Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléonienne

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The Federation

European Federation of Napoleonic Cities

Hôtel de Ville d'Ajaccio
Cabinet du Député Maire
Avenue Antoine Sérafini
BP 412
F-20304 Ajaccio Cedex

THE FEDERATION'S STATUTES

In 2004, the towns of Ajaccio and La Roche-sur-Yon both celebrated the bicentenary of a highly important historical event: on the one hand, the creation of La Roche-sur-Yon with the 25 May 1804 imperial decree and on the other hand, in Ajaccio, the commemoration of Napoleon's anointment on December 2nd.

To extend these celebrations, both towns proposed to involve other European cities of Napoleonic history. The chosen reference period is a transition period in French history: it starts in 1769, a symbolic year since it corresponds to Napoleon Bonaparte's year of birth and to the very beginning of the French revolution. It ends in 1870 with the Sedan defeat. In that period, France and many European countries saw the change from the "Ancien Regime" to the Republic.

On May 24th 2004, representatives from the towns of Ajaccio (France), Balestrino (Italy), Dinard (France), Iena (Germany), Île d'Aix (France), LaRoche-sur-Yon (France), Pultusk (Poland) and Waterloo (Belgium) met in La Roche-sur-Yon.

During the meeting, a draft agreement was decided upon. It dealt with the principle of creating a Federation of Cities and Sites of Napoleonic History which would promote historical exchanges and development schemes as well as restore and valorise Napoleonic heritage and life.

ARTICLE 1: CREATION OF AN ORGANIZATION.

An organization is set up for unlimited time between the undersigned and those who support the present statutes. It is subject to the provisions of the French law dated 1st July 1901 in regard to freedom of association (16 August 1901 decree). It is called: EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF NAPOLEONIC CITIES.

ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE

The organization's purpose is to bring European cities, sites, districts and regions which have been marked by Napoleonic history to gather and work towards the three following directions:

  • Setting up meetings, seminars and publications in association with universities, cultural institutions and history organizations in order to promote cultural exchanges.
  • Supporting and promoting actions to preserve and restore Napoleonic heritage (objects, works of art, furniture, monuments, sites...)
  • Developing and running activities, valorising the past through exhibitions, arts events, discovery tours, especially in regard to tourist, school or university exchanges...

ARTICLE 3: REGISTERED OFFICE

Its registered head office is to be in Ajaccio. It may be transferred upon simple decision-making from the board of directors.

ARTICLE 4: SETTING UP THE ORGANIZATION

The organization is run by a Board of directors of active members representing the member cities, at the rate of two members from each community, which are designated by each of the representative authorities (two incumbents and two substitutes).

The office, made up of a representative from each city, is to elect one chairman, a general secretary and a treasurer. All other members are vice-chairmen.

Each new member city is to be represented in the office.

The office members have a two-year mandate.

A limited executive committee is in charge of current affairs. It is made up of the chairman, the general secretary, the treasurer, and one vice-chairman per each represented country, as long as the country is not already represented by the chairman, general secretary or treasurer.

The chairman calls the Board of Directors at least once a year to plan the activity scheme and settle upon the budget. Decisions are made through simple majority voting. In case of equal votes, the chairman's vote is predominant.

For practical reasons and to facilitate the implementation of common schemes, every document needing an official signature is to be co-signed (by hand or digitally) by at least two of the three Committee members: the chairman, the general secretary and/or the treasurer. This can only be done after the committee members have agreed to it: they are to be informed by email within an eight-day period. No reply within that time period is equivalent to a tacit agreement.

ARTICLE 5: RUNNING AND FUNCTIONING

The organization leans on a technical assistance of which the running modes are to be defined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 6: RESOURCES

The organization's resources come from:

  • Subscriptions provided for in article 7,
  • Subsidies from governments and regional authorities,
  • Subsidies from the European Union
  • Own incomes and any other resource authorized by current texts and regulations.

ARTICLE 7: SUBSCRIPTION FEE

The subscription fee is to be fixed yearly by the Board of Directors. It is mainly used to meet the structure's running expenses.

ARTICLE 8: BOARD OF DIRECTORS' SPECIAL SESSIONS

If needed, or upon request from half the registered members plus one, the chairman may call an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 9: ORGANIZATION REGULATIONS

The organization regulations are established by the Board of Directors. They are designed to deal with diverse non-anticipated aspects of the statutes, especially in regard to the organization's internal management.

ARTICLE 10: MEMBERSHIP, WITHDRAWAL AND DISSOLUTION

Every membership application is to be approved by the Board of Directors. Any community wishing to withdraw from the organization is to inform the chairman by mail.

In case of a dissolution voted by at least two thirds of the members present at the Board of Directors' extraordinary session, one or more liquidators are to be appointed by the latter and, should the need arise, the assets are to be assigned according to article 9 of the 1st July act and to the 16th August 1901 decree.

The Chairman, The General Secretary, The Treasurer

Charles Napoleon Pierre Regnault Christoph Schwind

new treasurer since 2007: Dr. Albrecht Schröter