Statutes

Preambles

Respect and acceptance towards each other's art within the circus domain.

In the course of the programme of the Capital Circus of Budapest entitled “Central European Circus Ring” representatives of different branches within the circus domain expressed their wishes to establish an association in Central Europe in order to represent acrobats and circus performers in the most appropriate way possible. The international association applies for a membership in the European Circus Association and the Federation Mondiale du Cirque and accepts their provisions as binding.

The Association accepts and agrees with the content of the CIRCUS MANIFESTO signed by H.S.H Princess Stephanie of Monaco on January 22, 2017 as well as by the participants of the Circus Festival in Monte Carlo.

By adapting the present Statutes, the founders of the Association establish a non-governmental organisation that has registered membership, was established on a voluntary basis in form of an association in order to continuously achieve the common and lasting objectives of the members based on Act V of 2013 on the Civil Code (hereinafter: Ptk.) and on Act CLXXV of 2011 on the Freedom of Association, on the Non-profit Status and on the Operation and Support of Civil Organizations (hereinafter: Civil Act) as follows:


  1. I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

  1. Name of the Association: Közép-Európai Cirkuszművészeti Egyesület

  2. English name of the Association: Central-European Circus Art Association

  3. Registered office of the Association: Budapest, 1062 Bp. VI., Andrássy út 61.

  4. Chairperson of the Association:


  1. II. AIMS and DUTIES OF THE ASSOCIATION

    1. As parties to the Association the members would like to achieve through social self-organisation that circus performers are able to act in a more coordinated way on the basis of the increasing diversity of universal circus arts, to protect their achievements and to develop themselves and their institutions. In order to achieve its goal, the democratic Association carries out mainly the following tasks:

  1. It promotes circus arts, artists and productions.

  2. It creates circus productions.

  3. It organises professional events within the circus domain.

  4. It provides help to promote cross-border mobility and work.

  5. It facilitates compliance with the principles of animal protection and animal health during circus productions.

  6. It facilitates the education of acrobat children growing up and performing in travelling circuses.

  7. By organising trainings and workshops, it contributes to the training programmes of acrobat schools.

  8. With the tools of circus pedagogy and social circus as well as the development of circus methodology it contributes to educational-teaching programmes and the reduction of social inequalities.

    1. In the course of realising its goals, the Association does not carry out any political activities, its organisation is independent of political parties, does not provide financial aid to and does not accept financial aid from political parties. The Association does not candidate or support members of the parliament, local governments or members of the EP.


  1. III. ESTABLISHMENT of the membership status

    1. The Association has a registered membership. Annex 1 of present Statute contains the membership at the time of the adaptation of present Statute. Changes to the Association's membership do not require the change of present Statute.

    2. Active or retired circus artists, on the one hand natural persons who are or were in connection with Central European circus arts and on the other hand legal entities or organisations with no legal entity who carry out their activities in the field of circus arts can become members of the Association,

  1. if they declare in a written membership application submitted to the Board of the Association that they accept the Statute, agree with the Association's aims and are willing to pay the membership fee;

  2. Natural persons must have no criminal record.

  3. The membership of a member should not be against or damage the interest of the Association or the other members.

    1. The Board of Directors shall inform the General Assembly about their point of view regarding the membership application at the first meeting after the submittal of the membership application and the General Assembly shall decide about the establishment of the membership status.


  1. IV. Termination of the membership status

    1. The membership in the Association is terminated upon the death, exit or exclusion of a member from the Association or the cessation of the Association.

    2. Members can leave the Association on a voluntary basis which must be reported to the Board of Directors. The wish to leave the Association does not have to be justified and the membership is terminated on the day when the Board of Directors receives the notification. Members are not entitled to reclaim any membership fee paid beforehand if they leave the Association.

    3. The Board of Directors has the right to exclude members from the Association if they breach the present Statute, the relevant legal provisions or the decisions of the General Assembly, or if their actions are incompatible with the aims of the Association, especially if

  1. They seriously or repeatedly breach the ethical principles;

  2. They do not comply with their obligation to pay the membership fee before the deadline;

  3. They are sentenced to imprisonment by a final court judgement.


The decision of the Board of Directors on the exclusion of a member must contain the facts and evidence serving as the basis for the decision and a notification that the member has the right to contest the decision within thirty days upon receipt of the decision on the debarment by submitting a claim to the competent court and to apply for the decision to be set aside by reference to a breach of the Law or to the fact that the decision is in breach of present Statute.

Based on the decision on excluding a member, the membership is terminated on the day of the decision's receipt.


  1. V. Rights and Obligations of Members

  1. Rights of Members:

  1. Participation in the General Assembly with the right to vote.

  2. They can vote and can be voted for positions in the Association's organs.

  3. They have the right to submit proposals and express their opinion regarding any issues linked to the Association.

  4. They have the right to inspect the Association's documents and to ask for information on the Board members.

  5. They have the right to participate in the activities and events of the Association and to use the Association's services.

  6. They have the right to initiate the convening of the General Assembly.

Sponsoring members have the right to participate in the discussions of the General Assembly, have no right to vote and cannot be voted for positions in the Association's organs; furthermore, however, they have the same rights as the members. For lack of separate provisions of present Statute, the same provisions shall apply to supporting members as to the other members.

  1. Obligations of Members:

  1. They have to comply with and perform the Statute, the other regulations and the Association's decisions.

  2. They have to facilitate the operation of the Association and the realisation of their goals.

  3. They have to pay membership fees.

  4. They have to behave in a manner that complies with the Association's expectations, and they have to abstain from behaviour that does not comply with the Association's goals and breaches or jeopardises their interests.

  1. In case of legal entities or organisations with no legal entity, the membership rights are exercised by a senior officer of the entity or the person who is entitled to do so by means of a private agreement with probative value.


  1. VI. MEETING of the General Assembly

  1. The Association's main and decision making organ is the General Assembly consisting of all members of the Association.

  2. Meetings of the General Assembly are open to the public. The General Assembly has the right to decide about the exclusion of the public or the restriction of the publicity, if necessary.

  3. The General Assembly must be convened whenever necessary, but at least once a year. The Board is entitled to convene an extraordinary General Assembly at any time. The Board must convene an extraordinary General Assembly, if the Association's assets do not cover the credits due, presumably the Association will not be able to settle their obligations by their due date, or the achievement of the Association's goal might be jeopardised and if ordered by a court or requested by at least one third of the members – by indicating the reason and the aim – in writing.

  4. The General Assembly is convened by the Chairperson, or if the Chairperson is prevented from doing so, by any other member of the Board.

  5. The General Assembly is convened at least fifteen days before the date of the planned Assembly in a verifiable manner, by sending a written invitation by electronic means. The invitation shall contain the name and registered office of the Association, the location, as well as the time and planned agenda of the General Assembly.

  6. The agenda of the General Meeting is put together by the Board and the members have the opportunity to submit additional proposals regarding the agenda up to three days before the meeting at the latest. The Chairperson is entitled to make a decision regarding the supplementation of the agenda under the condition that if the Chairperson rejects the supplementation then the General Assembly is entitled to make a decision regarding the supplementation of the agenda before the agenda is adopted.

Where appropriate, the Chairperson is entitled to suggest the supplementation of the agenda before the start of the meeting and the General Assembly makes a decision in this regard also before the agenda is adopted.

  1. The location of the General Assembly is the registered office of the Association or any other location indicated in the invitation.

  2. The General Assembly can be held by electronic means as well. The user name and password received when they joined the Association serve as the verification of the members' identities.

Tools that can be used to facilitate electronic meetings: Skype videoconferencing

  1. The General Assembly has a quorum if more than the half of the members having the right to vote are present. If the General Assembly does not have a quorum within half an hour after the original time of the Assembly, then the General Assembly must be postponed and repeated. The repeated General Assembly has a quorum regarding the issues on the agenda of the original General Assembly irrespective of the number of members present and this circumstance must be indicated on the invitation. The repeated General Assembly can be convened on the same day when the original General Assembly without a quorum, if this is indicated in the invitation of the original General Assembly under the conditions regarding the quorum.

  2. If the General Assembly was not convened in an ordinary manner, then all members have to be present and approve of the General Assembly unanimously, otherwise the General Assembly cannot take place.

  3. The General Assembly is presided over by the Chairperson of the Association, or if the Chairperson is prevented from doing so, by any other member of the Board. After opening the meeting, the General Assembly elects one person each from among its own members to count the votes, to take the minutes and to verify the minutes.

  4. Unless otherwise provided by present Statute, the decisions of the General Assembly are taken by means of public vote, if more than half of the members present vote yes. In the event of a tied vote, the proposal must be considered as rejected. On request of more than half of the members present, the General Assembly is entitled to make decisions regarding any issue by voting processes requiring other than a simple majority.

  5. The General Assembly can make decisions regarding the new members, the resignation of senior officers and the modification of the Statute in an open vote, if at least two third of the members present votes with “yes”. Furthermore, the General Assembly can make decisions regarding the modification of the Association's aim, the dissolution and winding up of the Association, the merger of the Association with another company or its de-merger in an open vote, if at least three quarters of the members present votes with “yes”.

  6. The General Assembly can make decisions regarding the appointment of the senior officers in an open vote and on request of more than half of the members present they can decide on any issues. In case of a secret vote, a commission is set up consisting of three members counting the votes chosen from the members of the General Assembly which ensures the conditions of the secret vote, counts the votes and establishes the result of the voting.

  7. People may not take part in the decision making process of the General Assembly, if they are released from obligations and liabilities based on a resolution, are granted any other advantage, if a contract should be entered into with them based on a resolution, if a claim should be initiated against them or if they are personally affected by the decision. Furthermore, people, whose relatives are affected by the decision and those who are connected to an organisation affected by the decision, if that connection guarantees a majority vote, are not entitled to vote. Non-financial services that can be used by anyone without restrictions within the framework of the Association's allocations by purpose and such allocations provided by the Association to their members based on their membership status in line with the goals laid down in the Statute are not considered to be advantages.

  8. Based on the Board's decision, the General Assembly is entitled to make decisions without holding a meeting. In such cases, the Board shall send its draft decision to the members in advance in writing by electronic means or by post. The members are entitled to send their vote to the Board in writing by electronic means or by post within eight days upon receipt of the draft. The decision making procedure is considered as successful, if at least as many „yes“ votes are sent to the Board as many members with voting rights would have been needed to be present at the meeting to have a quorum. Within three days upon the last day of the deadline set for the vote, the Board shall count the votes, establish the result and inform the members about it within another three days.

  9. The minutes of the General Assembly must be taken and must include the location and time of the General Assembly, the name of the chairperson, the important remarks and proposals made during the meeting and the decisions made. The minutes are authenticated through the signatures of the chairperson and the person chosen to verify the minutes. The public parts of the minutes must be published on the Association's home page.


  1. VII. Competencies of the General Assembly

The following tasks fall under the exclusive competence of the General Assembly:

  1. Formulating and modifying the Statute,

  2. Making a decision on winding up the Association, the merger of the Association with another company or its de-merger;

  3. Appointing and dismissing the senior officers and determining their fees;

  4. Granting the Association's individual sections, as organisational units, legal personality and withdraw it;

  5. Approving the annual budget;

  6. Approving the financial report in line with the Act of Accounting;

  7. Approving the annual professional report of the Board;

  8. Approving the conclusion of contracts between the Association and its own members, the members of the Board or their relatives;

  9. Making decisions regarding issues that fall under the exclusive competences of the Board according to legal provisions or the present Statute.


VIII. BOARD MEETING

  1. The activities of the Association are controlled by the Board in the intervals within General Assemblies. The Board is entitled to make decisions regarding all issues linked to the Board's operation, with the exception of cases, which are, according to legal provisions or present Statute, the exclusive responsibility of the General Assembly.

  2. The Board is a body consisting of 5 members, is elected by the General Assembly for a definite period of five years; the Board members at the time when the Association was founded are listed in Annex 2 of present Statute. It consists of the Chairperson, two deputy chairs and two Board members. The Board members are senior officers of the Association who must carry out their duties themselves.

  3. The Board shall meet whenever necessary, but at least quarterly. An extraordinary Board meeting must be convened if requested by any Board member.

  4. The Board meeting is convened by the Chairperson, or if the Chairperson is prevented from doing so, by any deputy chair by means of an invitation sent by electronic means or per post at least three days before the meeting and the invitation must contain the meeting's agenda.

  5. The Board meetings are not public; in addition to the Board members, only people invited by the Chairperson on a permanent or ad-hoc basis might be present.

  6. The Board has a quorum if all Board members are present. Each Board member has one vote. The decisions of the Board are made by means of an open vote and the “yes” vote of the majority of the Board members present is necessary to make a decision. In the event of a tied vote, the proposal must be considered as rejected. A person, who or whose relatives are exempted from an obligation or liability, are granted any benefits or have another interest in the legal action to be carried out based on the decision cannot take part in the decision making of the Board.

  7. Requirements towards and grounds for exclusion for Board members:

  1. Only adults of legal age can be Board members, whose capacity to act within the scope of their competences is not restricted;

  2. People who were sentenced to imprisonment by a final court decision due to committing a crime cannot be Board members, while they are not exempt from the negative consequences resulting from the previous criminal records;

  3. People who have been banned from carrying out the activities of senior officers cannot be Board members for the time period defined in the decision imposing the ban.

  1. The appointment of the Board members ceases:

  1. By the set deadline;

  2. If submitted in writing, on the day when this document is received by the Board;

  3. If dismissed by the General Assembly, on the day of receipt of the General Assembly's decision regarding this issue if the decision contains a justification;

  4. If there is grounds for exclusion or a conflict of interest laid down in the legal provisions or present Statute that apply to the senior officer.

  1. Circumstances that justify the dismissal of Board members by the General Assembly:

  1. If the member breaches or neglects the Statute's provisions applicable to their function deliberately despite a written notification regarding this matter;

  2. Negligence of the operation of the Board for a prolonged period of time;

  3. If the member is considered unfit from an ethical point of view;

  4. If the member does not take the financial interests of the Association into consideration for a prolonged time period;

  5. If the member is sentenced to imprisonment by a final court judgement;

  6. If the member is banned from carrying out the duties of a senior officer by a final court judgement.


  1. IX. COMPETENCIES of the Board

The Board has the following competencies:

  1. The supervision, control and organisation of the Association's activities, making decisions necessary for the daily operation of the Association;

  2. Preparation of the General Assembly and determining the items on the agenda;

  3. Preparation of the proposals regarding the annual budget and the report required in line with the Act on Accounting and submitting these to the General Assembly;

  4. Preparation of the annual professional statement and submitting it to the General Assembly;

  5. Implementing the decisions of the General Assembly and checking their implementation;

  6. Submitting proposals to the General Assembly regarding the establishment of memberships;

  7. Making decisions regarding the exclusion of members;

  8. Managing the Association's assets, deciding on economic-activities, deciding on obtaining, encumbering or selling movable assets, or on taking out a loan;

  9. Adopting the Association's regulations with the exception of present Statute;

  10. Registration of the records of the Resolutions, the Association's documentation, regulations and other books, keeping files on the operation of the Association;

  11. Making decisions regarding issues that according to the legal provisions, present Statute or any decision of the General Assembly are within the scope of responsibilities of the Board.


  1. X. Chairperson

  1. The Chairperson is the most important senior officer of the Association, who supervises and controls the Association's activities in cooperation with the Board.

  2. The Chairperson has the following competencies:

  1. Convening and chairing the meetings of the General Assembly and the Board;

  2. Representing the Association independently in front of courts, authorities and other third persons;

  3. Carrying out all tasks that according to the legal provisions, present Statute or any decision of the General Assembly are within the scope of Chairperson's responsibilities.

  1. The Chairperson is entitled to assign representative or other tasks to the deputy chair in certain cases or certain groups of cases. Furthermore, the deputy chairs are not entitled to act in the name of the Association without the notification of the Chairperson or to assume any liability in their name.


  1. XI. Sections

    1. In order to achieve its goals, the Association is entitled to set up sections within Hungary or abroad. If the necessary legal conditions and facilities are in place, then certain sections – with separate organisation and assets – can work as independent legal personalities.

    2. Sections that operate as independent legal personalities lay down their operation rules in their own regulations which cannot be contrary to present Statute.

    3. Sections that operate as independent legal personalities are represented by the head of the given section in front of the General Assembly.


  1. XII. MANAGEMENT AND ASSETS OF THE ASSOCIATION, MEMBERSHIP FEE

  1. The management of the Association is based on an annual budget.

  2. The assets of the Association can include cash, movable and immovable assets, as well as property rights.

  3. The Association manages its income independently and is responsible for settling its debts with its own assets. The members of the Association are not responsible for the debts of the Association with their own assets.

  4. Income necessary for the operation of the Association:

  1. membership fees and fees from sponsoring members;

  2. aid and donations given by natural persons and business organisations;

  3. income from events;

  4. aid from the state, as well as from community bodies and other organs;

  5. income from economic activities;

  6. other income.

  1. The membership fee is determined in line with the aim of the Association, the resources necessary for carrying out the Association's tasks and the financial capacity of the members taking into consideration the assets necessary for the operation of the Association.

  2. The annual membership fee is EUR 1 for natural persons in 2016. The minimum annual membership fee for sponsoring members in 2016 is EUR 100.

    • Sponsoring member who is paying at least EUR 3,000 to the Association is entitled to wear the Golden Sponsor title of the Central-European Circus Art Association.

    • Sponsoring member who is paying at least EUR 2,000 to the Association is entitled to wear the Silver Sponsor title of the Central-European Circus Art Association.

    • Sponsoring member who is paying at least EUR 1,000 to the Association is entitled to wear the Bronze Sponsor title of the Central-European Circus Art Association.

  1. The modification of the amount of the membership fee and the membership fee for sponsoring members is adopted by the General Assembly on proposal of the Board and it does not necessitate the modification of the Statute. The payment of the membership fee for members and for sponsoring members must be settled annually, by the 15th of January of the given year at the latest.

    Name and address of the holder: AKCENTA CZ a. s. Gočárova 312 Hradec Králové 500 02 Czech Republic
    Name of the bank of the holder: Deutsche Bank AG Czech Republic
    Currency: EUR
    IBAN: CZ5879100000003133200106
    SWIFT: DEUTCZPX
    Transfer statement: 60688/Közép-Európai Cirkuszművészeti / Always write this in the bank transfer statement/

    Hungarian Forint account

    Name of the holder:  Közép-Európai Cirkuszművészeti Egyesület/Central European Circusart Association  (CECA)
    Name of the bank of the holder:   OTP Bank
    Account number: 11707110-21455481
    Name of the account: CECA
    Currency: HUF


  2. In order to achieve its goals and to facilitate its operation, the Association may carry out economic activities in a complementary manner, if it does not jeopardise the achievement of their goals and if they are directly linked to their implementation. The results of the economic activities of the Association are not distributed to the Association's members, they can be used for the achievement of the Association's goals only.


  1. XIII. WINDING UP THE ASSOCIATION

  1. The Association ceases to exist

  1. if the General Assembly decides to dissolve the Association;

  2. through a merger with another association (fusion, integration);

  3. if an organ entitled to do so winds up the Association;

  4. if it becomes impossible to achieve their goals;

  5. if the number of their members does not reach 10 for 6 months;

  6. in cases laid down in legal provisions.

  1. The Association is only allowed to merge with another association, and can be dissolved back only into an association.

  2. If the Association is dissolved, its assets must be used – after settling the obligations towards creditors – for the purposes of NGOs with the same goals as the Association.

Issues not regulated in present Statute shall be governed by the provisions of the Act on NGOs and the provisions of the Civil Code regarding associations, as well as other applicable legal provisions.

Budapest, March 19, 2017


CLAUSE

Present Statute was adopted by decision no. 2017/1 of the General Assembly of the Central-European Circus Art Association on March 19, 2017 in Budapest. 

  • Tíz ország artistaművészeinek egybehangzó szavazatával alakult meg a Közép-európai Cirkuszművészeti Egyesület a Cirkuszi szomszédolás című műsor zárónapján a Fővárosi Nagycirkuszban. 

    2017. március 19-én a Fővárosi Nagycirkuszban ünnepélyes keretek között megalakult a CECA (Central European Circus Art Association), a Közép-európai Cirkuszművészeti Egyesület. Az alapító tagok – elsősorban artistaművészek és a cirkuszművészethez aktívan kapcsolódó háttérszakmák képviselői, táncosok, zenészek, műszaki dolgozók, rendezők, cirkuszmenedzserek – a Fővárosi Nagycirkusz Cirkuszi szomszédolás című műsorának sikere kapcsán döntöttek úgy, hogy szükség van egy olyan szervezetre, amely a cirkuszművészet közép-európai regionális érdekeit képviseli. „Összefogás, respekt és egymás művészetének elfogadása” – ezzel a mottóval és célkitűzéssel fogadták el az alapszabályt. A cirkuszművészet az emberi teljesítőképesség határait feszegető, társadalmi üzeneteket hordozó és kifejező előadó-művészeti ág; s a tervezett új budapesti nemzeti cirkuszközpont egyben a közép-európai régiót is hivatott kiszolgálni.

    Az új egyesület felvételét kéri mindkét nagy világszervezetbe: a Cirkuszművészeti Világszövetségbe (Fédération Mondiale du Cirque), valamint az Európai Cirkuszművészeti Szövetségbe (European Circus Association), azok programját magára nézve is iránymutatónak tartja. A most alakult szervezetnek tagja lehet valamennyi artistaművész, cirkuszművészethez kapcsolódó háttérdolgozó, cirkusztámogató, akinek aktív kapcsolata van a közép-európai cirkuszi régióval. Az alapító tagok között szerepelnek Ausztria, Olaszország, Szlovákia, Lengyelország, Ukrajna, Románia, Szerbia, Horvátország és Magyarország művészei és cirkuszi szakemberei. Az elnökség tagjai: Adriana Folco Knie (Olaszország/ Ausztria), Viktor Yarov (Ukrajna), Manfred Kannacher (Németország), Hunyadi János Mátyás „Arkan” (Románia). Az egyesület elnöki posztjára Fekete Péter miniszteri biztost, a Fővárosi Nagycirkusz igazgatóját választotta a közgyűlés.

  • Circus artists from ten countries unanimously voted to establish the Central European Circus Art Association on the final day of the Neighbouring Circus show at the Capital Circus of Budapest. The Central European Circus Art Association (CECA) was established at a ceremony in the Capital Circus of Budapest on March 19, 2017.

    The founding members – mainly circus artists and representatives of the background trades actively involved in the circus arts, such as dancers, musicians, technical staff, directors and circus managers – decided in connection with the success of the Neighbouring Circus show at the Capital Circus of Budapest that there is indeed a need for an organisation that represents the Central European regional interests of circus art. The statutes were adopted under the motto and goal “Unity, respect and acceptance of each other’s art”. Circus art is a branch of the arts that pushes people’s ability to the limits in their performance, which carries and expresses social issues. The planned new national circus centre in Budapest is intended to serve the Central European region as well. 

    The new Association has applied for admission to the two large international organisations, the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque and the European Circus Association, accepting their programmes as guiding principles for itself. All circus artists, people working in the background trades connected with the circus arts and circus sponsors who are actively involved in the Central European circus region can become members of the newly formed Association. The founding members include artists and circus experts from Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. The members of the executive board are Adriana Folco Knie (Italy/Austria), Viktor Yarov (Ukraine), Manfred Kannacher (Germany) and János Mátyás “Arkan” Hunyadi (Romania). The ministerial commissioner and director of the Capital Circus of Budapest, Péter Fekete, was elected president of the Association by the General Assembly.