Article 1. Name of the Association.

1.1. Name of the association: “The Association of Biotechnology of Latvia” (hereinafter -Association)

Article 2. Goals, tasks and methods of activities of the Association.

2.1. Purpose of the association: to unify in common activities the legal and individual entities of Latvia associated with biotechnology, promoting development of the sphere of biotechnology in Latvia.

2.2. Tasks of the association are as follows:

2.2.1. To organize clusters and other organizational structures, which can unify the members of the association in common activities;

2.2.2. To cooperate with organizations representing biotechnology abroad; including, participation in international projects, creating possibilities for mutual and versatile exchange of information;

2.2.3. To publicly express opinions regarding current and problematical issues associated with biotechnology;

2.2.4. To exchange ideas on issues of biotechnology between the members of the association, other organizations in Latvia and abroad, structures representing the government of the Republic of Latvia and general public;

2.2.5. To participate in local and international projects, promoting achievement of the goals of the association;

2.2.6. To promote possibilities of training and education of biotechnology, preparation of new specialists for spheres associated with biotechnology and its application;

2.2.7. To promote recognition of the members of the association, organizing co-stands at exhibitions, participating in conferences and other meetings regarding biotechnology.

2.3. In order to achieve the goal of the Association set in the statutes and to fulfil the task of the Association, the Association applies the following methods:

2.3.1. Collecting, summarization and distribution of information on biotechnological researches and their utilization, introduction of associated innovations into production, as well as on accessible public and private financial resources;

2.3.2. Organization of informative presentations, meetings, seminars, conferences and other events, associated with the activity purposes of the Association;

2.3.3. Cooperation with legal and individual entities, if their activities are associated with researches, development, introduction and transfer of biotechnology;

2.3.4. Participation in local and international projects, where achievement of purposes of the Association is promoted;

2.3.5. Formation of expert groups for solution of issues associated with biotechnology;

2.3.6. Purposeful involving of mass media for promotion of the potential of biotechnology;

2.3.7. Any other legal actions, associated with achievement of the goals of the Association.

Article 3. The validity term of the Association.

3.1. The association is established for an indefinite term.

Article 4. The order of entering into, withdrawal and expulsion from the Association.

4.1. Any capable individual or legal entity or a legally capable personal organization, upon submission of a written Registration form may enter the Association. The application form and the list of additional documents are defined by the Board of the association.

4.2. The decision on acceptance of a member is made by the Board. The Board must review the application of the petitioner during the nearest meeting, but not later than within two weeks after the moment of reception of all necessary documents. The petitioner must be invited to the meeting where his/her application is reviewed and he/she must be given floor to express his/her opinion. Failure of this person to arrive does not serve as an obstacle for decision-making. The Board must announce its motivated decision to the petitioner in writing within a week after the moment of the decision-making.

4.3. Latvian or foreign citizens upon their agreement may be elected as Honorary members of the Association of Biotechnology of Latvia for remarkable work and achievements and for contribution to biotechnology. The Honorary members can be elected during the General meeting of the association, with a proposal of the Board. The Honorary members have all the rights of the members but they are released from all membership fees.

4.4. Negative decisions of the Board can be appealed by the petitioner in writing to the General meeting. If the General meeting rejects the appeal, the petitioner is not accepted as a member of the Association; he/she may submit a repeated application not sooner than one year after the refusal.

4.5. All members have the rights to withdraw from the Association upon a written announcement to the Board;

4.6. A member can be expelled from the Association with a decision of the Board, if:

4.6.1. the member fails to pay the membership fee more than 6 months;

4.6.2. the member does not fulfil the decisions of the General meeting and the Board;

4.6.3. the member not does fulfil his/her duties and obligations;

4.6.4. the member performs other activities contradicting the given Statutes.

4.7. The Board reviews the issue on expulsion of a member during the nearest meeting, inviting the due member and giving him/her floor to express his/her opinion. Failure of the due member to attend the meeting is not an obstacle for decision-making. The decision on expulsion of a member from the Association and the motivation of the decision must be announced by the Board in writing to the due member within five days after the moment of its making.

Article 5. Rights and obligations of the members.

5.1. The members of the association have the following rights:

5.1.1. to participate in management of the Association,

5.1.2. to receive information about activities of the Association, including access to all protocols, decisions, instructions and orders of all institutions of the Association,

5.1.3. to participate in all events organized by the Association, to provide proposals concerning the activities of the Association and regarding its improvement, to defend one’s viewpoint,

5.2. The obligations of the members of the Association:

5.2.1. to observe the Statutes of the Association and to fulfil the decisions of the General meeting and the Board of the Association,

5.2.2. to make regular payments of membership fees,

5.2.3. to support execution of the goal and the tasks of the Association by active participation,

5.3. Liabilities of members can be set by a decision of the General meeting or the Board. In case a member is set liabilities differing from the liabilities of other members, approval of such member is required.

Article 6. Structural units of the Association.

6.1. Territorial and other structural units can be created upon a respective decision of the General meeting;

6.2. The activities, rights and obligations of any structural unit of the Association as well as relationship with the Association are governed by the regulations of the structural unit approved by the General meeting of the Association.

Article 7. Organization of the l meeting of the members and decision-making.

7.1. The General meeting is the highest decision-making body of the Association.

7.2. All members can participate in the General meeting. Members may participate in the General meeting only in person.

7.3. The operational General meetings are summoned once a year, not later than by March 31.

7.4. The extraordinary General meeting can be summoned with the initiative of the Board, or by a written request of not less than one tenth of all members of the Association, indicating the reason of the summons.

7.5. The General meeting is summoned by a written invitation to all members mailed not later than one month prior to the meeting.

7.6. The General meeting has the decision-making rights if it is attended by more than a half of all members of the Association.

7.7. In case the General meeting does not have the decision-making rights due to lack of a quorum, a repeated General meeting is summoned within three weeks, which holds the decision-making rights regardless the amount of the present members with the condition that at least two members are present.

7.8. A decision of the General meeting is accepted if more than a half of the present members have voted in its favour. A decision on changes in the Statutes, on termination of activities of the Association and on their continuation is made if more than two thirds of the present members vote in its favour.

Article 8. Executive institution.

8.1. The executive institution of the Association is the Board consisting of five Board members.

8.2. The Board members elect a Chairman of the Board among themselves, who then organizes the work of the Board.

8.3. The Board has the decision-making rights on all issues that are not in the exclusive competency of the General meeting.

8.4. The Chairman of the Board has the rights to represent the Association independently. Other members of the Board have the rights to represent the association by two.

8.5. A Member of the Board performs his/her duties voluntarily or for remuneration.

Article 9. Auditor.

9.1. Control on financial and economical transactions of the Association is performed by an auditor, who is elected by the General meeting for the term of one year.

9.2. The auditor of the Association may not to be a Member of the Board.

9.3. The auditor:

9.3.1. performs inspection of assets and financial resources of the Association;

9.3.2. gives an opinion on the budget and annual report of the Association;

9.3.3. gives evaluation on the work of accounting and record keeping of the Association

9.3.4. gives recommendations for improvement of the financial and economic activities of the Association;

9.4. The auditor performs the inspection within the terms defined by the General meeting, but not less than once at year.

9.5. The General meeting confirms the annual report of the association only after receiving the conclusion of the auditor.

Article 10. Membership fee and entrance fee.

10.1. Members of the Association pay the membership fee once a year in the amount of 250 LVL if the annual turnover of the member does not exceed 500 000 LVL. If the annual turnover of the member is higher than 500 000 LVL, the member’s fee is calculated in the amount of 0,05 % of the annual turnover. The annual membership fee for students and senior citizens is 100 LVL. Honorary members are released from payment of the membership fee.

10.2. The Association entrance fee consists of 50% of the annual membership fee of the member.

The Statutes are confirmed at the Foundation meeting on May, 26, 2006.

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