Feldenkrais EuroTAB Council
Article 1: Name and Seat
Under the name of “Feldenkrais European Training Accreditation Board Council”, the “EuroTAB Council” for short, exists an association according to the articles 60 and following of the Swiss civil code of law (Schweizerisches Zivilgesetzbuch).
The seat of the association is Bülach.
Article 2: Functions and Purposes
The aims of the EuroTAB Council are to maintain and develop the training standards of the Feldenkrais Method and promote international recognition of these standards.
The EuroTAB Council achieves this by
• administering, maintaining and developing the Feldenkrais training standards and related standards, including those concerning the Feldenkrais assistant trainers and trainers;
• administering, in regard to its aims and choices of action, the Feldenkrais European Training Accreditation Board, the EuroTAB for short, which is a committee of the EuroTAB Council accrediting trainings and certificating assistant trainers and the trainers.
The EuroTAB Council does not interfere in the internal administration of members associations, groups and guilds. Each constituent member retains its other existing functions.
Article 3: Composition and Membership
The EuroTAB Council is composed of recognized bodies (professional groups, associations or guilds of different nationalities and other interested groups and individuals.
Recognized professional groups, associations or guilds may be eligible to be Full or Associate members.
Criteria for membership
To be eligible for Full membership:
• Groups, Associations or Guilds must have a democratic process for it members. All Full members of Groups, Associations or Guilds must have voting rights and be eligible to stand for election to their Board of Directories
• Full membership of Groups, Associations or Guilds must be open to all Feldenkrais practitioners and teachers of good standing, who have completed a TAB-accredited training or process and reside in the country concerned.
This includes trainings taught by Moshe Feldenkrais himself as well as those he authorized the Feldenkrais Foundation to organize.
• Groups, Associations or Guilds must have a majority (i.e over 50%) of practitioners and teachers who have completed a TAB accredited training or process.
• Groups, Associations or Guilds must have seven or more Full members. Groups with less than seven Full members may be invited to the EuroTAB Council meetings as Associate members.
• Groups, Associations or Guilds must have a Code of Ethics or similar and a Standards of Practice or similar.
• Groups, Associations or Guilds must be recognized as such by each country’s authorities, if required by National Law.
Full members of the EuroTAB Council have voting rights and their representatives are eligible to stand for election to the Board (BOD) of the EuroTAB Council.
Associate members are groups and individuals who are invited and accepted by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly for a limited period of time.
They may not vote and their representatives are not eligible for election to the Board (Board of Directors) of the Council .Further Criteria for membership are defined in the Internal Regulations.
Article 4: Fees and Liability
ETC membership fees for regognized bodies (see article 3) are determined by the number of full and associate members of that organization.
Member fees are collected by the guilds from their Associate and Full members and transfered to the ETC treasurer.
Annual fees for full and associate members are determined yearly by the ETC General Assembly as proposed by the Board (Board of Directors). Internal Regulations determine the period and method of collection.
The liability of EuroTab Council is limited to the association assets. The total amount of any liability fee is limited to 100 Euro.The personal liability of each member of the ETC is excluded.
Article 5: Loss of membership
Membership may be lost through
• resignation; through dissolution of the member association/group/guild in accordance with its statutes when this concerns a recognized body;
• non-payment of the fee. This will be by majority decision of the general assembly
• infringement of the present statutes or through not fulfilling the criteria for membership according to the Internal Regulations
• for a serious reason. This will be by a two-thirds majority vote of the General Assembly, the member concerned having been called upon to provide explanations before the General Assembly.
Article 6: Financial resources
The resources of The EuroTAB Council include:
• fees and subscriptions from its members;
• state grants from national, international and other bodies;
• resources created in special ways including but not restricted to promotional activities and income from publications;
• fees from groups or individuals for services rendered by the EuroTAB Council and /or the EuroTAB;
• fines following from breach of the Internal Regulations;
• all income compatible with its functions and purposes.
Article 7: Bodies of the ETC
Bodies of the ETC are
• General Assembly
• Board of Directors
• Commissions ( for exampleEuroTab)
Article 8: General Assembly
The General Assembly is the supreme authority of the ETC. It is held at least once a year convened by the Board of Directors, who determines the place, date and agenda.
The BOD has to send out the invitation for the General Assembly to all members four weeks before the meeting in a written form together with the agenda.
Tasks and functions of the General Assembly
The General Assembly
• elects the Board of Directors and their substitutes and replacement of members vacating their positions before completing their mandate as determined by the Internal Regulations
• elects the revisor
• determines the amount of the annual fee as stated in Article 7
• approves the accounts for the past financial period and votes on resolutions for proposed budgets and other expenditures.
• deals with admissions and dismissals of members
• hears reports from the Board of Directors on the Council’s activities, ethical and financial position
• receives reports from its committees, commissions, and Guild representatives
• determines Internal Regulations, as proposed by the Board of Directors.
• considers matters placed on the agenda.
• decides, if ETC will be dissolved
• decides, how to distribute in the case of a dissolution the assets
All Full members and Associate members may send one representative to the General Assembly. Only Full members have voting rights.
Article 9: Voting process
Voting by proxy and voting by correspondence are authorized. Votes are calculated on a simple majority of votes expressed by those who have the right to vote and are present or represented.
Voting will be by secret ballot, if requested by at least one member.
Internal Regulations specify voting procedures. Only decisions with a bearing on items appearing on the agenda are valid.
Article 10: Extraordinary Meeting of the General assembly
An Extraordinary Meeting of the General Assembly may be convened by the Board of Directors, observing the formalities of the ordinary General Assembly. It has to take place also at the request of at least a fifth of those members who are entitled to speak and vote.
Alteration of the statutes and dissolution of the association require an Extraordinary Meeting of the General Assembly; such decisions require a majority of two-thirds of the members who are present or represented. Two thirds of the members at the time of the initial convocation must be present or represented. If this quorum is not achieved, a second Extraordinary Meeting of the General Assembly is to be convened on the same agenda, to be held not less than fifteen days after the initial one. The decisions from this General meeting, taken by a two-thirds majority, are valid whatever number of members are present and represented.
Article 11: Board of directors
The EuroTAB Council is administered by a Board, the Board of Directors, including at least the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
They are elected by the General Assembly.
The Board of Directors may delegate to its members or others, in accordance with its needs, powers and duties.
The Board of Directors has to manage all the current business and is representing the ETC to the the public.
Article 12: Remuneration
The Board of Directors shall not receive remuneration in connection with the duties entrusted to them. Only reimbursement of expenses is possible, on presentation of proof and with the agreement of the Board of Directors.
The Chairperson may call upon paid employees of the Council to attend the meetings of the General Assembly and of the Board of Directors in a consultative capacity.
Article 13: Meeting of the Council
The EuroTAB Council meets when convened by its Chair or by at least two of its members. A majority of the members of the the EuroTAB Council must be present for resolutions to be valid. Decisions are carried by a majority vote, the Chair or his Deputy having the casting vote when there is an equal division of opinion.
Meetings by telephone or other media without physical presence are deemed valid. Internal Regulations determine the methods of convening and of voting. Minutes of the meetings of the EuroTAB Council must be kept.
Article 14: Commissions
EuroTAB is a Committee of the EuroTAB Council, administered by the EuroTAB Council.
EuroTAB has autonomy from the EuroTAB Council with respect to the content of its decisions based on existing policy. The EuroTAB Council oversees the EuroTAB with regard to the EuroTAB following its policies correctly.
The EuroTAB Council advises the EuroTAB of the Council Members’ interests and ratifies new policy proposals
The EuroTAB provides a service to the Feldenkrais Community.
This service includes:
• Administering, maintaining and developing standards for the training of Feldenkrais practitioners,
• The accreditation of training programmes and training processes, and certification of Feldenkrais Trainers, Assistant Trainers and Trainer Candidates.
• Development of new policy drafts and proposals related to its administrative responsibilities, often in cooperation with the other Training Accreditation Boards.
• Promotion of curriculum research and development of the Feldenkais Method Structure of EuroTAB Members
The EuroTAB Council appoints all members of the EuroTAB, both voting and non-voting.
The voting members of the EuroTAB are from the Feldenkrais Community in those countries represented by the membership of the EuroTAB Council, and are practitioners from an TABaccredited process and certified assistant trainers and/or trainers.
1. The Members of the EuroTAB Council nominate practitioner candidates.
2. The Trainer/Assistant trainer body nominates Trainers and /or Assistant trainers candidates and provides the EuroTAB Council with recommended choices from this list of nominees.
The voting process takes place within the Council’s General Assembly.
EuroTAB Council may also suspend or terminate member term on the EuroTAB.
Grounds for such termination or suspension include (but are not limited to) ethical violations, violations of conflict of interest, violations of confidentiality, and any behaviour which harms the reputation of the EuroTAB or EuroTAB Council, or which impedes its functioning.
The EuroTAB Council is responsible for the administration of these processes
The Chairperson is a member of a EuroTAB Council member guild.
Declarations of candidacy for the position of Chairperson of the EuroTAB may be submitted by anyone who is a member of a EuroTAB Council member guild, and such a person may already be a EuroTAB member. When an existing member of the EuroTAB is appointed as the Chairperson, he/she must resign from their position on the EuroTAB.
Appointment of a new Chairperson is made by the Council, upon consideration of a recommendation from the EuroTAB.
The Chairperson of the EuroTAB may make motions, debate and vote in EuroTAB processes.
The ETC and EuroTAB will appoint liaison members to attend each others meetings by mutual agreement.
The EuroTAB Council may hire or contract for Secretarial services, such as Office Manager or other professional services needed for the working of the EuroTAB.
These will be non-voting members, but may make motions and speak in debate in EuroTAB meetings.
Fees and Expenditure for EuroTAB Services
The fees and other monies collected by the EuroTAB are part of the income of the EuroTAB Council.
The EuroTAB Council has a specific bank account for the fees derived from the work of the EuroTAB of accreditation of trainings and training processes and for certification of trainers, assistant trainers and trainer candidates. All expenses, which the EuroTAB incurs in carrying out its work, will be drawn on this account. These will include expenses from the work listed above, expenses developing new policy drafts, the promotion of curriculum research and development for the Feldenkrais Method. Any other expenses or fees, arising from the modification of the structure and activities of the EuroTAB to meet its developing functions, as agreed by the EuroTAB Council, will be drawn on and paid into this bank account.
Treasurer of the EuroTAB Council will manage the finances of the EuroTAB.
The EuroTAB Council Treasurer will present to the EuroTAB Council the budget and balance for this bank account annually.
The EuroTAB Council sets the fees for the services the EuroTAB provides for the Community.
Meetings of the EuroTAB
Meetings of the EuroTAB may take place live and by telephone, and under mutually agreed upon circumstances by e-mail and by fax. Proxy votes are not accepted.
The EuroTAB Council may modify the above structure of the EuroTAB as required to meet its developing functions.
The auditor is nominated by the ETC General Assembly. The auditor gives an auditing report to the General Assembly
Article 15: Internal regulations
Internal Regulations shall be established by the Board of Directors. They will be submitted for approval by the General Assembly. They are intended to determine various points not determined by the statutes, notably those concerned with internal administration, commissions, fees and objectives. This list is not restrictive.
Article 16: Dissolution
Should the Extraordinary General Assembly declare dissolution, one or more liquidators are named by the General Assembly. The assets are transferred by the same Assembly to associations with similar aims and, if these are lacking, to associations which help the disabled.
Article 17: Applicable law
These statutes shall be construed according to and governed by the law of Switzerland.
The legal venue is Bülach.
These statutes have been set up and have been approved by the General Assembly at the
Leila Malcolm Annette Orphal