1. Name and Address
The name of the Organisation is ICOM-EUROPE.
Its address is as determined from time to time
by the Executive Board of ICOM-EUROPE.
2. Relationship with ICOM
ICOM-EUROPE is a Regional Organisation of
the International Council of Museums (ICOM)
established under Article 15 para.1 of the
Statutes of ICOM. Its activities are at all
times subject to the Statutes and to these
Rules, made in accordance with Article 28
of the Statutes.
The aims of ICOM-EUROPE are to:
(I) Provide a forum for exchange of information
and co-operation between National Committees
in the Region;
(II) Provide the framework for co-operation
between museums, museum training centres and
museums professionals in the Region;
(III) Promote membership of ICOM among professional
museum workers and museums in the Region;
(IV) Advise ICOM on the development and implementation
of its programme with special reference to
the needs and circumstances of the Region;
(V) Assist National Committees in the Region
and any international Committees of ICOM active
in the Region, in the implementation of their
(VI) Assure cooperation with other Regional
In pursuance of these Aims, ICOM-EUROPE will
arrange such meetings and produce such
publications as it deems necessary, provided
the costs of so doing are met by ICOM-EUROPE.
All National Committees of Europe as defined
by UNESCO (exept Canada) are automatically
members of ICOM-Europe.
If a National Committee that is a member of
ICOM-EUROPE is suspended under Article 14,
para. 16 or has its recognition withdrawn
by the Executive Council under Article 17
of the Statutes, its membership of ICOM-EUROPE
shall be suspended or terminated and shall
only be reinstated if and when the Executive
Council of ICOM reactivates the National Committee.
If the Board of ICOM-EUROPE considers that
a National Committee has acted in flagrant
violation of the Statutes or the Code of Ethics
of ICOM, it may submit evidence to the Executive
Council and request the Council to withdraw
recognition from that Committee.
5. Rights of Members
A National Committee that is a member of ICOM-EUROPE
shall be entitled to participate fully in
all activities of ICOM-EUROPE.
The Board of ICOM-EUROPE may not exclude a
member of a National Committee from any activities
or programmes of ICOM-EUROPE on any grounds
other than suspension or withdrawal of recognition
of that Committee by the Executive Council
A National Committee that is a member of ICOM-EUROPE
shall have the right to exercise one vote
at General Meetings of ICOM-EUROPE. The right
to vote is executed by the National Committee
chairman, directly or by proxy.
6. Management of the Regional Organisation
There shall be a Board of ICOM-EUROPE consisting
of a Chairperson and six other persons, elected
by the members, together with the President
of ICOM, any member of the Executive Council
resident in the Region, the Chairperson of
the Advisory Committee and the immediate past
Chairperson of ICOM-EUROPE (all of whom shall
be members ex officio).
The Chairperson and the elected members of
the Board shall be individual Members, or
designated representatives of Institutional
Members of ICOM, and be chairperson or former
chairperson of the National Committees forming
the Regional Organisation ICOM-EUROPE or an
active representative of any other body of
ICOM provided they also have the support of
the respective National Committee.
The Chairperson and the elected members of
the Board shall be elected at the triennial
General Meeting of ICOM-EUROPE held in association
with the General Assembly of ICOM. They shall
hold office for a three-year term. An elected
member may only be re-elected once unless
subsequently elected as Chairperson.
A person may serve only two consecutive terms
No person may serve for more than twelve consecutive
years on the Board.
A person is not eligible for re-election to
the Board until at least one three-year term
has elapsed since they were last a member.
Nominations for the positions of Chairperson
and elected members of the Board shall be
sought by the Secretary-General at least six
months prior to the triennial General Meeting
If sufficient nominations to fill the vacant
positions on the Board of ICOM-EUROPE are
not received by the date of the triennial
General Meeting, eligible persons present
at the meeting may be nominated from the floor.
A member of the Executive Board shall cease
to hold office if the member:
- Ceases to be chairperson of an ICOM-EUROPE
- Ceases to be a member of the National Committee
of which he or she was a member at the time
of the elections,
- Is no longer a member in good standing (Statutes,
Article 1, para.3).
If a vacancy arises on the Executive Board
more than one year before the next triennial
General Meeting of the Organisation, the Executive
Board shall seek to co-opt another member
of ICOM-Europe to fill the vacancy. Where
possible, the Board will co-opt a chairperson
or a representative of a National Committee
in the same sub region. If no suitable person
is available from those National Committees,
the Board may co-opt any chairperson of a
National Committee of ICOM-Europe or a representative
whom it considers suitable.
The Board shall be responsible for managing
the affairs of ICOM-EUROPE. It shall meet
as often as it deems necessary, but shall
meet at least once between triennial General
Meetings of ICOM-EUROPE. Interim meetings
take place in association with ICOM Advisory
Council meetings. It may conduct its business
by correspondence or by simultaneous electronic
communication between the members participating.
A quorum for a meeting of the Board shall
be one more than half the number of elected
members, present personally or by proxy. Ex
officio members present shall not be counted
in establishing whether a quorum is present
or not. An elected member of the Board who
is unable to attend a meeting of the Board
may appoint another member in good standing
as proxy for that meeting.
The Board shall nominate a person for designation
by the Secretary-General of ICOM as Executive
Officer of ICOM-EUROPE. The Executive Officer
shall be responsible to the Board for the
conduct of the affairs of ICOM-EUROPE. In
day-to-day matters the Executive Officer shall
be answerable to the Chairperson of ICOM-EUROPE.
Any costs associated with the appointment
and duties of an Executive Officer shall be
the responsibility of the Board of ICOM-EUROPE.
7. Finances of the Regional Organisation
The finances of ICOM-EUROPE shall be entirely
the responsibility of ICOM-EUROPE and no Individual
or Institutional Member of ICOM nor ICOM in
its international capacity shall be held responsible
for any debts or contractual obligations entered
into by ICOM-EUROPE.
ICOM-EUROPE may raise such funds as it considers
necessary but may not impose any membership
ICOM-EUROPE may impose such charges for participation
in meetings (other than the triennial General
Meeting) as are necessary to defray the costs
incurred by the organisers.
ICOM-EUROPE may accept grants and donations
from Governments, Foundations, and individuals
and from National Committees in the Region.
ICOM-EUROPE may produce at its own expense
and sell publications but shall inform the
Secretary-General of ICOM before doing so.
8. Meetings of the Organisation
The Board shall, in consultation with the
Secretary-General, arrange for a meeting of
ICOM-EUROPE to be held in conjunction with
each General Assembly of ICOM, which shall
be the triennial General Meeting of ICOM-EUROPE.
The business of the triennial General Meeting
shall include among other items:
(I) the election of the members of the Board,
(II) a review of the programme of ICOM-EUROPE
for the preceding triennium,
(III) adoption of a programme of work for
the following triennium.
The board shall meet at least once between
triennial General Meetings of ICOM-EUROPE.
Interim meetings take place in association
with ICOM Advisory Council meetings. The Board
shall arrange such other Meetings of ICOM-EUROPE
in years between triennial Meetings as are
necessary. If not in association with ICOM
Advisory Council meetings the agreement of
the National Committee of a State in which
it is proposed to hold a meeting of ICOM-EUROPE
shall be obtained before any such meeting
The National Committee of a State, in which
it is proposed to hold a meeting of ICOM-EUROPE,
shall ensure that no impediment is placed
in the way of any member of ICOM in good standing
who is a member of a National Committee that
is a member of ICOM-EUROPE, attending such
National Correspondents from States in the
region and members of ICOM resident in the
region are entitled to attend meetings of
ICOM-EUROPE subject to any limitation imposed
under Rule 8 (f).
The number of persons from any one National
Committee who may attend a meeting of ICOM-EUROPE
may be limited by the Board, but the selection
of persons to attend the meeting shall be
the prerogative of the National Committee
The quorum for the triennial General Meeting
of ICOM-EUROPE shall be one quarter of the
number of National Committees which are members
of ICOM-EUROPE, represented at the meeting
by a member of that Committee in person or
9. Amendments to Rules
The Rules of ICOM-EUROPE are adopted by the
EUROPE National Committees present at the
63.rd Advisory Committee meeting, Paris 4.th
June 2002, and may be amended at any subsequent
triennial General Meeting of ICOM-EUROPE.
Any suggested amendments to the Rules must
be proposed by a National Committee that is
a member of ICOM-EUROPE, or by the Secretary-General
of ICOM. The text of any proposed amendments,
together with any explanatory material, shall
be notified to the members of ICOM-EUROPE
at least three months prior to the triennial
General Meeting at which they are to be considered.
A proposed amendment may be further amended
at the triennial General Meeting at which
it is considered, but only if the further
amendment is of a minor nature. The Chairperson
of the meeting shall decide whether a further
amendment is of a minor nature.
Adoption and amendment of the Rules shall
require the support of a three-quarters majority
of the members present and voting.
10. Dissolution of ICOM-EUROPE.
ICOM-EUROPE shall be dissolved by a decision
of the Executive Council of ICOM, taken in
accordance with the Statutes, Article15, para.
In the event that ICOM-EUROPE is dissolved,
its assets (if any) shall be transferred to
ICOM headquarters and shall be dealt with
in such manner as the Executive Council thinks
Paris June 4, 2002
National Committees of:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia,
Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic,
Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.
Seoul / Korea, October 6, 2004
Amendments adopted by the annual conference