ART. 1 The Slovene Research Institute, abbreviated SLORI, is founded, with head offices in Trieste. It performs its activity in offices in the provinces of Trieste, Gorizia, and Udine. The Institute does not perform any of the activities provided for by art. no. 2195 of the Civil Code and has no profit-making aims. ART. 2 The objective of the Institute is to study, research and analyse ethnic phenomena and their complex and various formations on the international level, starting from the social and historical specialty of the Slovenian national community in Italy and its interethnic position in the European context. In pursuing this, the Institute uses theoretical and methodological approaches offered by social, spatial and human sciences in the field of ethnic studies. The activity is performed both in Italy and abroad. With regard to this, the aims of the Institute are the following: a) to perform (autonomously and on commission) researches regarding ethnic themes in general, and in particular those connected to the Slovenian ethnos; b) to organise seminars, scientific meetings, and conferences on questions regarding Slovenians in Italy and ethnic problems in general; c) to collect and keep bibliographic and documental material making it available for institutions and interested researchers; d) to prepare and promote its own publications; e) to collaborate and sign agreements with universities and institutes operating in the same field; f) to offer scholarships and promote competitions for researches, university undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and to promote various study and research opportunities for young people.
ART. 3 The property of the Institute is composed of: a) contributions, donations and legacies; b) movable goods and real estate; c) eventual funds, gained from positive accounting outcomes.
ART. 4 The income of the Institute is composed of: a) membership fees; b) additional special contributions by members or members’ compensations for special services; c) ordinary and extraordinary contributions of members; d) contributions of public and private institutions from Italy, foreign countries, the EU, and contributions of international bodies and organisms; e) income from scientific, educational and cultural events; f) any other income obtained with the Institute’s activities.
ART. 5 The accounting year ends every year on December 31st. The Board of Directors prepares in 120 (one hundred and twenty) days after the conclusion of each accounting year the final balance sheet and the budget for the following accounting year. The BoD presents both documents at the annual general meeting for discussion and approval.
ART. 6 Institute members can become all those who accept the organisational system, the rights and the duties as defined by the Statute, and the objectives and principles contained in art. 2. Members must be 18 or more. Proposals for new members are made together by the BoD and the Scientific Committee at the annual general meeting, which takes the final decision on the acceptance of new members. All members have the same rights and duties. Each member engages himself to respect the Statute and the internal regulations as defined by the annual general meeting, as well as to contribute to the realization of the Institute’s objectives. The membership can be quitted by resignation letter or following a deliberation on exclusion of a member as approved by the BoD. Such deliberation must be grounded and transmitted to the interested member and the Supervisory Board with a registered letter. The interested member has the right to appeal against the decision within 20 days from the receipt of the notice. The appeal is to be transmitted by registered letter to the members of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board has the right to revoke or confirm the deliberation of the BoD within 60 days from the receipt of the appeal. Members can be associations, institutes, organisations, physical or juridical persons and public bodies with no profit-making objectives that are interested in the Institute’s objectives.
ART. 7 Bodies of the Institute are: a) the General Assembly of members; b) the BoD; c) the Scientific Committee; d) the Supervisory Board; e) the President; f) the Committee of Researchers; g) the Director.
ART. 8 The General Assembly represents all members. The ordinary annual general meeting must take place at least once a year, in April, or any time the BoD deems it necessary, or when at least 3/10 of members file a formal request to the President of the Institute for convoking the meeting. The general meeting is convoked by the President of the BoD by written notice sent to each member at least 15 days prior to the date of the meeting, and by publishing the convocation in the Slovenian media in Italy. The extraordinary general meeting is convoked with the same procedure. The notice of convocation must contain the agenda, the place, the date and the hour of the first convocation and the date and hour of the second one, which must take place no earlier than one hour after the first.
ART. 9 All members who have paid the membership fee bear right to collaborate in the agenda and vote all the points it contains. At the general meeting, members can be represented by other members. For this purpose, a written power of attorney is needed; each member can represent a maximum of three other members.
ART. 10 The ordinary annual general meeting: - approves the budget and final balance sheet; - approves the report on the work performed and the activities program; - elects the members of the BoD; - elects the members of the Scientific Committee; - on the basis of the common proposal of the BoD and the Scientific Committee, accepts new members; - elects the members of the Supervisory Board; - defines the guidelines for realizing the Institute’s objectives; - accepts the dismissal paper of the different bodies at their mandate termination; - approves the regulations of the Institute previously approved by the BoD. The extraordinary annual general meeting takes decisions regarding Statute modifications.
ART. 11 During the first convocation, the general meeting reaches the quorum if more than one half of the members are present, and the decisions are approved with the majority of the convened; during the second convocation, the quorum is reached with any number of present members and the decisions are approved with the majority of the convened. During the first convocation, the extraordinary general meeting decides validly with the positive vote of the majority of members, while, during the second convocation, decisions are valid with the vote of the majority of the convened members, yet these must represent no less than 1/3 of all members.
ART. 12 The Board of Directors is composed of members and non members elected at the general meeting. It is composed of at least six and at most twenty people plus the President of the Scientific Committee and the Director. Both have the same rights as all the other members of the BoD. The mandate of the BoD lasts three years. The BoD elects, among its own members, a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The BoD meets at least two times a year or following a written request filed to the President by at least 1/4 of the BoD members. The BoD meeting is convoked by the President at least five days before the due date. The convocation notice must contain the agenda. The BoD reaches the quorum if more than one half of the members are convened. It decides validly with the majority of the convened. In particular, the BoD: a) decides on the regulations of the Institute, which are then sent for approval to the first following general meeting of the members; b) prepares the final balance sheet and the budget and sends them for approval to the general meeting; c) prepares the report on the work performed and a plan of activity and sends them, along with the compulsory considerations of the
Scientific Committee, to the general meeting for approval; d) on the basis of the Scientific Committee’s proposal, nominates the Director of the Institute; e) proposes to the general meeting the acceptance of new members; f) decides on eventual accounting modifications during the year; g) decides on employing personnel; h) decides on the proposals of the Scientific Committee; i) decides on the amount of the annual membership fee.
ART. 13 The President of the BoD legally represents the Institute. He convokes and chairs the general meetings and the meetings of the BoD. According to BoD’s decisions, the President manages the ordinary and extraordinary activity. In case the President is absent or impeded, he is substituted by the Vice President. The President carries out his duty until the election of a new President. The Secretary of the BoD carries out secretarial tasks for the BoD and eventually also for the Scientific Committee.
ART. 14 The Supervisory Board is composed of three ordinary members and two substitutes, who can either be members of the Institute or not. Their mandate lasts three years. The SB can participate with an advisory vote to the meetings of the BoD, thus the SB must regularly receive invitations to such meetings.
ART. 15 The Scientific Committee is composed of experts, members or not, elected by the general meeting. The SC is composed of at least five and at most twenty experts. Fully authorized members of the SC are also the Director and at least one representative of the Committee of Researchers. Their mandate lasts three years. The Scientific Committee elects among its members a President and, if it decides so with its own deliberation, also a Vice President and a Secretary. The Scientific Committee is convened, works and deliberates in the same manner as the BoD and considering the financial resources available for research. In particular, the Scientific Committee: a) proposes to the BoD regulations of the Institute and candidates for the position of Director of the Institute; b) elaborates the scientific research programmeof the Institute, defines scientific criteria for evaluating researches, expresses opinions regarding the signing of research contracts, decides on the scientific criteria for employing researchers and on their professional growth; c) plans the publishing activity, proposes competitions, scholarships, elaborates proposals for conferences and seminars; d) decides on the composition of various commissions or work groups connected to the research activity of the Institute; e) proposes to the BoD potential candidates and criteria for accepting new members.
ART. 16 The Director is nominated by the BoD on the basis of the proposals of the Scientific Committee. The Director, according to the Statute, the regulations of the Institute, the deliberations of the BoD and the Scientific Committee, manages and coordinates the organisational and administrative activity of the Institute and its branch offices.
ART. 17 The Committee of Researchers is composed by all researchers who collaborate with the Institute. It is an advisory body of the Scientific Committee. The criteria for becoming a member are defined with a regulation. The Committee of Researchers elects at least one – or as many as provided for by the regulations – representative in the Scientific Committee.
ART. 18 According to art. 21., paragraph 3, of the Civil Code, in case of dissolution of the Institute, its whole property – after deducting debit items – is transferred to organisations of the Slovenian national community in Italy with similar objectives or to all members of the Institute, according to deliberations taken by the general meeting that approves the Institute’s dissolution.