stimulate and encourage
the establishment and maintenance of appropriate training and educational
facilities and programs for persons interested in the profession of reporting;
to promote reporting as a successful career; to promote and encourage
development of reporting skills by the use of updated and different
technologies; to promote reporting technologies by all different methods; to
conduct and promote lawful and proper technical and business research to
enhance reporting services.
·To apply the knowledge and experience of reporters, working in
cooperation with public institutions and private companies, in order that the public
good may best be served, and to promote a broader understanding within the
profession of the responsibility of a reporter to participate actively in the
achievement of this objective;
·To favor the awareness of the public regarding the special competency,
importance, and value of reporting; to cooperate with local governments,
agencies, and other organized groups for improving the acknowledge of reporting
benefits and for disseminating techniques and technologies, together with the
necessary education of human resources;
·To cooperate with local governments, agencies, and other organized
groups for the benefit of the reporting profession; to advance the interests
and general welfare of the reporting profession; to defend the moral and
material interests of the professional, individuals or groups;
To do any and all things that are lawful and appropriate in the
furtherance of these purposes.
Members of the
Association are individuals who subscribe to and support the purposes of the
Association and pay the annual dues, regardless of being a juridical or
Each member can
vote in the General Assembly.
Classes of members
can be decided taking into account different benefits and different duties for
various kinds of participants.
Bodies of Association
The bodies of the Association are:
Board of Directors
Intersteno Parliamentary Reporting Section (IPRS)
Unless otherwise specifically
provided by this Statute, a majority vote shall govern. No member shall vote by
The President represents the
Association and performs all duties incident to the office of President and
such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of
Directors. The Vice President aids the President in the leading activity and
performs the duties of President while the President is absent or as otherwise
The Secretary Treasurer ensures the continuity of the Association's activities; carries out all administrative
duties; controls the financial affairs of the Association; draws up the agendas
for the Board of Directors, Central Committee, and General Assembly in
consultation with the President; keeps the Central Committee informed of his
Board of Directors
The policy-making body of the
Association shall be the Board of Directors, which shall manage and direct the
affairs of the Association.
The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, the Secretary
Treasurer, the Vice President (President of next Congress), the Jury President,
and the Coordinator of the Scientific Board.
The Board of Directors may appoint
ex officio members without voting rights.
A quorum shall consist of one half
(1/2) of the full members of the Board of Directors. The members of the Board of
Directors may participate in any meeting by conference call; such participation shall constitute presence
in person at such meeting.
The President may request action by
the Board via unanimous written consent. Unanimous written consent by all
voting members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a valid action and
shall be reported at the next meeting of the Board.
The Jury is composed of the
President and two members. The members are nominated by the Central Committee
within its members on proposal of the Jury President.
Its duty is to constantly upgrade
the rules for competitions in accordance with the needs of the organization of
the next Congress and with the development of techniques and technologies. On
the occasion of each Congress or international competition, on proposal of the
Jury and after hearing the views of the President of the next Congress, the Central
Committee shall vote on upgraded rules.
The Jury for each Congress or
international competition nominates as many Jury assistants as are needed from
the competitors countries and is in charge of the fair organization of
The Scientific Board is composed of
the Coordinator and two members. Members are nominated by the Central Committee
on proposal of the Coordinator within its members.
Its duty is to follow the studies
and the research of Intersteno in the fields of its activity, to organize the
Congress sessions, and to propose cultural and scientific programs to the
In order to ensure the effectiveness of the Association in all countries and to
follow special tasks, the Board of Directors may appoint up to 15 Zone or
Special Delegates. The task of Delegates is to promote the Intersteno
activities in the assigned areas according to the Statute and to the
indications of the Board.
belonging to one country or to a group of countries may propose their own
Intersteno Parliamentary Reporting Section (IPRS)
Intersteno Parliamentary Reporting Section (IPRS) is an autonomous body within
the frame of the Intersteno Association, which keeps contact among the
Parliamentary reporting services in the world and their professionals.
According to its own rules, the IPRS elects a Coordinator who is by right a
member of the Central Committee.
The Central Committee is the consulting body of the
Association. It shall be composed of the Board of Directors, the Delegates, and
the Coordinator of the IPRS. It meets at least once a year.
Its function consists of preparing
the General Assembly, drawing up the program of the Association's activities
and the contest regulations, supervising and assisting the Board, and solving
all problems important for the Association. It is entitled to nominate
committees for the study or the working out of special problems (e.g., the
editorial work of an informative periodical).
If no General Assembly can be held,
it appoints members of the Board of Directors.
A quorum of one half (1/2) of the
full members and at least three fifths (3/5) of the Board of Directors is
requested for decisions of the Central Committee.
far as applicable, the same rules of the Board of Directors are used for the
Central Committee meetings.
The Auditing Committee is composed
of three members elected by the Central Committee on proposal of the Secretary
Treasurer. Members of the Auditing Committee cannot be members of the Central
General Assembly, Congress, Competitions
The General Assembly is composed of
all members of the Association and is the main authority. Only members who have
duly subscribed the dues can vote.
It meets normally on the occasion of
the Congress. A record is to
be kept of the General Assembly. Resolutions are to be recorded verbatim. The
record is to be signed by the Secretary Treasurer and by the President. Decisions can invest only items
included in the agenda.
An extraordinary General Assembly is
convoked by the President in cases foreseen by the Statute.
Every two years a Congress will be
held. In every Congress international contests or other international
activities can be organized. The details are laid down in accordance with
special regulations by the Central Committee or, in case of urgency, by the
Only members shall be eligible to
hold an elective office of the Association.
The President is elected by the
General Assembly and serves a four-year term.
The Secretary Treasurer is elected
by the General Assembly and serves a six-year term.
on proposal of the Secretary Treasurer, nominates the Vice President, who is
normally the President of the next Congress. The Vice President serves until
the end of the next Congress.
The Jury President and the
Coordinator of the Scientific Board, on proposal of the Secretary Treasurer,
are elected by the General Assembly and serve a four-year term.
The Association budget is prepared
by the Secretary Treasurer, checked favorably by the Auditing Committee, and
adopted by the Central Committee with a majority vote and three fifths (3/5) of
the Board of Directors.
The financial means at the disposal
of the Association are:
a) members fees;
b) subscriptions and sale of
c) subsidies, donations, and
The annual dues shall be payable in
Euros and shall be set by the General Assembly.
Any increase in the annual dues
shall be recommended by the Central Committee and approved by the General
The General Assembly can fix
different dues for companies or other bodies in membership.
The annual dues are due and payable
by January 1 of each year.
Rules for sustaining expenses of the
Board of Directors and other bodies of the Association are decided by the
Amendments of the Statute
The existing articles may be revised
by an extraordinary General Assembly.
For modification of the articles, a
majority of two thirds (2/3) of the votes is required.
If the organization no longer
pursues its stated aims, its assets will be passed on to the Red Cross.
The Central Committee has the right
to decide above what is not provided for in the present Articles. In such cases
decisions are to be ratified by the General Assembly.
The first Articles of INTERSTENO
were drawn up in Monaco on August 1, 1959.
The latest modifications were
adopted in Rome on July 19, 2003.