With effect from 17th September 2015
STATUTES OF THE
EUROPEAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
APPENDIX A MEMBERS OF EHF
ARTICLE 1 INTRODUCTION
1.1. The Organization has been incorporated as an international non-profit organization (“internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk”/”association internationale sans but lucratif”) in accordance with the laws of Belgium, governed by the provisions of Title III of the Law of 27 June 1921 on non-profit organizations, international non-profit organizations and foundations, as modified (the “NPO-Law”).
All deeds, invoices, announcements, publications and other documents originating from the Organization shall contain the Organization’s name, immediately preceded or followed by the words “international non-profit organization” (“internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk”/”association internationale sans but lucratif”) or the abbreviation “INPO” as well as the address of the Organization’s registered office.
1.2. The name of the organization is “European Hockey Federation” (the “Organization”). The Organization may also use the abbreviation “EHF”. These Statutes, together with the regulations issued under them, form the applicable rules and principles of the European Hockey Federation .
1.3. The registered office of the European Hockey Federation is at 1210 Brussels (Saint-Josse-Ten Noode), Avenue des Arts 1-2, in the legal arrondissement of Brussels.
1.4. The official language of the EHF is French. The working languages of the EHF are French and English. Any communications to the EHF must be in one of those two working languages. Where there may be any conflict between the English wording and the French of any document produced in both languages, then the French shall prevail.
1.5. The Organization is formed for an unlimited duration.
1.6. Words and terms appearing in the Statutes in italicised text bear the defined meanings given to them in Article 11 of these Statutes.
2.1. EHF is recognised by FIH as the sole continental authority for the governance and regulation of hockey in Europe. As such it:
2.1.1. recognises the sole ultimate authority of the FIH as the International governing body for the sport of Hockey worldwide;
2.1.2. formally undertakes to be bound by and to comply at all times with the FIH’s Statutes and regulations, and with the decisions taken by the FIH and its constituent bodies (including the FIH Congress, the FIH Executive Board, and other duly appointed officials and bodies of the FIH) pursuant to and in application of the FIH Statutes and regulations;
2.1.3. agrees not to become a member of or recognise or otherwise support any organisation with similar objects to the FIH unless that organisation is recognised by the FIH;
2.1.4. agrees not to bring any proposed amendments to these Statutes into effect, or to adopt any regulations, or to adopt any fundamental initiative or change in its operations, without the prior approval of the FIH’s Executive Board;
2.1.5. commits itself to the ideals and objects of the Olympic Movement;
2.1.6. declares its opposition to discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, politics, religion or creed;
2.1.7. declares the independence and autonomy of the FIH, the Continental Federations and the National Associations to govern and regulate the sport of Hockey, including exercising the right of democratic elections free of any outside influence; and
2.1.8. submits to the jurisdiction of the FIH Disciplinary Commissioner, the FIH Judicial Commission, and the CAS to hear and determine disputes and appeals as set out in Article 11 of the FIH Statutes, to the exclusion of all other courts, tribunals and arbitration bodies of any Country or organisation whatsoever.
2.2. By delegated authority from the FIH, the EHF shall take responsibility for the following:
2.2.1. administering, promoting and developing Hockey for both men and women within Europe pursuant to a strategic plan that is developed and maintained in consultation with FIH and is consistent with the FIH’s own strategic plan;
2.2.2. governing and regulating Hockey at a continental level within Europe, recognising the authority of National Associations to govern and regulate the sport at a national level, all in accordance with and subject to the FIH’s ultimate authority over the sport;
2.2.3. maintaining the ideals and objects of the Olympic Movement;
2.2.4. preserving the integrity of the sport as it is practised within Europe, including (without limitation) implementing within Europe anti-doping regulations that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIH’s Anti-Doping regulations, and anti-corruption regulations that are compliant with the FIH’s Anti-Corruption regulations, and other appropriate codes of conduct, and ensuring that such regulations and codes are enforced at all Hockey events played in Europe which are sanctioned by the FIH, the EHF and/or a Member (as applicable);
2.2.5. maintaining good relations with the FIH and with the other Continental Federations;
2.2.6. organising such International Events as are delegated to EHF by FIH, on such terms and conditions as the FIH may specify;
2.2.7. organising and/or sanctioning Continental Events and matches (whether between countries or clubs) within Europe in accordance with EHF’s Statutes and regulations on Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Events (provided that the proposed dates for such tournaments, events and matches must be approved in advance by the FIH);
2.2.8. establishing and enforcing appropriate disciplinary measures for all tournaments, events and matches that it organises;
2.2.9. exercising such other powers and responsibilities as are delegated to it by the FIH; and
2.2.10. establishing and maintaining an efficient administration to control, regulate and direct its affairs.
3.1. In furtherance of its purposes, EHF may:
3.1.1 (subject always to the approval of the FIH and in accordance to the rules set forth in the Statutes and the NPO-law) amend these Statutes, and/or establish and enforce regulations, to make further provision for the management, regulation and control of the sport of Hockey in Europe and/or the affairs of EHF, its Members and for the resolution of disputes relating thereto;
3.1.2 apply and enforce the Statutes and regulations and/or ensure their application and enforcement by Members throughout Europe;
3.1.3 organise and/or sanction the organisation of Continental Events;
3.1.4 raise funds to finance its activities by all appropriate means, including by levying subscriptions and other fees from Members, by exploiting the commercial assets of EHF, including its intellectual property rights and any sponsorship, broadcasting and/or other commercial rights that it controls, including in relation to Continental Events, and by receiving donations;
3.1.5 invest any funds not immediately required to fund the EHF’s activities in such manner as the Executive Board thinks fit;
3.1.6 employ and pay any person(s) to supervise, organise and carry out the work of EHF;
3.1.7 purchase, lease or otherwise acquire any property or other rights and privileges, construct, maintain and alter any buildings or premises, and/or sell, let, mortgage, dispose of or turn to account all or any of the property or assets of EHF;
3.1.8 establish, participate, collaborate with, grant loans to, invest in the capital of, or, in any manner, directly or indirectly, take participations in other legal entities, associations and companies of private or public nature, governed by Belgian or foreign laws.
3.1.9 develop any activity that contributes directly or indirectly to the realisation of above mentioned idealistic non-profit purposes, including the subordinate commercial and profitable activities within the scope of what is legally allowed and the proceeds of which are at all times destined for the realisation of the idealistic non profitable purposes.
3.1.10 impose such penalties (including penalties of a financial nature) as it shall deem fit for failure to respect the Statutes or regulations or for conduct prejudicial to the interest of the game of hockey or to one or more of EHF’s National Associations or to one of its clubs, whether caused by a Member or by a club or individual belonging to or under the jurisdiction of that National Association. (EHF will devolve to the extent it sees fit its disciplinary functions to the Independent EHF Disciplinary Commissioner.)
3.1.11 The assets and funds of EHF shall be administered by the Honorary Treasurer of EHF under the control of the Executive Board. Each financial period shall cover one calendar year starting on 1st January and terminating on 31st December the same year. The Honorary Treasurer shall annually prepare accounts for the previous financial period and a budget for the following financial period. After the confirmation of the budget and the accounts by the Executive Board, the budget and accounts will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. The accounts shall be audited by the Auditor appointed in accordance to Article 5.1.4.
3.1.12 exercise all such other rights, powers and authorities and take such other lawful actions as may be considered necessary or desirable to achieve its purposes.
3.2. EHF will exercise its powers through its constituent bodies and officials, i.e., the General Assembly, the Executive Board, the President, the Director General, and/or other bodies or committees or persons appointed by and representing EHF.
4.1. EHF is composed of at least three (3) Members. The organisation may also admit Adherent Members who have rights and obligations, which are granted to them by the present Statutes.
Where a body in a European country becomes an Adherent Member of FIH, it shall also become an Adherent Member of EHF, and Adherent membership shall be granted provisionally by the Executive Board of EHF on such terms and subject to such conditions as the latter shall lay down in each case.
In no circumstances shall an Adherent Member have any voting rights, nor shall Adherent Members be included in the calculation of the “majority”, “simple majority” or “special majority” referred to in Articles 5, 6 and 10. At the first General Assembly to be held following the grant of provisional Adherent membership, a motion shall be proposed to confirm this.
4.2. The Members shall be the organisations recognised by the FIH as the National Associations for Countries located within Europe except that in exceptional circumstances, a National Association of a Country that is located within another continent may be admitted to membership, provided that it is not a member of another Continental Federation and the FIH approves its membership of the EHF. The present Members of EHF are listed in Appendix A to these Statutes.
4.3. Without prejudice to the powers of suspension set out in these Statutes (see Article 4.6), membership of the EHF is coterminous with membership of the FIH, and therefore:
4.3.1. a National Association that is recognized as a member of the FIH shall automatically be deemed recognized as a member of the EHF;
4.3.2. a National Association that is suspended from membership of the FIH shall automatically be deemed suspended from membership of EHF
4.3.3. a National Association that withdraws from or is removed from membership of the FIH shall automatically be deemed to have withdrawn from or to have been removed from membership of the EHF.
4.4. All Members and Adherent Members, as well as all of the EHF’s constituent bodies, officers, employees and appointees (including, without limitation, any person holding any EHF appointment or sitting on a board or committee), and all persons participating in any way in activities controlled and/or sanctioned by the EHF (including, without limitation, any person who is involved in organising and/or participates as an Athlete, umpire, tournament official or team official in any Continental Event), shall be deemed to have agreed and acknowledged that:
4.4.1. subject only to the FIH’s ultimate authority, the EHF has authority over the governance, regulation, and playing of Hockey in Europe;
4.4.2. they shall not become a member of or recognise or otherwise support any organisation with similar objects to EHF unless that organisation is recognised by EHF;
4.4.3. they are bound by and must comply with the Statutes and the regulations, and with the decisions taken by the EHF and its constituent bodies (including the General Assembly, the Executive Board, and other duly appointed officials and bodies of EHF) pursuant to and in application and enforcement of the Statutes and the regulations; and
4.4.4. they submit to the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Commissioners of the FIH and of the EHF (as the case may be), and of the FIH Judicial Commission and the CAS, to hear and determine disputes and appeals as set out in Article 10 of these Statutes, to the exclusion of all other courts, tribunals and arbitration bodies of any Country or organisation whatsoever.
The EHF may from time to time require any of them to execute a written agreement (in a form to be determined by the Executive Board) confirming that acknowledgement and agreement, but they shall be deemed to have made such agreement and acknowledgement whether or not such a written agreement is in place.
4.5. Rights and obligations of Members, Provisional Members and Adherent Members:
4.5.1. Unless suspended from membership:
22.214.171.124. Only the Members shall enjoy all of the rights and benefits conferred on Members by the NPO-law, Statutes and regulations, including (without limitation) recognition as the sole national governing body for Hockey in that Member’s Country and the right to participate in meetings of the General Assembly and to cast a vote on resolutions put to the General Assembly; and
126.96.36.199. a Provisional and Adherent Member may attend and speak but may not vote at meetings of the General Assembly. In all other respects, Provisional Members and Adherent Members shall enjoy the same rights and benefits as Members.
4.5.2. Each Member, Provisional Member and Adherent Member:
188.8.131.52. must respect and further the commitment and purpose of EHF set out in Article 2;
4.5.3. Each Member and Provisional Member:
184.108.40.206. must pay when due all membership fees decided upon by the General Assembly and any other monies due and owing to EHF. Any Member that has failed to pay any part of any fees or other debt when due for payment to EHF: (A) may not enter any team in a Continental Event without the approval of EHF, unless it settles all such debts at least three months before the start of the Continental Event in question; and (B) may not attend (and so may not vote at) any meeting of the General Assembly unless the full amount owing is paid (in fully cleared funds) at least 24 hours before the start of the meeting;
220.127.116.11. must comply with the requirements of these Statutes and the regulations issued hereunder, as well as the Statutes and regulations of the FIH, including (without limitation) submitting to the authority and jurisdiction of EHF and its constituent bodies as set out at Article 3.4;
18.104.22.168. must adopt and implement and enforce within its Country statutes and regulations that are consistent with these Statutes and regulations, as well as anti-doping regulations that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIH Anti-Doping regulations (as amended from time to time);
22.214.171.124. must recognise and enforce within its Country: (A) all decisions of EHF’s constituent bodies and/or officials made under the Statutes and regulations; (B) periods of ineligibility and other disciplinary sanctions imposed under the Statutes and regulations; and (C) periods of ineligibility and other disciplinary sanctions imposed by the FIH, EHF, other Continental Federations, and/or other National Associations;
126.96.36.199. must provide in its statutes (in a form approved by the Executive Board) that each of its members and all persons under its jurisdiction acknowledges and agrees on his/its own part to each of the matters set out in Article 3.4; and
188.8.131.52. should file an annual report with the Executive Board within the first three (3) months of each year, reporting on the Member’s activities (including major domestic championships and international competitions staged, and drug-testing conducted) in the previous year.
4.6. Suspension of members
4.6.1. Upon the proposal of the Executive Board, the General Assembly may (by resolution supported by a Special Majority) suspend any Member from membership of EHF if:
184.108.40.206. the Member is in arrear of more than two (2) years of membership fees ; or
220.127.116.11. the Member has committed a serious or persistent breach of its obligations as a Member, or has neglected or compromised the interests of EHF; or
18.104.22.168. there is other just cause to suspend the Member;
PROVIDED ALWAYS THAT the Member shall be given due notice of any such proposal for suspension, as well as of the grounds for that proposal, and shall be given the opportunity to be heard by the General Assembly before any final decision is made in respect of such proposal. Furthermore, any such decision shall be subject to challenge by the Member, such challenge to be heard by the FIH Judicial Commission in accordance with Article 10.2 of these Statutes.
4.6.2. In cases where action short of suspension is warranted against a Member, the General Assembly has the power to caution or censure the Member, withhold from the Member grants or subsidies, exclude the Member’s teams from one or more Continental Event(s), remove or deny accreditation to officers or other representatives of the Member, or take such other action against the Member as it deems appropriate, provided that the Member shall be given due notice and an opportunity to be heard before any final decision is made. Furthermore, any such decision shall be subject to challenge by the Member, such challenge to be heard by the FIH Judicial Commission in accordance with Article 10.2 of these Statutes.
4.6.3. Where a Member has been suspended, or after ceasing to be a Member for any reason, that National Association (or its replacement, where there has been any change of it) shall, before being admitted or re-admitted, fulfil all its (or the previous National Association’s) financial obligations to EHF, that have accumulated before or during such suspension or cessation.
4.6.4. A Member which has been suspended (see Articles 4.6.1, 4.6.2 and 4.6.5 ) may not exercise any of the rights or benefits of membership of EHF during the period of such suspension. In particular, a suspended Member may not attend meetings of the General Assembly other than to be heard in accordance with Article 4.6.1 or 4.6.2. Other Members may not maintain sporting contact with a suspended Member.
4.6.5. The Executive Board may at any time (by resolution supported by a Special Majority) (i) suspend, (ii) propose to suspend a Member on any of the grounds set out in Article 4.6.1, or (iii) exercise any of the powers given to the General Assembly in Article 4.6.2, pending ratification or consideration by the General Assembly at its next meeting of the Executive Board’s (i) suspension of, (ii) proposal for suspension of or (iii) other action in respect of that Member. The Executive Board shall give the Member due notice and an opportunity to be heard (by means of written submission, unless otherwise specified by the Executive Board) before it makes any such decision.
4.6.6. For the meeting of the Executive Board during which the (proposal) for the suspension or other actions in accordance to Article 4.6.2 juncto 4.6.5, will be discussed, a notice of at least six (6) weeks is given to the Executive Board’s Officers and ordinary members. Furthermore, any such decision shall be subject to the right of appeal by the Member to the FIH Judicial Commission in accordance with Article 10.2 of these Statutes, made within two months of the General Assembly which ratified the suspension.
4.7. EHF recognises that each Member has sole authority for the governance and regulation of the sport in its Country. EHF agrees not to recognise any body that makes any claim that is inconsistent with that authority.
4.8. Neither these Statutes nor membership of EHF shall create a partnership or agency relationship between the EHF and its Members. Members are not liable for the debts or obligations of EHF, and the EHF is not liable for the debts or obligations of Members.
5.1 Composition and authority
- The General Assembly represents the Members of EHF in general meeting.
5.1.2. Subject always to Article 2.1, the General Assembly holds ultimate and supreme authority in relation to the affairs of EHF, including sole and exclusive authority (i) to elect the Officers and other members of the Executive Board; (ii) to agree to dissolve EHF, (iii) to approve the budget and the accounts and (iv) grant discharge of liability to the Officers and other members of the Executive Board.
- Each Member shall be entitled to one vote.
- At each Ordinary General Assembly an Auditor shall be appointed to be responsible for the Audit of the accounts of EHF, and it shall produce a report thereon. The Auditor’s Report shall be presented to the Members at the next Ordinary General Assembly.
5.1.5. The General Assembly may delegate any of its other powers to the Executive Board, and/or may refer items to the Executive Board for consideration and report.
5.2. Election to the Executive Board
- Nomination of candidates for Officers or ordinary members of the Executive Board of EHF shall be sent to the Director General by registered mail or by facsimile transmission or by email at least two months before an Ordinary General Assembly, and details of those standing for re-election and new candidatures shall be notified by the Director General to the Members at least one month before the meeting.
- A candidate for election or re-election (as the case may be) as an Officer or ordinary member of the Executive Board must be nominated or re-nominated (as the case may be) by his or her country’s National Association and must be a citizen of that country. By making the nomination or re-nomination that Member shall thereby be deemed to give to EHF an undertaking to support financially such person or persons, so that they can attend meetings of the Executive Board.
- Elections for President, Vice Presidents, Hon. Treasurer and ordinary members of the Executive Board of EHF together with the Commissioner of the Appeals Panel shall be taken in this order and shall be by ballot.
- Where the number of candidates (new or standing for re-election) validly nominated for any position or positions does not exceed the number of vacancies, then the candidate or candidates validly nominated shall be declared elected without a formal vote.
- Where the number of candidates for any position or positions exceeds the number of vacancies, then there shall be a ballot, and the candidate(s) receiving the most votes shall be declared elected (notwithstanding that the simple majority of the eligible votes may not be obtained).
- If two or more candidates for the last available vacancy or vacancies receive an equal number of votes, then, where there are more candidates than vacancies, there shall be a re-ballot between those candidates only. In the event that there is again an equality of votes, then there shall be a final ballot. In the event that there is still an equality of votes then the place will remain vacant until the next General Assembly.
- When, in electing the members of the Executive Board of EHF, it is necessary to elect one or two male members or one or two female members, in order to satisfy Article 6.1.1 below, there shall first be a ballot among the male or female candidates (as the case may be) in order to fulfil the condition imposed by Article 6.1.1. In such a case the required number of male or female members shall be elected by ballot, with the vacancy or vacancies being filled by the candidates receiving the most votes. Any candidates who have not been elected in this ballot may stand again in the subsequent ballot (involving both male and female candidates) for the remaining positions on the Executive Board.
5.3.1. Ordinary meetings of the General Assembly shall be held once every year. The Executive Board shall determine the date, the venue and the agenda for each such meeting. Any item that a Member wishes to be considered for inclusion on the agenda must be sent to the Director General in writing, with a brief explanation, at least two (2) months before the date of the meeting.
5.3.2. Extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly shall be held (i) on the request of the Executive Board or the President; (ii) within three (3) months of the death, resignation or permanent incapacity of the President; or (iii) within three (3) months of receipt by the Director General of a request signed by at least one third (1/3) of all Members, stating the matters to be discussed at the meeting. The Executive Board shall determine the date, the venue and the agenda for each such meeting, except that the business of an extraordinary meeting that is requested by Members shall be as specified in that request.
5.3.3. Members shall be given no less than three (3) months’ notice of the date and venue of any ordinary meeting of the General Assembly and no less than two (2) months’ notice of the date and venue of any extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly. The formal convocation of Members shall be made in writing at least one (1) month before the date of the meeting, and shall include an agenda stating the nature of the business to be transacted at such meeting, as well as (in the case of an ordinary meeting) copies of the President’s report and the audited financial statements of EHF for the period since the last ordinary meeting of the General Assembly, and a list of the persons who have been nominated to stand in any election(s) to be conducted at the meeting.
5.3.4. Any matter that is not included on the agenda sent to Members at least one (1) month before the date of the meeting of the General Assembly may only be discussed at the meeting if the Members present at the meeting agree by a Special Majority to do so.
5.3.5. Meetings of the General Assembly may be attended by the following persons:
22.214.171.124. Each Member, Provisional Member and Adherent Member that is not in arrears (see Article 126.96.36.199) or suspended from membership (see Article 4.6) may send up to two (2) delegates to the meeting, each of whom must be affiliated to that Member/Adherent Member. One of those two delegates (who must be a citizen of the Member’s Country) must be designated the head of the delegation, with exclusive authority to speak for and (in the case of a Member) to cast the vote of that Member on each resolution put to the General Assembly at the meeting.
188.8.131.52. A Member whose suspension is on the agenda may send up to two (2) delegates to that part of the meeting where such suspension is considered, one of whom (who must be a citizen of that National Association’s Country) must be designated the head of the delegation. He may speak to but may not vote on the resolution for suspension. If the resolution is not passed, from that point the delegation may remain in the meeting and may speak to and vote (exclusively through the head of its delegation) on all subsequent resolutions put to the General Assembly at the meeting.
184.108.40.206. Members of the Executive Board, who may speak at meetings of the General Assembly in their own right but may not vote on resolutions put to the General Assembly.
220.127.116.11. Members of Honour of EHF and other observers, at the discretion of the President.
5.3.6. No business (save for adjournment of the meeting) may be conducted at a meeting of the General Assembly that is not quorate. For a meeting of the General Assembly to be quorate, one-third (1/3) of all Members must be in attendance at the opening of the meeting. If such quorum is not reached, the Executive Board may convene another meeting of the General Assembly with the same agenda within thirty (30) days by written notice to all Members. Such meeting will be validly convened even if no quorum is then reached.
5.4.1. The General Assembly shall make decisions by voting on resolutions put to it at a meeting convened in accordance with Article 5.3. Such decisions shall come into effect immediately, unless the General Assembly specifies another effective date. Resolutions for the suspension of any Members shall be considered before any other resolutions.
5.4.2. Save where these Statutes provide to the contrary, each Member is entitled to one (1) vote on each resolution put to the General Assembly, provided it has a delegation present at the meeting. Voting by proxy or by letter is not permitted.
5.4.3. Voting shall not be secret unless the General Assembly decides otherwise. The Member’s vote on the resolution shall be exercised by the head of that Member’s delegation to the General Assembly, provided that a person may only be head of one Member’s delegation and so may only vote on behalf of one (1) Member.
5.4.4. A resolution shall be considered passed by the General Assembly if it receives the requisite majority of votes in favour, as follows:
18.104.22.168. Alterations to these Statutes require the support of a Special Majority, as does the suspension or expulsion of a Member.
22.214.171.124. Unless otherwise stated in these Statutes, all other resolutions require a Simple Majority (disregarding any abstentions or blanked or spoiled votes).
6.1 Composition and authority
6.1.1 The Executive Board shall consist of:
- The Officers of EHF (as defined below)
- Seven (7) ordinary members elected by the General Assembly in accordance with Articles 5.2 (with at least two (2) of those members male and at least two (2) members female)
- The Director General.
- The officers and ordinary members of the Executive Board shall be elected by the General Assembly in accordance with Article 5.2 and shall hold office for a term set forth in Article 6.2.1..
6.1.3 All members of the Executive Board shall hold such office in their personal capacity and not as representatives of any Member or any other organisation. They shall be required at all times to discharge their responsibilities as Executive Board members not on behalf of any individual Member or Members but rather in the best interests of EHF and its Members as a whole.
6.1.4 Subject to the exclusive powers and the authority of the General Assembly and the FIH (where applicable), the Executive Board shall have full power and authority to manage the affairs of EHF and to exercise all of its powers, including (without limitation) the power to implement the decisions of the General Assembly, to issue, amend and rescind regulations, to fix the strategy and policies of EHF, to supervise the Director General and his staff in the administration of the affairs of EHF and in the implementation of such strategy and policies, to oversee legal compliance and risk management, and to appoint committees and/or working parties to advise the General Assembly, the Executive Board, or the President and/or Director General .
- The Executive Board may create such committees, sub-committees and commissions as it shall deem necessary, and shall appoint members thereof having considered any nominations from Members. Prior to appointment or re-appointment a proposed member shall first be supported by his Member. By supporting the appointment or re-appointment that Member shall thereby be deemed to give EHF an undertaking to financially support such person so that they can attend meetings of that committee, sub-committee or commission. Committee members shall normally hold office until the first meeting of the Executive Board following the next Ordinary General Assembly, when they shall be eligible for re-appointment. The Executive Board may dissolve any committee, sub committee or commission and may remove any member.
- In general, all matters not otherwise reserved to another body by these Statutes or by a mandatory provision of the laws of Belgium shall be decided by the Executive Board.
- The Executive Board is the sole authority for the granting of titles for Continental Events.
6.2 Terms of Office
- The President and Honorary Treasure each hold office for a term of four (4) years expiring at the close of the ordinary meeting of the General Assembly at which the position falls vacant for election. The ordinary members of the Executive Board hold office for a term of four (4) years (one half retiring every two years) expiring at the close of the ordinary meeting of the General Assembly at which their position falls vacant for election.
- The President, Honorary Treasurer and ordinary members of the Executive Board are eligible for re-election at the end of any term of office, save that:
126.96.36.199. they may not hold the same office for more than twelve (12) consecutive years; and
188.8.131.52 they are not eligible for election if they have reached the age of seventy (70) years (or such other age as is adopted and specified by IOC from time to time as the age limit for their members) as at the date of the ordinary meeting of the General Assembly at which they stand for election or if they will reach that age within six (6) months thereafter.
Article 5.2.2. will apply regarding nomination and citizenship.
- The Commissioner of the Appeals Panel, (who is not a member of the Executive Board), shall hold office for a term of four (4) years expiring at the close of the Ordinary General Assembly at which the position falls vacant for election and is eligible for re-election at the end of any term of office.
- If the President dies, resigns or becomes permanently incapacitated during his term of office, the Executive Board shall appoint an acting President to hold office until the General Assembly appoints a person to fill the vacancy.
- Should an ordinary member of the Executive Board die, resign or become permanently incapacitated during his term of office, the Executive Board may appoint to serve on the Executive Board until the next Ordinary Meeting of the General Assembly a replacement of the same gender who shall have been nominated by that member’s National Association.
- The Executive Board has the right to end the mandate of any of its members who has been absent without valid reason for two (2) consecutive meetings. In such event, that member’s seat shall remain vacant until the next ordinary meeting of the General Assembly.
6.4 Meetings of the Executive Board
- The Executive Board shall meet in person at least two (2) times each calendar year on such dates and at such times and places as the President and/or the Director General consider necessary. Notice of such a meeting must be issued at least thirty (30) days before it is held. Where urgent action is required between such meetings, the President may convene an emergency meeting at short notice, to be attended by members in person or by telephone, and/or may ask for votes on urgent business to be cast by electronic communication.
- The quorum at a meeting of the Executive Board (and for any resolution on urgent business that is cast by electronic communication) shall be one half (1/2) of the total membership of the Executive Board. If such quorum is not reached, the President may convene another meeting of the Executive Board with the same agenda within thirty (30) days. Such meeting will be validly convened even if no quorum is then reached.
- The Executive Board shall make decisions by voting on resolutions put to it at a meeting convened (or on an urgent resolution circulated by electronic communication) in accordance with Article 6.4. Such decisions shall come into effect immediately, unless the Executive Board specifies another effective date.
- Each member of the Executive Board present at the meeting shall be entitled to one (1) vote on each resolution. The resolution shall be considered passed by the Executive Board if it receives the requisite majority of votes in favour, as follows:
- Approval of regulations and any amendments, additions or alterations to them requires the support of a Special Majority.
- Suspension of a Member requires the support of a Special Majority.
- Unless otherwise specified in these Statutes or agreed by the Executive Board, other resolutions require a Simple Majority (disregarding any abstentions).
- In the event of a tie in voting, the President shall not have a casting vote.
The Executive Board may nominate “European Members of Honour” and may confer any other awards and distinctions that it shall consider appropriate, to pay tribute to those who have given outstanding service and or have contributed substantially to the game of hockey and its development in Europe.
7.1 The President
7.1.1 The President is the principal elected officer of EHF, and represents it in all official functions, including as a member of the FIH’s Executive Board. He is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the governance processes followed by the General Assembly and the Executive Board. Unless otherwise agreed, he chairs all meetings of the EHF’s General Assembly and of the Executive Board.
7.1.2 The President may take any urgent action or decision within the powers of the Executive Board when circumstances prevent the Executive Board taking such action or decision sufficiently quickly. Such action or decision must be consistent with the agreed policies of the Executive Board and must be submitted promptly for ratification by the Executive Board.
7.1.3 The President may delegate specific duties as he deems appropriate.
7.2 The Director General
7.2.1 The Executive Board may appoint a Director General on such terms and conditions as to remuneration, period of employment (and termination thereof) and duties as the Executive Board deems fit.
7.2.2 The Director General shall be a member of the Executive Board. He shall be responsible for managing the staff and the day-to-day operations of EHF, for administering its affairs (including managing day-to-day relations with the FIH), and for implementing the decisions and policies of the General Assembly and the Executive Board.
7.3 Official statements and acts
7.3.1 All official announcements, statements and correspondence (in all forms) on behalf of EHF may only be made by the President, the Director General or any other person duly authorised by them.
7.3.2 Only the President and/or the Director General (or another person holding a specific written mandate of the President) has authority to enter into contracts, make legally binding commitments on behalf of EHF and/or represent EHF towards third parties and in justice.
Every member of the Executive Board, every member of a committee or working group, the Disciplinary Commissioner and Appeal Commissioner, every person appointed by EHF to perform a special assignment, the Director General and every employee, every official and every officer of EHF shall be indemnified by EHF in respect of any claim (whether civil or criminal) that is made against him and/or any liability that he incurs as a result of his office or the exercise of his powers or the execution of his duties, whether or not judgment is given in his favour or he is acquitted, provided that he/she has acted at all times in good faith.
8.1 The Executive Board shall have the power to decide on any matter not provided for in these Statutes or the regulations, or in cases of force majeure.
8.2 If any provision of these Statutes is determined to be unlawful or unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of these Statutes will remain intact and enforceable.
8.3 Departures from the requirements of these Statutes (including but not limited to departures from procedural requirements) may be cured by the General Assembly at its next meeting by ratifying the act(s) and/or decision(s) in issue.
9.1 EHF may only be dissolved by a resolution supported by a Special Majority at a meeting of the General Assembly convened for the purpose.
9.2 If EHF is dissolved, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf of EHF shall be fully discharged and its remaining assets, if any, shall be paid to FIH with a direction that they should be used for the benefit of hockey in Europe.
10.1 Disciplinary matters
10.1.1 The Executive Board shall appoint from time to time a Disciplinary Commissioner and the General Assembly shall appoint from time to time a Commissioner of the Appeals Panel (hereinafter referred to as the “Appeals Commissioner”), to handle, hear and determine allegations of breach of the regulations.
10.1.2 Each of the Disciplinary Commissioner and the Appeals Commissioner shall be independent of EHF, and shall hold office for four (4) years (one retiring every two years). During that term, the Disciplinary Commissioner and/or Appeal Commissioner may be removed from office only by a resolution of the General Assembly passed by an Absolute Majority.
10.1.3 The Executive Board shall issue regulations setting out the procedures to be followed in matters referred to the Disciplinary Commissioner and Appeals Commissioner, or else the Disciplinary Commissioner or Appeals Commissioner (as applicable) shall determine the procedures to be followed in such matters. In either case, such procedures (i) are subject to any overriding provisions in the regulations at issue; and (ii) must respect the parties’ rights to a fair and impartial process.
10.2 Disputes between EHF and one or more Members
10.2.1 In accordance with Article 11.2(b)(i) of the FIH Statutes, the FIH Judicial Commission shall have exclusive jurisdiction to resolve any dispute between the EHF and any one or more of its Members, subject to the parties’ right to appeal the final decision of the FIH Judicial Commission to the CAS in accordance with Article 11.3(b)(ii) of the FIH Statutes.
10.2.2 Save where expressly provided to the contrary in these Statutes or by applicable law, no complaint, claim or challenge of any kind may be commenced before the FIH Judicial Commission or any other body based on any alleged act or omission of EHF or of any constituent body, official, employee or representative of EHF more than thirty (30) days after the aggrieved party acquires actual or constructive knowledge of such act or omission. Any complaint or challenge brought after this deadline shall be summarily dismissed.
11.1 In these Statutes, the following words and expressions have the meanings set out opposite them:
|Absolute Majority||More than ½ of those present in the room at the time of the vote and entitled to vote.|
|Adherent Member||A body in a European country which has become an adherent member of FIH, or a hockey body which is not eligible to become a Provisional or a Member but who has an interest in hockey in Europe and supports EHF and which has been granted Adherent membership in accordance with Article 4.1.|
|Athlete||A natural person competing in a Hockey event sanctioned in accordance with the FIH regulations on Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Events.|
|CAS||The Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland.|
|Commissioner of the Appeals Panel||The official appointed by EHF pursuant to Article 10.1.1|
|Continental Event||A Hockey tournament, competition or match organised or sanctioned or recognised by EHF that is: (a) open only to teams that are representatives of or affiliated to different Members of EHF; and (b) staged within Europe.|
|Continental Federation||A continental federation established in accordance with Article 5 of the FIH’s Statutes.|
|Country||The whole Country, state, territory or part of a territory under the jurisdiction of a National Association, as recognised by the FIH.|
|Disciplinary Commissioner||The Disciplinary Commissioner appointed in accordance with Article 10.1.1 of these Statutes.|
|EHF||The European Hockey Federation|
|Executive Board||The Executive Board of EHF referred to in Article 6 of these Statutes.|
|FIH||The International Hockey Federation.|
|General Assembly||The General Assembly of EHF referred to in Article 5 of these Statutes.|
|Hockey||The game of Hockey, including both field and indoor Hockey and other derivatives of the game as decided from time to time by the FIH.|
|International Event||A match or event contested by national representative teams and sanctioned by the FIH.|
|Member||A National Association that has been admitted as a full member of EHF.|
|National Associations||A national governing body of Hockey.|
|Officer(s)||President, Vice-Presidents or Honorary Treasurer.|
|Provisional Member||A National Association that has provisionally been admitted by the Executive Board of the FIH pending the meeting of the Congress of the FIH where it appears from the application that the National Association meets all of the relevant requirements for membership of FIH|
|Simple Majority||More than ½ of the votes validly cast.|
|Special Majority||More than ¾ of those present in the room at the time of the vote and entitled to vote.|
|Statutes||These Statutes of EHF.|
11.2 These Statutes shall be interpreted and applied in the manner most consistent with the commitment and purpose of the EHF set out at Article 2 of these Statutes.
11.3.1 In the case of conflict between (1) these Statutes and any regulations or any document issued by EHF and (2) the FIH Statutes or any regulations or documents issued by the FIH, the FIH Statutes, regulations or document shall prevail.
11.3.2 In the case of conflict between (1) these Statutes and any regulations or any document issued by EHF, and (2) the statutes, regulations or documents issued by a Member, these Statutes and any regulations or other document issued by the EHF shall prevail.
11.4 For convenience and clarity in these Statutes, the masculine gender is used and shall be interpreted to include the feminine gender as appropriate. Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.
Members of EHF
- ARM Armenia
- AUT Austria
- AZE Azerbaijan
- BLR Belarus
- BEL Belgium
- BUL Bulgaria
- CRO Croatia
- CYP Cyprus
- CZE Czech Republic
- DEN Denmark
- ENG England
- EST Estonia
- FIN Finland
- FYROM Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- FRA France
- GEO Georgia
- GER Germany
- GIB Gibraltar
- GRE Greece
- HUN Hungary
- IRL Ireland
- ISL Israel
- ITA Italy
- LTU Lithuania
- LUX Luxembourg
- MLT Malta
- MDA Moldova
- NED Netherlands
- NOR Norway
- POL Poland
- POR Portugal
- ROU Romania
- RUS Russia
- SRB Serbia
- SCO Scotland
- SVK Slovakia
- SLO Slovenia
- ESP Spain
- SUI Switzerland
- SWE Sweden
- TUR Turkey
- UKR Ukraine
- WAL Wales
GB Great Britain