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The regulations of Association ” The Association of Regional Development Centres”.

  1. General matters

1.1 The Association of Regional Development Centres (hereinafter – the Association), in accordance with the paragraphs 1.5, 11.1 and 11.24 of Statutes of the Latvian Association of Local Authorities (hereinafter – LPS), consists of municipalities, associated on a voluntary basis, that are the members of LPS.

1.2. The Association operates in accordance with the Statute and the Regulations of LPS.

  1. The aims of the Association

2.1. 1. The association aims to associate the municipalities of Latvian Regional Development Centres in order to support and protect the interests of the cities and rural municipalities of Latvian Regional Development Centres at the level of LPS, at national and EU level.

2.1.2. support the cooperation and development of regional development centres municipalities.

2.2. The objectives of Association

2.2.1. to represent and protect the interests and rights of the municipalities of Association;

2.2.2. to organize the preparation of the unified point of view of the municipalities of Association on issues related to their common interests;

2.2.3. to make proposals on the development or amendment of laws, regulations and law projects that are connected with the interests of municipalities of the Association;

2.2.4. to arrange appointments, meetings, seminars, training and other events connected with views and experience exchange of the municipalities of Association;

2.2.5. to perform other tasks in order to achieve the objectives of the Association.

  1. Convening of meetings of the Association and decision making.

3.1. The Association meeting is the highest decision-making body. The meeting of Association is convened by the President of the Association, at least once a year.

3.2. The Board of the Association shall send the information to the Association members about the time when the annual meeting is to be held, at least one month before convening of the meeting of the Association.

3.3. The Board shall make a proposal list for the agenda at least two weeks before the meeting of the Association.

3.4. The Board sends out the agenda and the agenda materials for the meeting of the Association not later than one week before the meeting of the Association.

3.5. All representatives of the municipalities of the Association have the right to participate in a meeting of the Association. At a meeting of the Association the municipality is represented by its Chairman or an authorized deputy of the council of municipality.

3.6. Each municipality has the right to one vote at a meeting of the Association.

3.7. The Association meeting shall have the right to make a decision if at least half of representatives of the Association are present at the meeting of the Association.

3.8. Association meeting shall make a decision after an agreement (if no one has objections) or voting. The decision is considered to be made if the majority of the members present has voted for. If the votes are divided equally, the casting voice belongs to the Chairman of the Association meeting.

3.9. Association meetings are open to the public.

3.10. The meeting of the Association:

3.10.1. elects the Board of the Association;

3.10.2. dismisses or withdraws from the position the members of the Board of the Association;

3.10.3. organizes the fulfilment of the decisions of meeting of the Association;

  1. Convening of the extraordinary meeting of the Association.

4.1. An extraordinary meeting shall be convened by the Chairman of the Association or after the decision of the Board of the Association. The Board of the Association is obliged to convene a meeting, even if it is required with a written request by at least one third of the municipalities that are members of the Association.

4.2. The Board sends out information about the extraordinary meeting of the Association, and shall announce the date of the meeting at least two weeks before the meeting. If the meeting is convened at the request of municipalities, it must be done no later than one month after the board approved the request.

  1. The Board of the Association

5.1. During the intervals between meetings of the Association its activity is run by the Board of the Association.

5.2. The Board consists of six representatives of municipalities.

5.5. The Board of the Association:

5.5.1. represents the interests of the Association and defends its rights in the Board of LPS, as well as in public authorities institutions, the European Committee of the Regions and the European Congress of Local and Regional Authorities;

5.5.2. promotes cooperation among the municipalities of the Association;

5.5.3. ensures the circulation of information on the issues that are being resolved by the board of the Association, in each planning region and informs the Board of the Region Association about current events in the regions;

5.5.4. prepares a point of view of the municipalities of the Association and submits proposals to the council, board of directors or the chairman of LPS.

5.6. Meetings of the Board of the Association are held once a month.

5.7. In order to resolve urgent issues the chairman of the Association shall convene an Extraordinary Board Meeting.

5.8. The Association board meeting is headed by the Chairman or one of his deputies on behalf of the Chairman.

5.9. The Board of the Association makes decisions after agreement or open voting. The decision is considered to be made if the majority of the present board members voted for.

5.10. Members of the Association can create interest groups.

5.11. The material and technical support of the Association is provided by LPS.

  1. The Chairman of the Association.

6.1. is elected by the meeting of the Association for a period of 6 months;

6.2. The Chairman of the Association runs the work of the Association, meetings of the Association and meetings of the Board of the Association.

6.3. The Chairman of the Association represents the Association in other institutions.

6.4. The Chairman of the Association has two Vice-Chairmen, elected by the Board of the Association.

  1. Final matters.

7.1. This Regulation shall enter into force after being approved by the LAS Council.