Statutes of the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics

Also available on-line: the by-laws.

Name and registered office

Article 1

1.1 The name of the society is:

European Network for Business and Industry Statistics (ENBIS)

1.2 The seat of the society is Amsterdam.

1.3 In these statutes the society is called: ENBIS.


Article 2

2.1 ENBIS is an autonome Society having as its objective the development and improvements of statistical methods, and their application throughout Europe, all this in the widest sense of the words.

ENBIS shall try to accomplish this objective in particular by

a. fostering and facilitating the application and understanding of statistical to the benefit of European business and industry,

b. providing a forum for the dynamic exchange of ideas and facilitate networking among statistical practitioners (a statistical practitioner is any person using statistical methods whether formally trained or not),

c. as well as by all other legal means, which may further the objective of ENBIS.


ENBIS has adopted the subsequent points as its vision.

a. to promote the widespread use of sound science driven, applied statistical methods in European business and industry,

b. that membership consists promarily of statistical practitioners from business and industry,

c. to emphasize multidisciplinary problem solving involving statistics,

d. to facilitate the rapid transfer of statistical methods and related technologies to and from business and industry,

e. to link academic teaching and research in statistics with industrial and business practice,

f. to facilitate and sponsor continuing professional development,

g. to keep its membership up to date in the field of statistics and related technologies,

h. to seek collaborative agreements with related organizations.

Web based society

ENBIS is a web based society,

a. Membership interactions and administration via the internet.

b. Services, news and newsletter will be available on the web.


Article 3

3.a. ENBIS shall have two classes of members, to be known as ordinary and honorary members, respectively. There shall also be a class of corporate members. Only individual members are members within the meaning of the law.

3.b. The admission of members is in the competence of the Executive Committee which will decide on the admission in accordance with the provisions laid down in the By-laws.


Article 4

4. The By-laws of ENBIS shall be established by the General Assembly. The By-laws shall not contain any regulation which may be in contravention with the statutes.


Article 5

5.1 The organizational structure of ENBIS includes:
a. The General Assembly;
b. The Council;
c. The Executive Committee;
d. The Permanent Office.

Composition and function of the general assembly


5.2aa. The General Assembly shall be composed of the individual members of ENBIS.
5.2ab. The General Assembly is the highest authority within ENBIS and may convene in ordinary and special sessions.
ENBIS's ordinary sessions shall be held every year.
5.2ac. The Executive Committee shall inform the members by written convocation or by e-mail of the dates and places of the sessions.
5.2ad. Each individaul member has one vote. Voting by e-mail is allowed. Voting by proxy is allowed.
5.2ae. Except as otherwise provided by law or by these Statutes (1) decisions shall be taken by a simple majority of the votes cast (those by e-mail included): abstentions and spoiled votes shall be deemed not to be cast; and (2) in the event of a tie, the presiding officer shall have a casting vote, in addition to his ordinary vote.

Composition and function of the council

5.3ba. The Council shall be composed of
(i) the Officers of ENBIS,
(ii) six individual members of ENBIS,
(iii) the Presidents of the Sections,
(iv) the Treasurer and
(v) the webmaster(s)
5.3bb. The Council shall formulate the policies and programmes of ENBIS in accordance with the decisions of the General Assembly.

Composition and function of the executive committee

5.4ca. The Executive Committee shall be composed of ENBIS's Officers. The Officers shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Past-President, and three Vice-Presidents. One of the Vice-Presidents will be appointed as the secretary of ENBIS.
5.4cb. The Executive Committee directs ENBIS in conformity with the Statutes adn By-Laws and decisions of the General Assembly and the Council.

Composition and functions of the permanent office


5.5da. The Permanent Office shall have a Director and such subordinates as the Executive Committee shall authorize him to employ.
5.5db. The Director shall be appointed by and report to the Executive Committee.
5.5dc. The Director shall administer ENBIS's financials and be in charge of the legal issues of ENBIS. No person shall simultaneously be Director of the Permanent Office and a member of the Executive Committee.

Composition and function of the nominations committee


5.6 The Nominations committee shall be composed of at least five persons: four members nominated by the council and chaired by the Past President.

Composition and function of the awards committees


5.7ea. The Box Award committee shall be composed of at least five persons: four members nominated by the council and chaired by the President-Elect.
5.7eb. The Young Statistician and Best Manager Award committees shall be composed of at least four persons: the three one year members of the council and chaired by the President-Elect.

Composition and function of the treasurer

5.8. The treasurer shall be appointed by and report to the executive committee. The treasurer will be in charge of the financials of ENBIS.

Appointment of officers and council members

Article 6

6.a. At each ordinary session the General Assembly shall appoint a President-Elect and three Vice-Presidents, one for interest and national groups, one for publications, communications and promotion and one for financial and administrative management (Secretary), as well as one-half of the individual members of the Council. The President-Elect shall automatically become President; in the event that the President-Elect is vacant, a President shall also be appointed. The appointments shall be made from a binding nomination to be submitted in accordance with the By-laws.
If, however, at least two-thirds of the individual members are present the General Assembly may rescind the binding character of the nomination by a vote in favour of at least two-thirds of the votes cast.
6.b. Officers and members of the Council may at any tim be dismissed or suspended by the General Assembly.


Article 7

7.a. ENBIS shall be represented in law or otherwise by the Executive Committee or by the Director of the Permanent Office.
7.b. The conclusion of agreements to acquire, alienate or mortgage real property is in the competence of the Executive Committee.

Sections, committees and affiliations

article 8

8.a. To promote the objective of ENBIS in particular geographical regions and in particular fields of statistical specialization, the General Assembly may establish associations or special interest groups which shall be known as sections of ENBIS, whose membership need not be limited to members of ENBIS.

8.c. A scientific organization which consists chiefly of individual members and does not exist for profit may become affiliated to ENBIS upon approval by the Council if it substantially furthers the objective of ENBIS and is either a national organisation or a regional or similar international organisation (i.e. an international organization having members in a group of countries) which has a comprehensive interest in statistics, or an international organization concerned with a field of statistical specialization.

Obligations of members

Article 9

9.1 Ordinary members and corporate members are required to pay an annual contribution to be determined by the General Assembly for ordinary members and by the Council for corporate members.
9.2 The By-laws shall include additional provisions concerning the annual contributions.

Termination of membership or affiliation

Article 10

10.a. By written communication or by e-mail (internet) sent not later than four weeks before the end of the fiscal year to the Secretary, a member may resign, or an affiliated organization may withdraw from affiliation.

10.b. The Executive Committee may terminate a membership or affiliation in case of failure by said member or affiliated organization to pay the required annual dues for three years.

10.c. If the Council after thorough investigation and after giving the member an adequate opportunity to answer charges, shall be of the opinion that any ordinary or honary member not thus in arrears acts in contravention of the Statutes and By-laws of ENBIS, or behaves in an unreasonable way which is detrimental to ENBIS, it shall so report to the General Assembly with a full statement of the grounds for its opinion; and the General Assembly shall thereupon vote upon such member's expulsion at its next meeting. Until the General Assembly has acted, the Council may suspend the member from the exercise of his rights and privileges, including the function of his office if he be an Officer or a member of the Council. Any member who is thus suspended or is expelled shall be promptly notified by the Secretary of such action.

10.d. No organization shall continue to be affiliated if the Council shall decide that such organization has ceased to further adequately the objective of ENBIS.


Article 11

11. The fiscal year of ENBIS begins on January first. The sources of ENBIS's financial support shall be:

11.a. The dues of the ordinary and corporate members, and of the affiliated national organizations, payable annually at the beginning of the fiscal year;

11.b. The proceeds of subscriptions to and sales of publications of ENBIS;

11.c. Grants from governments and other bodies. If any grantor so desires, the funds graned shall be expended solely in the operation of the Permanent Office or any other activity specified by the grantor;

11.d. Endorsements, gifts, and bequests, which may be earmarked for any particular purpose;

11.e. Income from a reserve fund which shall be established if possible, or from any other available sources.

Amending process

Article 12

12. A decision to amend the Statutes shall be made at a meeting of the General Assembly. Proposals for amending the Statutes shall be submitted to the General Assembly in accordance with the By-laws.


Article 13

13. ENBIS can be dissolved only by adoption of an amendment to the Statutes, accomplished in accordance with Article 12 and providing specifically for such dissolution, for the appointment of one or more liquidators, and for the disposal of the balance after liquidation.