ART. 4 – Members
National and international companies and in general any natural or juridical person operating in any sector of the production chain of the market for hides, skins and leather may be members of the association.
Members may be ordinary members or supporters.
Ordinary members are traders, industrialists, artisans, agents, intermediaries and auxiliaries in any way involved in the trading and using of leather.
Supporting members are natural persons, industry organizations, public or private bodies and companies who wish to assist in economic terms or by means of their authority in the pursuit of the association’s aims.
Those wishing to become members shall submit an application form, and membership and shall be admitted as incontestably determined by the Governing Board.
Membership shall be for one calendar year, from 1 January of the year following admission and shall be deemed tacitly renewed unless formally cancelled three months prior to renewal by registered mail with recorded delivery or by certified e-mail.
Save in the event of timely cancellation, in which circumstance membership shall continue until the end of the current year, membership shall cease immediately in the following circumstances:
a) withdrawal of a member voting against amendments to the bylaws, with the immediate ceasing of any right and obligation, exception made for the payment of membership fees up to the end of the current calendar year;
b) withdrawal of a member for any other reason such as to render continuation of membership incompatible, with the immediate ceasing of any right and obligation, exception made for the payment of membership fees up to the end of the current calendar year;
c) unilateral termination of membership of the Association resolved upon by the Governing Board as per the Arbitration Rules and in any case on objective and established grounds of a serious nature, incompatible with membership, with the immediate ceasing of any right and obligation, exception made for the payment of membership fees up to the normal expiry of membership;
d) bankruptcy declared by a final court judgment, winding up of a business, with the specification that from the date of judgment declaring bankruptcy and until that judgment becomes final, the Governing Board shall be entitled to resolve upon the suspension of membership. With regard to other insolvency proceedings – including arrangement with creditors for the continuing of the business – the Governing Board shall be entitled to suspend the member, with effect also on membership fees, in the event of protracted delays or of particularly complex circumstances arising out of irregular and self-serving uses of the procedure.
Changes to a company’s business name do not terminate membership.
Membership fees are not transferrable; exception made for transfer due to death of a member and cannot gain or lose in value.