Statutes for the VDNR
§ 1 Council name
Vuxendövas Nordiska Råd – VDNR.
§ 2 Council seat
The Council has it’s seat in Stockholm, Sweden.
§ 3 Purpose
VDNR is a co-operative organization which works to ensure that adult practices achieve the same living conditions, rights and opportunities as other citizens in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
Solidarity and exchange of knowledge and experience are prioritized. VNDR can establish cooperation with organizations outside the Nordic region, as in the Baltics.
The most important tasks for VDNR are:
- To exchange information on development and changes in the living conditions of adult and severely hearing impaired persons, both those who have or do not have CI or hearing aid.
- To monitor and influence developments in various areas in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
- To arrange seminars to exchange experiences in different areas eg.
communication, interpretation, education, cochlear implants and social issues.
- To initiate and create resources for ongoing collective projects.
- Collaborate with public organizations and research institutes.
- Appoint an organizer country for the late-deafened’s Nordic summer weeks.
- Involve, inform and co-operate with other organizations.
§ 4 Members
VDNR consists of representatives of organizations working with late-deafened, hard-of-hearing people, and CI users etc. As support members can public organizations, county councils, government agencies etc. be accepted. VDNR also accepts associated memberships, eg from organizations in the Baltic countries.
§ 5 Membership
Members of VDNR are organizations which want to work and participate actively in order to realize the purpose clause (§3). Application for membership and possibly associated membership is submitted to the VDNR secretariat but must be approved by annual general meeting.
§ 6 Membership fee
Each member pays the annual fee determined by the annual general meeting. The fee must be paid before the end of October.
Associate members and support members have reduced annual fees as is determined by the annual general meeting each year.
§ 7 Deciding organization
Decisions at the highest level are taken at the annual general meeting of the affiliates’ representatives and in the meantime between them via email.
Associate members have the right to speak and propose but no voting rights. Associate
members cannot be elected to the board.
§ 8 Annual general meeting
The annual meeting shall be held no later than May 31 at a place determined by the chairman.
Notice must be given no later than two months before the meeting.
At the annual general meeting, the following questions must be included on the agenda:
1. Approval of the agenda
2. Election of two persons who, together with the chairman of the meeting, will adjust
the meeting minutes
3. Election of chairman for the meeting
4. Election of secretary for the meeting
5. Question about invitation to the meeting sent out on time
6. Election of VDNR’s chairman
7. Election of VDNR’s secretary
8. Choice of VDNR’s treasurer.
9. Approved that the Secretariat consists of the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer
10. Election of VDNR’s auditor and deputy auditor
11. Annual report for the past year
12. Financial report for the past year
13. Audit report
14. Establishment of business plan and budget for the year
15. Decision on membership fee for the year
16. Processing of membership applications
17. Treatment of incoming motions
18. Determination of persons who have the right to sign VDNR for applications
in different funds or the like
19. Other matters
The questions discussed at the annual general meeting shall be submitted in sending them to
member representatives no later than two months before the meeting.
§ 9 Voting rights
Elected representatives have the right to vote. Decisions are made by simple majority if nothing otherwise is mentioned in the statutes. If there are just as many votes in fact matters, the chairman has casting vote.
§ 10 The Council
The council consists of two representatives who have elected deputies from each
membership. The council can make decisions when at least half of them
the representatives are present. In voting, the chairman has a casting vote.
Minutes from meetings are sent to representatives, treasurer and auditor. The Council
Secretariat shall make proposals for the business plan and budget.
§ 11 Accounts
VDNR’s accounting year shall be a calendar year. The accounts must be completed
and submitted to the auditor no later than three months before the annual meeting.
§ 12 Budget and auditor’s report
The Council’s secretary shall write an annual report on it each year the past year. The auditor
shall submit the audit report and the audited accounts no later than two months before the annual meeting.
§ 13 Motions
Motions must be submitted to the secretariat at least two months before the annual meeting
§ 14 Auditors
The auditor appointed by the annual general meeting is charged with reviewing the accounts of the Council and management
§ 15 Change of statutes
In order for a change or addition of the permits to take effect immediately requires a decision at the annual meeting by a two-thirds majority. Suggested changes shall be added to the notice.
§ 16. Dissolution of the council
VDNR is dissolved if you decide on it in two meetings one after another. The one must be an annual general meeting. At both meetings, the decision must be made with two thirds majority. If the VDNR is dissolved, any assets should be divided between affiliates.