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STATUTES OF THE
Approved by the ordinary General Assembly held on June 22, 2017,
in Atlantic City, USA
§ 1 Name, seat and activities of the Association
The name of the Association shall be “International Input-Output Association” (in German:
“Internationale Gesellschaft für Input-Output-Analyse”) and it shall have its seat in Vienna.
The activities of the Association shall not be restricted to Austria only.
§ 2 Objectives and purpose
The main objective of the Association shall be the advancement of research in and teaching of
all areas of input-output analysis. The Association shall also promote the integration and use
of input-output applications and techniques in other scientific disciplines.
The Association shall be non-profit making, its sole aim being the achievement of non-profit
purposes as set forth in these statutes.
These objectives shall be achieved by:
- Promoting the exchange of scientific experience between members of the
- Organizing public lectures and events, especially scientific conferences.
- Publishing a scientific journal as well as other relevant scientific publications.
- Supporting scientific studies.
- Supporting relevant educational institutions and libraries.
- Widening access to scientific publications and relevant statistical data.
- Encouraging and promoting scientific research and teaching.
- Co-operating with scientific associations and institutions of a similar kind and
pursuing similar objectives.
- Providing financial support to members.
- Awarding prizes for outstanding scientific achievements.
- Undertaking educational and training activities.
- Carrying out any other activities that are expedient with respect to achieving the
object of the Association.
§ 3 Funds of the Association
The Association shall draw the necessary funds for performing its activities from membership
dues, donations, subsidies as well as income and gains from the assets of the Association.
§ 4 Membership
(1) The Association shall have regular, institutional and honorary members.
(2) All scholars and other qualified (natural) persons, independent of sex, race,
religion and nationality, who are actively engaged in the field of input-output
analysis, input-output statistics and related scientific fields can become regular
members of the Association.
(3) Legal entities, irrespective of whether private or public, resident or foreign, as well
as partnerships and institutions with legal capacity, in particular corporations
under public law, companies, foundations, associations, etc. may become
institutional members of the Association. Institutional members must pay a
special, higher membership fee. These (institutional) members shall have the right
to name up to three persons who will basically hold all rights and duties of regular
members, with the exception of the payment of membership fees.
(4) Persons who have made themselves particularly deserving with regard to the
Association or its objectives may be appointed as honorary members.
§ 5 Rights and duties of the members
(1) All members shall be committed to promoting the interests of the Association;
institutional members shall contribute to these goals at least by paying the special
(2) Regular members (and the persons named by the institutional members) shall be
entitled to participate in scientific events organized by the Association and to make
use of its infrastructure. In addition, they shall be entitled to participate and vote in
the General Assembly, and to hold the active and passive voting right to the
Council of the Association.
(3) Honorary members shall have the same rights as the regular members of the
(4) The members shall provide prompt payment of the membership fees in the valid
§ 6 Acquisition and loss of membership
(1) Members shall be admitted by the Management of the Association. Institutional
members shall also report the persons named by them (representatives) to the
Management. If a representative is recalled from his/her function or leaves the
Association, his/her successor must also be reported to the Management. If an
institutional member ceases to be a member of the Association, its representatives
shall also lose their membership rights.
(2) If a member fails to pay its membership fees for two consecutive years despite a
written reminder, its membership shall automatically be terminated. This shall,
however, not affect the member's duty to pay the membership fees due.
(3) Members who wish to leave the Association may do so as at December 31 of any
year. The declaration of withdrawal in writing shall be sent to the Management of
the Association by November 15 (date of receipt) at the latest. If the declaration of
withdrawal is received at a later date, it shall become effective only as at the last
day of the following year. This shall, however, not affect the member's duty to pay
the membership fees due.
(4) Membership shall also expire upon the death of a regular member and/or the loss
of legal capacity of an institutional member.
(5) In case of gross violation of its membership duties or dishonourable conduct, the
Council may exclude a member. In the above case, the Council may also recall
representatives from their function and revoke honorary memberships granted.
§ 7 Notifications
Notifications and invitations to the members as well as communications and notifications to
the Association may be sent in writing, by fax or by e-mail. In case of doubt about the identity
of the sender of an e-mail, the recipient of the message may require a confirmation of the
message in writing or by telefax, with timeliness of the e-mail message being maintained if
confirmation is sent promptly by the sender.
§ 8 Organs of the Association
The organs of the Association shall be the General Assembly, the Council, the Management
and the Auditors.
§ 9 The General Assembly
(1) An ordinary General Assembly shall be held at least every four years, if possible
in the context of an international input-output conference. It may also be held
outside of Austria. Reports of the Council and of the Auditors must be prepared
annually and made available to the members in written form.
(2) An extraordinary General Assembly must be held within four weeks upon
application by at least one tenth of the regular members, and upon request by the
Council, the Management or the Auditors.
(3) All members must receive an invitation to attend the General Assembly, ordinary
or extraordinary, including the agenda. The invitation shall be sent by the
Secretary of the Association, and shall be dispatched at least three weeks before
the date on which the General Assembly will be held.
(4) If convened properly, the General Assembly shall be quorate if at least thirty
members entitled to vote are present.
(5) Elections and the passing of resolutions by the General Assembly shall generally
require a simple majority of the votes cast. However, resolutions by which the
statutes of the Association are to be amended or by which the Association is to be
dissolved shall require a qualified majority of two thirds of the valid votes cast.
(6) The General Assembly shall be chaired by the President; if s/he is not available, it
shall be chaired by the Vice-President, or by the Managing Director, if the Vice-President is not available either.
§ 10 Tasks of the General Assembly
The following tasks shall be reserved for the General Assembly:
- Approval of the management reports and the annual accounts (prepared
since the last General Assembly).
- Fixing of the membership fees.
- Appointment of the Auditors.
- Passing of resolutions on amendment of the statutes and on dissolution of
- Dismissal of Council members.
- Passing of resolutions on other motions or issues submitted to the
Association by the Management or the Council.
§ 11 The Council
(1) The Council shall consist of nine elected members, the members of the
Management and one of the editors of a scientific journal (published, if applicable)
as well as up to three co-opted members.
(2) The nine members to be elected shall be elected from among the members of the
Association, by all members and representatives who are entitled to participate in
the General Assembly.
(3) Elections shall take place in written form by letter, telefax or e-mail, or also by
means of an electronic voting system that ensures confidentiality of the voting
(4) The elected members shall serve for a term of three years, the term of office
commencing in each case on January 1 of the year following the election; each
year, three Council members shall be elected. Immediate re-election after expiry of
a Council member's term of office shall be possible only once. If any Council
members should, for whatever reason, resign during a three-year term, a number of
members shall be elected for the remaining period of the term that ensures that the
number of Council members elected is restored to nine.
In order to ensure a smooth transition from the rules concerning the Council terms
applicable until June 2012 to the currently applicable rules, the following
addendum to §11(4) shall apply:
- Of the four Council members elected for the term starting in 2013, three
will serve for a five-year term (2013-2017); the member elected with the
smallest number of votes will serve a three-year term (2013-2015).
- The three Council members elected for the term starting in 2016 will be
elected for a four-year term (2016-2019).
- Starting with the 2018 term, three Council members shall be elected each
year, for a three-year term each.
(5) Co-opted members shall serve for a restricted term of one up to a maximum of
three years. Co-opted members may be re-appointed.
(6) The Secretary shall manage the election of the Council members.
(7) All members of the Association shall be entitled to nominate, by September 30 of
each election year at the latest, up to three members of the Association as
candidates for Council election; nominations shall be sent to the Secretary.
(8) Within two weeks, the Secretary shall ask all persons nominated whether they are
ready to run as Council candidates, and shall – within four weeks after expiry of
the nomination deadline – prepare and send to all members a list of all candidates
who are willing to run for Council election.
(9) Each person entitled to vote may, within two weeks, elect up to three candidates;
the (three) candidates winning most of the votes shall be elected. In the event of a
tie between two or more persons elected, lots shall be drawn. The election results
shall be made available to the Auditors and shall be checked by them.
(10) Within two weeks after receiving the votes cast, the Auditor shall establish the
election results, and the Secretary shall inform all members, in particular those
elected as Council members, about the result of the elections.
(11) The Council shall elect a President to a three year term from among those
members of the IIOA who are currently serving or have served as elected members
on Council within the past 10 years. This election shall be conducted as soon as
possible after the election of Council members. If the elected President is not a
current member of Council, he or she will be appointed to Council for the term of
his or her service. The President may be re-elected only once. The President's term
of office shall commence on January 1.
(12) Upon election, the President nominates two candidates for Vice-President from the
elected members of Council for a term of one year. They must be confirmed by
Council before they perform their duties. The Vice-Presidents may be re-elected
for an indefinite number of terms. The Vice-Presidents' terms of office shall
commence on January 1.
(13) President and Vice-Presidents shall represent the Council to the wider public.
§ 12 Council operations
(1) The Council shall be chaired by the President, in case of his/her absence it shall be
chaired by the older Vice-President; if the latter is also absent, it shall be chaired
by the younger Vice-President.
(2) The Council shall be quorate if more than 50 % of its members are present, in any
case including the President and one of the Vice-Presidents. Council resolutions
shall be adopted by simple majority of the votes cast. In case of a tie, the chairman
shall have the casting vote.
The members of the Management shall not be entitled to vote in resolutions
concerning the Management or including instructions issued to the Management.
(3) The Council shall operate on the basis of Bylaws drawn up by itself. Resolutions
amending the Council's Bylaws shall require a qualified majority of two thirds of
the valid votes cast.
(4) Issues that need to be dealt with before the next meeting may also be resolved by
way of circular resolution or through an electronic voting system. All Council
members need to be informed about such motions including reasons; as regards the
quorum and the majority of votes required, para. 2 shall apply accordingly.
(5) Council meetings shall be convened by the President, and in case of his/her
absence by one of the Vice-Presidents. They may instruct the Management to
convene a meeting. In urgent cases, the Management, too, may convene a Council
(6) Council members shall hold honorary offices. They shall, however, be entitled to
reimbursement of demonstrable costs incurred by them in the context of their
activities for the Association, provided they have obtained the Secretary's or
Treasurer's consent before actually incurring these costs.
§ 13 Council tasks
The following tasks shall be reserved for the Council:
(1) The Council shall adopt the basic resolutions on the activities of the Association.
(2) The Council shall appoint the Secretary and the Treasurer.
(3) The Council shall approve the management report and the annual accounts as well
as the annual budget.
(4) The Council shall decide on all scientific matters of the Association, and shall in
particular plan and organise the scientific conferences held by the Association.
(5) The Council shall decide on publication of any scientific journal or other scientific
publications. If a scientific journal is published, the council shall appoint its editors
and a scientific advisory board, if required.
(6) The Council shall decide on granting funds to scientists and the award of scientific
prizes/distinctions/honours or prizes/distinctions/honours for outstanding services
provided to the Association.
(7) The Council may install committees or task forces that deal with specific tasks or
(8) The Council shall be entitled to invite non-members to attend meetings and events
organized by the Association, and to pass on published material to non-members if
this appears useful.
(9) The Council shall decide on the exclusion of members, recall of representatives of
institutional members, as well as on conferment and withdrawal of honorary
(10) If an Auditor resigns during his/her term of office, the Council may nominate a
substitute, whose term of office shall extend until the next General Assembly.
(11) The Council may give instructions to the Management in individual instances but
also on how to run the Association in general.
(12) The Council shall resolve on its Bylaws.
§ 14 Management
The Management of the Association shall include the Secretary and the Treasurer. The
members of the Management shall be appointed for a term of five years; they may be re-
The members of the Management, too, shall hold honorary offices and shall be entitled to
reimbursement of expenses incurred.
§ 15 Tasks of the Management
The Management shall be in charge of the management of the Association in all legal and
administrative issues that are not under the responsibility of other organs of the Association.
Its tasks shall include:
(1) Preparation of activity and financial reports for the Council.
(2) Preparation of an annual management report and annual accounts, as well as
preparation of a budget for the next two years, within three months after the end of
the year at the latest.
(3) Preparation of the General Assembly.
(4) Organization of Council elections.
(5) Implementation of the Council's resolutions and decisions, as well as following its
(6) Convention of a Council meeting according to § 12, as well as an extraordinary
General Assembly acc. to § 9 (2).
§ 16 The Secretary
The Secretary shall be head of administration of the Association and shall be responsible for
handling day-to-day business. S/he shall represent the Association to the outside and shall
have sole signatory power in all matters concerning the Association.
In all matters that carry financial implications, s/he shall obtain the Treasurer's consent in
advance. In cases involving amounts of up to € 1,500.00, the Secretary may also sign alone.
§ 17 The Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be responsible for administration of the Association's funds, for keeping
its books, and for preparing the annual accounts and the annual budget, the latter in
collaboration with the Secretary.
S/he shall have sole signatory authority for all matters in this context, in cases where an
individual transaction amounts to less than € 1,500.00; in transactions involving higher
amounts, the Treasurer shall sign jointly with the Secretary.
§ 18 The Auditors
The General Assembly shall elect two Auditors for a term of three years, one of whom must
be a business trustee qualified to work in Austria. Reappointment shall be admissible. Persons
who are not members of the Association may also be appointed as Auditors.
They shall be responsible for checking the financial management of the Association and for
auditing the financial reports and the annual accounts. They shall report to the Council at least
once a year, and otherwise to the General Assembly; in case of any noteworthy issues, they
shall inform the Council (the President) without delay.
§ 19 The Journal
If the Association publishes a scientific journal or other scientific publications, these shall in
any case be made available to its members at cost price or lower.
§ 20 The Arbitration Panel
(1) All disputes arising from the association shall be settled by an Arbitration Panel
(not a court of arbitration under § 577 et seq. Civil Code).
(2) The Arbitration Panel shall consist of five members. It shall be constituted in such
a way that each litigating party shall within ten days nominate two members (or
representatives) as arbitrators to the Council. These arbitrators shall elect a
Chairman of the Arbitration Panel from among all members, based on a majority
of the votes cast. In case of a tie, the Auditor elected from the pool of business
trustee qualified to work in Austria shall chair the Arbitration Panel.
(3) The Arbitration Panel shall take its decisions in the presence of all members, based
on a simple majority of the votes cast. The Arbitration Panel shall decide to the
best of its knowledge and belief, after having heard both litigating parties. Its
decisions shall be final within the Association.
§ 21 Dissolution of the Association
(1) Voluntary dissolution of the Association can only be resolved upon at a General
Assembly convened for that purpose, and only with a majority of two thirds of the
valid votes casts.
(2) This General Assembly shall also resolve upon liquidation of the Association,
provided it has assets. In particular it shall nominate a liquidator and pass a
resolution as to whom the remaining assets shall be transferred after the
Association's liabilities have been covered. To the extent that it is possible and
permissible, these assets shall be transferred to a scientific organization which
pursues purposes similar to or identical with those of the Association.
§ 22 Designations referring to persons
For all designations in these statutes referring to persons, the term chosen shall apply to both