Statute


II. MEMBERSHIP

Members
Article 8

(1) A member of the Association shall be any legal entity or union of legal entities working in the sphere of telecommunications.
(2) A member of the Association shall be any individual person engaged in the telecommunications activity that accepts the purposes of the Association and desires to be admitted as a member.
(3) The Association shall have principal and honorary members.

Principal Members
Article 9

(1) A principal member of the Association shall be any legal entity that is actively engaged in the telecommunications business;
(2) A principal member of the Association shall be any individual person at the age of majority who is professionally engaged in the telecommunications business.

Honorary Members
Article 10

(1) Individuals who are public figures, businessmen, scholars and politicians of Bulgaria and other countries who could contribute to the development of telecommunications and sympathize with the objectives of the Association may be elected as honorary members;
(2) Honorary members shall not pay membership fees. They shall have no vote in the General Assembly of the Association except in a case of an opposite decision. Honorary members shall have the right to take part in the General Assembly, to participate in discussions and to make proposals.

Admitting Members
Article 11

(1) New members of the Association shall be admitted by the General Assembly.
(2) The candidate for membership shall be provided with a copy of the Statute and other constituent documents of the Association.
(3) The candidate for membership shall submit a written application to the General Assembly through the Managing Board containing a statement that the candidate is familiar with and accepts the statute and other constituent documents of the Association and desires to be admitted as a member in the relevant category.
(4) The application for admission shall be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from one principal member of the Association when the candidate for membership is a legal entity and by three letters of recommendation from three principal members of the Association when the candidate for membership is an individual or a non-profit organization.
(5) The General Assembly shall consider the application and issue a resolution on it not later than its second session after the registration of the application. It may postpone resolution in order to request additional information. The decision of the General Assembly whether or not to admit a member shall be non-chalengable.
(6) Honorary members shall be admitted by an invitation of the Managing Board sent to the person in question. They do not submit applications. The honorary member shall state in writing his/her acceptance of the Managing Board invitation.

Rights of Members
Article 12

(1) The principal members shall have the right to:
1. vote in the General Assembly of the Association;
2. elect and be elected to the executive bodies of the Association;
3. be informed on the activities of the Association
4. benefit from the services provided by the Association at discount;
5. other rights in accordance with this Statute and the decisions of the General Assembly of the Association.

Duties of Members
Article 13

The members of the Association shall:
1. pay admission and membership fee determined by the General Assembly of the Association;
2. pay any additional or special fees voted by the General Assembly of the Association or consented to by their own will;
3. preserve the good name of the Association, promote its objectives and activities and assist to it insofar as they are able;
4. protect their good name in business, observe the law and the generally accepted rules of fair play in business.

Dismissal
Article 14

(1) A member of the Association who violates provisions of the Statute or binding decision of the General Assembly of the Association may be dismissed by a majority of two thirds of the members of the Managing Board, the vote being taken at a special meeting with an attendance of at least all members of the Managing Board minus one.
(2) The Managing Board shall send at least 7 days in advance a notice to anyone proposed for dismissal, which shall present the grounds for dismissal. The person whose dismissal has been proposed shall have the right to appear at the session of the Managing Board and to make an oral or written statement. He shall not be present at the vote. Voting shall be by secret ballot.
(3) Within 7 days of his dismissal the person affected may appeal the decision of the Managing Board on an extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the Association. In such a case the Managing Board shall convene the General Assembly. If a regular session of the General Assembly of the Association is scheduled within less than 3 months, the appeal shall be considered by the General Assembly on its regular session.
(4) The dismissal may be revoked by a majority of at least three-quarters of the principal members of the Association present at the session of the General Assembly. The General Assembly may make this revocation subject to certain conditions or fulfillment of certain tasks set by it.
(5) Dismissed persons shall pay any membership fees and other contributions collected under this Statute in full for the year during which the dismissal has occurred and shall not be eligible to request a refund for such fees already paid.

Grounds for Dismissal
Article 15

(1) A member of the Association may be dismissed for gross or systematic violations of the Statute, as well as for conduct incompatible with the good name of the Association.
(2) More specifically a member of the Association may be dismissed if:
1. after a request from the Managing Board he/ she has failed to pay his/ her entrance fee or membership fee in the course of three months or a specific sum for the payment of which the General Assembly of the Association has voted for or voluntarily committed himself to;
2. he/ she has not fulfilled other important commitments taken voluntarily or voted by the General Assembly of the Association, and would thus have threatened the good name of the Association or significantly obstructed its activities;
3. he/ she has disclosed false information discrediting the Association or has disclosed information conferred upon him/ her confidentially;
4. he/ she has used membership in the Association for profit;
5. other acts of conduct which could be reasonably considered as incompatible with the principles of a respectable activity in the sphere of telecommunications

Participation of Members
Article 16

(1) A member of the Association who is an individual shall participate in its work in person.
(2) Members of the Association who are legal entities shall be represented by their lawful representatives according to their constituent rules and their governing law. The competent managing body of the legal entity can nominate one or several permanent or temporary representatives to the Association.
(3) Members of the Association wishing to replace their representatives, shall send notice in writing to the Association.
(4) The Association shall keep a list of the representatives of its members, which shall point out those with voting powers.
(5) The Managing Board may adopt requirements as to the form of the statement concerning the appointment or withdrawal of a representative with voting rights. These statements shall be deposited in the Association not later than 24 hours before the opening of a session. Otherwise the representative shall not have the right to vote.

Registration and Resignation of Members
Article 17

(1) The Association shall keep a register of its members, which will be available to all interested parties. The register shall be public. Interested persons may obtain information and certificates based on the register according to a procedure set by the Association.
(2) Members of the Association shall be obliged to provide information for filling in of the register and to update the information about their status, name, headquarters, address, scope of activity, and other information required by the Managing Board. They shall present to the register the necessary official documents pertaining to their national registration.
(3) The members may leave the Association by presenting a letter of resignation. Termination of membership occurs at the time this letter is received. The membership fee and any other contributions shall remain outstanding in full for the year during which termination of membership has occurred. Such contributions are not subject to refund. Former members may not claim share of the property of the Association.