Statutes of Association

LITHUANIAN NATIONAL FREIGHT FORWARDERS AND LOGISTICS
ASSOCIATION "LINEKA"

 STATUTES

1.    GENERAL PART
1.1 The legal form of the Lithuanian National Freight Forwarders and Logistics Association "LINEKA" shall be association.
1.2 The Lithuanian National Freight Forwarders and Logistics Association "LINEKA" (hereinafter referred to as the "Association") is a public legal person with limited civil liability, the purpose of which is to coordinate the activities of its members, to represent and protect their interests and to satisfy other public interests. The Association shall act in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania, the Law on Associations of the Republic of Lithuania and other applicable legal acts, the Articles of Association of the Association and the decisions of the bodies of the Association.
1.3 The Association shall be a voluntary association of legal and natural persons providing freight forwarding and logistics services and services related to this business, carrying out the economic, economic, social, scientific research tasks and functions defined by the members of the Association, representing the members of the Association in the state government and management bodies, promoting advanced working practices, encouraging the development of business in all modes of transport and services related to it.
1.4 The Association shall be a legal person, which shall be deemed to be established from the date of its registration in the Register of Legal Entities. The Association shall have economic, financial, organisational and legal autonomy. The Association shall have bank accounts and an independent balance sheet.
1.5 The Association shall be liable for its obligations in respect of all its assets and shall not be liable for the obligations incurred by its members.
1.6 The Association shall have its own seal, which reads: "Lithuanian National Freight Forwarders and Logistics Association "LINEKA".
1.7 The period of activity of the Association shall be unlimited.
1.8. The financial year of the Association shall coincide with the calendar year.

2. AIMS, OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION

2.1 The main objectives of the Association are:
2.1.1. to create a favorable environment for the freight forwarding and logistics business;
2.1.2. to promote the development of a market economy system based on the principle of free and fair competition and cooperation between business partners;
2.1.3. to create the most favorable conditions for the members of the Association to independently develop and expand all types of logistics and freight forwarding services;
2.1.4. to represent the members of the Association in relations with state and municipal authorities, non-governmental, international and other organisations and individuals in all matters related to the logistics chain;
2.1.5. to promote the development of logistics, freight forwarding and other related services;
2.1.6. develop an active, civil society in the logistics and freight forwarding business.

2.2 The Association shall, in pursuit of its objectives:
2.2.1.coordinate the activities of the members of the Association, forming a common strategy for their development and international economic cooperation, represent them in the Republic of Lithuania, foreign countries and international institutions whose activities are related to freight forwarding and logistics business;
2.2.2.2. make recommendations to state and local government institutions, non-governmental and international organisations on the development of freight forwarding and logistics business;
2.2.3.provide consultancy services on all aspects of logistics chain processes;
2.2.4.represent the members of the Association at exhibitions, conferences and other events related to the activities of the Association;
2.2.5.organise seminars, trainings, consultations;
2.2.6.prepare methodological instructions, newsletters, brochures and other publications on the activities of the Association and its members;
2.2.7.search for information related to the freight forwarding and logistics business and provide it to the members of the Association;
2.2.8. form a favourable public opinion of the Association and its members, and maintain contacts with the media;
2.2.9.provide freight forwarders and logistics operators with the necessary documentation in accordance with the established procedures;
2.2.10. perform other functions that do not contradict the objectives of the Association's activity, the Association's Statutes, and the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania.

2.3 The Association shall carry out the following activities:
2.3.1.mokymų organizavimas;2.3.1.organisation of training;
2.3.2.improvement of qualifications;
2.3.3.business and management consultancy activities;
2.3.4.certification;
2.3.5. research;
2.3.6. organisation of seminars and exhibitions;
2.3.7. preparation of transport, transport organisation, transport infrastructure development and other projects;
2.3.8. carrying out expert studies on the economic and business activities of undertakings;
2.3.9. preparation and implementation of projects for the development and improvement of corporate management systems;
2.3.10. publishing activities;
2.3.11. retail and wholesale trade;
2.3.12. Information services activities;
2.3.13. activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance;
2.3.14. legal and accounting activities;
2.3.15. advertising and market research;
2.3.16. administrative, office and other business support activities.

2.4 The Association shall keep accounting records, provide financial and accounting information to state authorities and pay taxes in accordance with the procedure provided for by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania. The Association shall comply with the requirements laid down in the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania regulating accounting and financial reporting.

3. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION

3.1 The Association shall have the following rights in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association of the Association:
3.1.1. have current and currency accounts in banks;
3.1.2. to manage, use and dispose of its property and funds;
3.1.3. to enter into contracts and assume obligations;
3.1.4. to establish other legal persons, subject to the restrictions provided for by the legislation, and to be a member of other legal persons;
3.1.5. to establish mass media;
3.1.6. join and leave non-profit organisations;
3.1.7. to join international organisations; the objectives and activities of which are not contrary to the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania and the Statutes of the Association;
3.1.8. to establish branches and/or representative offices;
3.1.9. establish foundations;
3.1.10. to disseminate information about its activities, to promote the aims and objectives of the Association in writing, orally or in any other way;
3.1.11. to establish prices, fees and tariffs for the services provided, except for the cases stipulated by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania;
3.1.12. to receive and provide support and charity;
3.1.13. to carry out the activities provided for in the Articles of Association;
3.1.14. to perform other actions and have other rights and obligations not contradicting the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association of the Association.

4. MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION, THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

4.1 Members of the Association may be natural and legal persons providing freight forwarding and logistics services and related services (including, but not limited to, scientific and educational institutions). Other legal and natural persons may also be members of the Association, subject to the requirements laid down in the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania for members of associations.

4.2 Members of the Association shall be obliged to comply with the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association of the Association.

4.3 A list of all members of the Association shall be kept at the registered office of the Association, as well as at the registered offices of its branches and representative offices. Every member of the Association shall have the right to have access to these lists.

4.4 A member of the Association shall have the right to:
4.4.1. to use the services provided by the Association;
4.4.2. to have access to the documents of the Association and to receive all information available to the Association concerning the activities of the Association;
4.4.3. have access to the information held by the Association;
4.4.4. to attend and vote at the Congress of the Association, to nominate candidates and to be elected to the governing bodies of the Association;
4.4.5. to challenge in court the decisions of the Congress of the Association and the governing bodies of the Association;
4.4.6.to withdraw from the Association at any time;
4.4.7.other rights provided for in the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association.

4.5.If the rights or legitimate interests of a member of the Association are violated, the member shall have the right to defend them in court.

4.6 A member of the Association shall:
4.6.1. pay the joining and membership fees on time;
4.6.2. comply with the obligations assumed towards the Association;
4.6.3. abide by the Statutes of the Association, decisions and resolutions adopted by the Congress and the governing bodies of the Association;
4.6.4. to fulfil other duties stipulated by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association.

5. PROCEDURE AND CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION, WITHDRAWAL AND EXPULSION OF MEMBERS

5.1. Natural or legal persons wishing to become members of the Association shall submit the following documents to the Secretariat of the Association:
5.1.1. a free-form application in which a brief description of the person's activities is given;
5.1.2. a questionnaire and a declaration of membership in the prescribed form;
5.1.3. a copy of the registration certificate of a legal entity, and of a natural person - a copy of a personal identity document;
5.1.4. if the professional liability of the legal person (forwarding, transport, warehousing, etc.) is insured, a copy of the insurance policy;
5.1.5. any other documents requested by the Secretariat.

5.2 Applications for admission to membership shall be considered at a regular meeting of the Bureau and decisions on the admission of new members shall be taken by a majority vote of the Bureau members present at the meeting.

5.3 Members shall be admitted to the Association by decision of the Presidium. The Bureau shall decide on the admission of a new member, taking into account the content of the documents submitted and the applicant's financial credibility and reputation. The applicant shall be informed of the decision taken no later than 10 (ten) days from the date of the decision.

5.4. The new member shall become a member after the adoption of the relevant decision of the Presidium, not later than within 3 (three) months from the date of sending of the decision of the Presidium on the admission, after the new member has paid the joining and membership fee. The admission shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Presidium.

5.5.If a legal entity, which is a member of the Association, changes its name, is reorganized, restructured, etc., the successor of the rights and obligations of the legal entity, which was previously a member of the Association, may remain a member by the decision of the Presidium.

5.6 Members shall have the right to withdraw from the Association at any time and the Association shall have the right to expel members. Upon withdrawal and/or expulsion from the Association, the amounts paid and the share of the assets of the Association shall be forfeited. The decision on the withdrawal of a member of the Association from the Association or the expulsion of a member of the Association shall be taken by the Presidium of the Association by a majority of the votes of the members of the Presidium present at the meeting. The decision shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Presidium.

5.7 Any member of the Association may resign from the Association by submitting a written statement to the Secretariat of the Association. From the moment of delivery of the statement, the applicant or his representatives (if the member of the Association was a legal entity) shall cease to exercise his functions in the Association.

5.8 A member of the Association may be expelled from the Association by decision of the Presidium if:
5.8.1. the member's activities and aims are contrary to the aims and objectives of the Association;
5.8.2. the member does not fulfil the financial obligations assumed to the Association and/or does not pay the membership fee;
5.8.4. the member does not comply with the resolutions adopted by the Congress and/or the decisions of the governing bodies of the Association;
5.8.5. if the member violates the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania or the Statutes of the Association.

5.9. a member shall be expelled from the Association by a decision of the Presidium, after giving at least 1 (one) month's notice of the consideration of the expulsion issue at the meeting of the Presidium and the reasons for the expulsion to the member whose expulsion is being considered. From the date of the notification, the persons to be expelled shall be suspended from membership, from the provision of services and from the application of benefits.

6. AMOUNT AND PAYMENT OF JOINING AND MEMBERSHIP FEES

6.1 The amount of and the procedure for payment of subscriptions and membership fees shall be determined by the Congress and approved by resolution.

7. GOVERNANCE OF THE ASSOCIATION

7.1 The Congress shall have the rights of the general meeting of members of the Association.
7.2 The governing bodies of the Association shall be: The Secretary of the Association, the Presidium, the President and the Vice-Presidents.

8. CONGRESS

8.1 The Congress shall have all the rights of a general meeting of the Association.

8.2 The competence of the Congress shall be:
8.2.1. to adopt and amend the Statutes of the Association;
8.2.2. to determine the objectives and main tasks of the Association;
8.2.3. to elect and dismiss the President of the Association;
8.2.4. elect and dismiss the members of the Presidium;
8.2.5. to determine the amount of entrance fees and the amount of the membership fee of the members of the Association and the procedure for their payment;
8.2.6. to decide on the establishment of other legal entities or on becoming a member of other legal entities;
8.2.7. to determine the remuneration of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the members of the Presidium;
8.2.8. to decide on the restructuring or termination of the Association (reorganisation or liquidation);
8.2.9. approve the annual financial statements of the Association;
8.2.10. to approve the report on the Association's activities for the previous financial year prepared by the Presidium;
8.2.11. to decide on other matters within the competence of the General Meeting of Members (Congress) as provided for in the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Statutes of the Association, provided that they are not within the competence of other bodies and that they are not essentially the functions of the governing bodies.

8.3 The Congress shall be convened at least 1 (one) time a year. An ordinary Congress shall be convened by a decision of the Presidium no later than 6 (six) months after the end of the financial year. An Extraordinary Congress shall also be convened if requested by at least 1/5 (one fifth) of the members of the Association (except for the case provided for in Article 10.4, where the right of initiative belongs to 1/3 (one third) of the members), or on the initiative of the Presidium.

8.4 The initiators of an Extraordinary Congress shall submit an application to the Presidium, stating the reasons and objectives for convening the Congress, the draft agenda, and proposals for the date and place of the Congress. If the convocation of an Extraordinary Congress is initiated by at least 1/5 (one fifth) (1/3 (one third) in the case provided for in Article 10.4) of the Association and the Bureau does not agree with the initiators of the Extraordinary Congress on other ways of resolving the issues raised, the announcement of the convocation of the Congress shall be obligatory within ten (10) days from the date of the submission of the request.

8.5. 8.5 The Presidium shall inform all members of the Association by registered letter or e-mail at least 30 (thirty) days before the Congress. The members of the Association shall be informed of the extraordinary Congress at least 10 (ten) days before the date of the Congress.

8.6 The notice convening the Congress shall state:
8.6.1. the name and address of the Association;
8.6.2. the date and place of the Congress;
8.6.3. the draft agenda of the Congress.

8.7 At least 7 (seven) days before the beginning of the Congress, the participants of the Congress shall be given an opportunity to get acquainted with the documents related to the agenda of the Congress.

8.8 The draft agenda of the Congress may be revised. If the agenda of the Congress, as set out in the notice convening the Congress, has been revised, the changes to the agenda shall be notified in the same manner as for the convening of the Congress and at least ten (10) days before the Congress. The Congress shall not be entitled to adopt resolutions on items not on the agenda if not all Members are present. Only the agenda of the Congress that did not take place shall be valid for the resumed Congress.

8.9. Members attending the Congress shall be registered by signing the registration list. This list shall be signed by the President of the Congress and the Head of the Congress Secretariat.

8.10. At the Congress, a member of the Association - a legal entity - may be represented by the head of that legal entity or by his/her authorised person, in accordance with the limitations set out in the Law on Associations or other legal acts.

8.11. The minutes of the Congress shall be signed by the President of the Congress, the Head of the Congress Secretariat and at least one member of the Association or representative of a member of the Association authorised by the Congress.

8.12. The work of the Congress shall be opened by the President of the Association or, on his/her behalf, by the Vice-President, who shall propose the election of the President of the Congress, who shall continue to preside over the work of the Congress.

8.13. The Congress shall be lawful if at least 1/2 (half) of the members of the Association are present. Decisions shall be taken by a simple majority of votes. Resolutions on the matters provided for in clauses 8.2.1. and 8.2.8. of these Statutes shall require the votes of at least 2/3 (two thirds) of the members of the Association present at the Congress. 1 (one) member of the Association shall have 1 (one) vote at the Congress. Members of the Association's governing bodies and other bodies, if they are not members of the Association, may participate in the Congress without voting rights.

8.14. If the quorum of the Congress is not present, a repeated Congress shall be convened within 1 (one) month in accordance with the procedure established by the Articles of Association of the Association, which shall have the right to adopt resolutions on the agenda items of the Congress that did not take place, irrespective of the number of the members of the Association present.

8.15. A voting member of the Association who has the right to vote and who has familiarised himself with the agenda of the Congress and the draft resolution may declare in writing his will "for" and "against" separately for each resolution. These communications shall be counted towards the quorum of the Congress and the results of the vote only on the question voted on in writing.

8.16. Resolutions of the Congress may be declared invalid in a court of law by the members of the Association, the members of the Presidium, the Head of the Secretariat or other persons if:
8.16.1. the issue on which the resolution was adopted was not included in the agenda of the Congress in accordance with the procedure established by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania;
8.16.2. the procedure for convening the Congress or for drawing up the agenda has been violated;

8.16.3. the resolution contradicts the Articles of Association of the Association, the Law on Associations of the Republic of Lithuania or other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

9.   PRESIDIUM OF THE ASSOCIATION

9.1. The activities of the Association shall be managed by a Presidium elected for a period of 3 (three) years between Congresses.

9.2 The Bureau shall consist of the President of the Association and 8 (eight) members.

9.3 The members of the Presidium shall be elected by the Congress. Members of the Presidium may be natural persons who are members of the Association or representatives of legal persons who are members of the Association (heads of those legal persons or their authorised persons who are employees or participants (shareholders, etc.) of those legal persons at the time of the election). The person who obtains the highest number of votes of the members of the Association present at the Congress from among the proposed candidates, within the quota provided for, shall be elected as a member of the Presidium. If, in the first ballot, the candidates for members of the Presidium have received an equal number of votes from the members present at the Congress and the quota of 8 members of the Presidium is thus exceeded, a second ballot shall be held and the candidate who has received the highest number of votes shall be elected as a member of the Presidium.9.4. A member of the Presidium shall not be a member of the Secretariat of the Association.

9.5. A member of the Presidium may resign before the end of his/her term of office by notifying the Presidium of the Association in writing. In such a case, the term of office of the member of the Presidium shall expire upon the adoption by the Presidium of a resolution accepting the resignation.

9.6 A member of the Presidium may be removed from office on the proposal of the Presidium of the Association or of the President of the Association by the Congress electing a new member of the Presidium at the same Congress.

9.7 A member of the Presidium shall forfeit his/her mandate if he/she terminates his/her employment relationship with a legal entity which is a member of the Association, ceases to be a participant (shareholder, etc.) of a member of the Association, or loses his/her membership of the Association.

9.8. If a member of the Presidium ceases to be a member of the Presidium in the cases provided for in Article 9.5, Article 9.7 of the Statutes, as well as in any other case when a person is no longer able to perform the duties of a member of the Presidium for other reasons (death, etc.), the person who, according to the results of the voting at the Electoral Congress, has obtained the highest number of votes among the candidates who have not been elected to the Presidium, shall become a member of the Presidium. In this case, the status of the new member of the Presidium shall be confirmed by a resolution of the Presidium. The new member of the Presidium shall hold office for the remainder of the term of office of the Presidium.

9.9. A meeting of the Presidium shall be valid if at least 1/2 (half) of the members of the Presidium are present and the decisions taken shall be valid if at least 1/2 (half) of the members of the Presidium present at the meeting vote in favour of the decisions. Decisions on the removal of Vice-Presidents, on the conclusion or termination of employment contracts with the Secretariat management, on the expulsion of members of the Association from the Association shall be adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than 2/3 (two thirds) of the members of the Presidium present at a meeting of the Presidium. All members of the Presidium shall have equal voting rights. In the event of a tie, the vote of the President of the Association (or, in the absence of the President, of the Chairperson of the meeting) shall prevail.

9.10.The competence of the Presidium shall be:
9.10.1. on the nomination of the President, elect and remove Vice-Presidents from amongst the members of the Presidium;
9.10.2. approve the specialised sections, committees, bureaux, or other forms of activity of the Association and their members;
9. 10.3. approve the structure of the Secretariat, the Secretary of the Association, the Chief Financial Officer, enter into and terminate their employment contracts;
9.10.4. approve the estimates of the income and expenditure of the Association;
9.10.5. approve the Rules of Procedure of the Secretariat;
9.10.6. determines the remuneration of the Secretary of the Association;
9.10.7. admits and removes members of the Association, settles disputable issues concerning the membership of the Association;
9.10.8. decides on the establishment of the branches and/or representative offices of the Association;
9.10.9. determines the fees and tariffs for the services provided by the Association, except for the cases provided for by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania;
9.10.10. discusses the issues raised by the members of the Presidium and by the Secretariat on their own initiative;
9.10.11. appoints an auditor, if the need arises;
9.10. 12. determine the procedure for the submission of documents and other information on the Association's activities to the members of the Association;
9.10.13. decide on the conclusion of cooperation agreements with other related national and foreign associations, institutions, organisations, other natural and legal persons and authorise the President, or in his absence the Secretary of the Association, to sign such agreements on behalf of the Association;
9.10.14. after the end of the financial year, prepare and submit to the Congress, before the date of convening of the ordinary Congress, a report on the Association's activities for the previous financial year and a report on the use of the Association's funds and income;
9.10.15. approve the list of posts of the Association's employees and the salaries of the employees;
9.10. 16. approve the nomination of the Chief Financial Officer of the Association and authorise the Secretary of the Association to sign the employment contract with the Chief Financial Officer;
9.10.17. take a decision to change the registered office of the Association;
9.10.18. carry out any other functions provided for by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association of the Association.

10.   PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION

10.1 The President shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the Association present at the Congress from among the representatives of natural persons who are members of the Association or of legal persons who are members of the Association (the heads of those legal persons or their authorised persons who, at the time of the election, are employees or participants (shareholders, etc.) of those legal persons). If there are more than two (2) candidates and in the first round of voting none of them obtains more than 1/2 (half) of the votes of the members present at the Congress, then a second round of voting shall be announced, in which the President shall be elected from among the two (2) candidates who obtained the highest number of votes in the first round of voting.10.2 The President shall be elected for a term of 3 (three) years. The same person may not hold the office of President for more than 2 consecutive terms.

10.3. The President may resign by notifying the Presidium of his/her resignation. In such a case, the election of the President shall be placed on the agenda of the next ordinary Congress and the Presidium shall, by decision of the Presidium, appoint a member of the Presidium to act as President pro tempore until the election of a new President by the next ordinary Congress. The term of office of the resigning President shall expire upon the adoption by the Presidium of a resolution accepting the resignation.

10.4 Only the Congress shall have the power to remove the President from office. The right of initiative for the consideration of this matter shall be vested in 2/3 (two-thirds) of the members of the Presidium or 1/3 (one-third) of the members of the Association, who shall be obliged to apply in writing to the Secretary of the Association with a request for the convening of an Extraordinary Congress to consider the issue of the removal of the President from office or to include the consideration of the relevant issue on the agenda of the Ordinary Congress.

10.5. A decision on the removal of the President shall be taken by the Congress and a new President of the Association shall be elected by the same Congress for a new term of office. If such a decision is taken at an Extraordinary Congress, the 3-year term of office shall begin at the next ordinary Congress.

10.6 The President shall cease to hold office if he/she terminates his/her employment relationship with a legal entity which is a member of the Association, ceases to be a participant (shareholder, etc.) in the Association, or ceases to be a member of the Association.

10.7. In the event of the resignation or removal of the President, as well as in the event of his/her ceasing to hold office for any other reason (death, the reasons provided for in Article 10.6, etc.) before the expiry of his/her term of office, a new President shall be elected by the Congress, and a new Bureau of the Association shall be elected. The powers of the previous Presidium shall cease in such a case upon the election of the new Presidium. If a new Presidium is elected at an Extraordinary Congress, the 3-year term of office shall begin at the next ordinary Congress.

10.8 The President shall:
10.8.1. organise and direct the work of the Presidium;
10.8.2. propose to the Presidium the approval of the specialised sections and the Vice-Presidents in charge of them;
10.8.3. proposes to the Presidium the approval of the Secretary of the Association;
10.8.4. proposes to the Presidium the establishment of specialized commissions and the appointment of their chairpersons from among the members of the Presidium;
10.8.5. signs employment contracts with the members of the Presidium and the Secretary of the Association;
10.8.6. within the limits of its competence, represent the Association in public and private companies, institutions and organisations, in relations with state and municipal institutions, other natural and legal persons;
10.8.7. perform other functions established by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association of the Association.

10.9. The Vice-Presidents shall:
10.9.1. head the specialized sections;
10.9.2. propose to the Presidium for approval the offices of the specialized sections, the various committees, other forms of activities and their members;
10.9.3. perform other functions as provided for in the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Statutes of the Association.

11. SECRETARY OF THE ASSOCIATION

11.1. The President shall sign the contract of employment with the Secretary of the Association after the Presidium has approved the nomination of the Secretary of the Association. The Presidium may terminate the employment contract with the Secretary of the Association in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Labour Code of the Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania, and may restrict the powers of the Secretary of the Association until the termination of the contract.11.2. The Secretary of the Association shall be the sole governing body of the Association.

11.3.The Secretary of the Association shall have the right to act independently on behalf of the Presidium in the following areas of activity:

11.3.1. control the compliance of the members of the Association with the financial obligations assumed by the Association;

11.3.2. represent the Association in all governmental, public, international and other organizations, as well as in relations with all other legal and natural persons, in matters of the Association's activity determined by the Congress and the Presidium;

11. 3.3. provide consultations and information to foreign businessmen on the activities of freight forwarders and logistics operators of the Republic of Lithuania;
11.3.4. disseminate information on the activities of the Association, promote its goals and objectives.

11.4. If the Secretary of the Association is not approved by the Association, his/her functions shall be delegated to the Presidium. The right to represent the Association in all governmental, public, international and other organisations and in relations with third parties and other functions of the Secretary of the Association shall in such a case be delegated to the President of the Association.11.5 The competence of the Secretary of the Association shall be as follows:
11.5.1. conclude transactions on behalf of the Association on the instructions of the Presidium and represent the Association in relations with third parties;
11.5.2. recruit the employees of the Association, subject to the approval of the Presidium of the candidates; dismiss the employees of the Association;
11.5.3. organize the implementation of the resolutions of the Congress and the Presidium;
11.5.4. within the limits of the budget approved by the Presidium, manage the Association's activities in the Republic of Lithuania and abroad;
11.5.5. participate in meetings of the Presidium with the right of an advisory vote;
11.5.6. carry out any other functions established by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania and the Articles of Association of the Association.

12.   ASSETS AND REVENUE SOURCES

12.1. The Association may own buildings, equipment, vehicles, as well as other property necessary for the implementation of the Association's goals and objectives as stipulated in the Statutes of the Association, which may be acquired with the Association's funds, as well as by donation, assignment or other lawful means.

12.2 The funds of the Association shall consist of:
12.2.1. joining, membership and other fees paid by members or other persons participating in the activities of the Association;
12.2.2. donations made by individuals, charitable organisations and charitable foundations;
12. 2.3. funds donated (donated) by non-state organizations, international public organizations;
12.2.4. interest earned by credit institutions on the Association's funds deposited in their custody;
12.2.5. other legally obtained funds.

12.3. State authorities and governmental bodies and institutions may allocate funds to the Association only for the implementation of specific targeted programmes and in other cases provided for by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania. These funds may be used only for the programmes and other purposes for which they were granted and only in accordance with the estimates approved by the granting authority or body. The use of the funds must be accounted for at the request of the granting authority or body, and must be accompanied by documents certifying their use.

12.4.The property and funds of the Association shall be used for the purposes and objectives set out in the Articles of Association of the Association and shall not be distributed to the members of the Association in any form whatsoever, if not related to the activities of the Association.

13.  PROCEDURES FOR THE USE OF FUNDS AND REVENUES AND THE CONTROL OF THE ASSOCIATION'S OPERATIONS

13.1 The Chief Financial Officer of the Association shall be responsible for the preparation of the Association's financial reporting documents and for the maintenance of the Association's accounting records. If necessary, the Bureau shall have the right to use the services of an auditor.

13.2.1. the financial activities of the Association and the related accounting and financial reporting documents;
13.2.2. the financial accounting data of the Association presented to Congress or the Presidium on the instructions of the Congress;
13.2.3. the financial data contained in the report of the Association's activities presented to the Congress.

13.3. The Chief Financial Officer shall be liable for concealment of deficiencies in the Association's activities in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania.

14. REORGANISATION AND END OF THE ASSOCIATION

14.1. The Association shall be reorganised or terminated (reorganised or liquidated) in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania.

15. PROCEDURES FOR POSTING NOTICES AND ADVERTISEMENTS

15.1 All notices of the Association (other than those which are required to be made public under the applicable laws of the Republic of Lithuania) shall be sent to the members of the Association by registered mail to the last address of the member known and used by the Association or by e-mail.

15.2. public announcements and notices of the Association shall be published in the daily newspaper "Lietuvos Rytas" or in an electronic publication for public announcements published by the manager of the Register of Legal Entities of the Republic of Lithuania, in accordance with the procedure and terms established by law.

15.3. The conclusion of the conditions for the reorganisation of the Association, the decision to reorganise the Association or the liquidation of the Association shall be published in the daily newspaper Lietuvos Rytas three (3) times at intervals of not less than thirty (30) calendar days, or published in the daily newspaper Lietuvos Rytas one (1) time, and shall be notified in writing to all the Association's members and creditors.

15.4 The Secretary of the Association shall be responsible for the proper dispatch and publication of notices.

16. Rules for the provision of ASSOCIATION DOCUMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION TO MEMBERS

16.1 The Secretary of the Association shall keep the documents and other information relating to the activities of the Association. Every member of the Association shall have the right to inspect them by contacting the Secretary of the Association.

16.2. The documents and other information of the Association shall be kept in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania.

16.3 The list of members of the Association and information about the Association's activities shall be provided free of charge to the members of the Association. Other information shall be provided to the members of the Association on a paid basis, in accordance with the procedure established by the Presidium.

17. PROCEDURES FOR ADOPTION OF DECISIONS ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OR DISCONTINUATION OF THE ASSOCIATION'S AFFILIATIONS AND DEPARTMENTS

17.1. The Association shall have the right to establish branches and/or representative offices in the Republic of Lithuania and in foreign countries. The Association shall be liable for the obligations of the branch and/or representative office with all its assets. The number of branches and/or representative offices of the Association shall not be limited.

17.2 Decisions on the establishment or termination of branches and/or representative offices of the Association shall be taken and the regulations of branches and/or representative offices shall be approved by the Presidium of the Association. The Presidium shall also appoint and remove members of the governing bodies of the branch and/or representative offices and take other decisions concerning the activities of the branch and/or representative offices.

18. PROCEDURE FOR CHANGING THE ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

18.1 The right of initiative to amend the Statutes of the Association shall be vested in the Congress of the Association and the Presidium.

18.2. Amendments to the Statutes of the Association shall be adopted and approved by the Congress of the Association by a majority of not less than 2/3 (two-thirds) of the members present at the Congress.

18.3.Amendments to the Statutes shall enter into force upon their registration in the Register of Legal Entities of the Republic of Lithuania in accordance with the procedure established by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.


19. FINAL PROVISIONS

19.1.After the liquidation of the Association, the funds and assets shall be managed in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania.

19.2 Other matters not covered by these Statutes shall be dealt with in accordance with the procedure established by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.

19.3 The Statutes are drawn up and signed in Lithuanian language in 3 (three) copies.

19.4 These Statutes were signed on 31 May 2012.

Authorised person:

Acting Chef Executive Officer Evelina Maškalaitė

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