European Association for Public Administration Accreditation

    The Association of Legal Entities (Persons)

    Article I
    General Constitutions

    /1/ This organization shall be known as the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (referred to hereinafter as NISPAcee).
    /2/ NISPAcee is the representative organization of Central and Eastern European institutions undertaking education, training and research in the field of public administration at large and of professionals involved in this field, as practitioners, researchers, trainers, teachers or academics.
    /3/ NISPAcee is a non profit organization through whose assets is responsible in the case of any unfulfilled duties.
    /4/ NISPAcee Headquarter is located in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

    Article II
    Mandate of Activities

    /1/ The objectives of NISPAcee are the following:
    a)  to strengthen and assist schools and institutes of public administration education and training in Central and Eastern Europe, and to assist in the continuing  development and refining of public administration theory and practice in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe;
    b)  to improve co operation between the various schools and institutes of public administration throughout the region, and between individual educators, students and practitioners in the field, and to disseminate and encourage the utilization of knowledge and practices developed by its members through co operative efforts;
    c)  to set up appropriate permanent or occasional working groups related to common research interests amongst academics and practitioners active in the field of public administration in Central and Eastern Europe and other countries to investigate specific subjects and problems of interest and importance to member institutions;
    d)  to foster comparative studies and help develop public administration theory, especially as it applies to the region's transition toward full democratic governance and the development of a market economy, and to facilitate the application of corresponding innovative ideas and technologies;
    e)  to organize and encourage the exchange of information relative to developments in the theory and practice of public administration, with specific applications to Central and Eastern Europe; and
    f)  to stimulate and promote the participation of young professionals and students in the field of public  administration and public service, as well as in the activities of NISPAcee.

    /2/ NISPAcee understands the field of public administration to encompass:
    a) public administration, public policy, public management and evaluation of public institutions;
    b) administrative law;
    c) public management reform techniques;
    d) budgeting and financial management, human resource management; and
    e) work of all levels of government (state, regional, local), intergovernmental relations and international organizations.
     /3/ The means by which NISPAcee will advance its objectives include:
    a)  organizing an Annual Conference, a summer school and seminars, study groups for comparative research, publications and fostering contacts with Central and Eastern European professionals and organizations in the field of public administration;
    b)  occasionally inviting scholars from non Central and Eastern European countries working on transition issues to participate in NISPAcee conferences and events, thus fostering institutional contacts and exchanges with professional organizations in the field of public administration outside Central and Eastern Europe to attain its objectives;
    c)  promoting cooperation among member institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and between members and institutions with similar purposes in countries outside the region;
    d)  providing information services to member institutions;
    e)  encouraging curricular development and innovation in education and providing a forum for the discussions of educational issues relevant to the Central and Eastern European region;
    f)  developing appropriate standards for educational programmes and reviewing the quality of     programmes;
    g)  strengthening the research base of education for public management and administration;
    h)  publishing and distributing a newsletter, textbooks, and other educational and informational materials concerning public administration (including an electronic form);
    i)  promoting cooperative programmes with international organizations;
    j)  receiving grants and entering into contracts; and
    k)  encouraging the maintenance of high standards of conduct in public life.

    Article III

    /1/ NISPAcee membership encompasses Member Institutions, Associate Members, Governmental Members, Individual Members and Honorary Members.
    /2/ Member Institutions: membership in NISPAcee shall be open to appropriately designated academic units within larger educational institutions (eg colleges, schools, divisions, departments, programmes, units, centres, institutes, faculties), to independent educational and training institutions having curricula leading to:
    i)   graduate degrees in public policy, public management and administration;
    ii)  undergraduate degrees where public policy, public management and administration areas predominate; and
    iii) diplomas or certificates in public policy, public management and administration,
to independent non-profit research institutions (e.g. think-tanks), or to governmental institutions and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe.
     /3/ Associate Members: associate membership shall be open academic degree granting institutions, agencies of government, corporations, foundations, professional associations, academic institutions offering diplomas or certificates, independent research or training organizations from non Central and Eastern European countries, and other non-academic organizations and international organizations that subscribe to the purpose of NISPAcee. Individuals from these institutions can also apply for Individual membership.
    /4/ Individual Members: participation shall be open to Central and Eastern European professionals mainly involved in teaching, research, training and practice in public management and administration, whether they represent a Member Institution or not.
    /5/ Governmental Members: membership shall be open to governmental institutions and agencies other than educational and training ones that subscribe to the purpose of NISPAcee.
    /6/ Honorary Members: membership shall be open to the recipients of the Alena Brunovská Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration, former NISPAcee Presidents and Executive Directors. Honorary Members will enjoy the benefits of the Individual Members without paying the membership dues.
    /7/ Principal Representatives: each Member Institution and Associate Member shall designate a Principal  Representative who will be its primary channel of communication to and from NISPAcee and who will be responsible for facilitating participation in NISPAcee activities by other personnel from the member institution. The Principal Representative shall, either in person or by designated alternate from the same institution, cast the member institution's vote on all matters on which the organization is entitled to vote.
    /8/ Eligibility for membership: decisions on the eligibility of particular applicants for any category of membership or associate membership shall be made by the Steering Committee. Acceptance will be contingent on candidates completing an application form and paying dues. A membership may be cancelled by the written request of a member, or if a member doesn't fulfil the duties of membership. The Steering Committee may terminate the membership of particular organizations for non conformity  with the requirements and duties of membership, including the payment of dues.
    /9/ Separate membership: membership in NISPAcee may be held by more than one academic unit within a single institution of higher education and/or by more than one institution in a given country provided each unit or institution offers a programme in public management and education and each assumes the full duties of membership, including the payment of dues.
    /10/ Membership benefits:
    a)  All members who pay annual membership fees receive NISPAcee publications.  Member Institutions, Associate Members and Governmental Members are entitled to receive one copy of all NISPAcee publications. Individual Members are entitled to receive one copy of maximum two publications a year.
    b)  Members may contribute to NISPAcee publications.
    c)  Members may participate in NISPAcee General Assembly, Annual Conferences, Annual Business Meetings, working groups, and other NISPAcee activities.    
    d)  Members attend conferences at a reduced rate. Member Institutions, Associate Members and Governmental Members may delegate three persons to attend conferences at a reduced rate.    
    /11/ Member Institutions also have the right:
    a) to propose and to elect the proposed members of the Steering Committee, and to be elected to the Steering Committee,
    b) to confirm NISPAcee policy and the budget,
    c) to confirm the membership fees, and other organizational and financial issues.

    Article IV

    /1/ The General Assembly and the Steering Committee are the NISPAcee governing bodies.
General Assembly

    /2/ The General Assembly includes all NISPAcee members and is the principal governing body of NISPAcee. Each institution is represented by a Principal Representative or designated alternate. The General Assembly shall meet on the occasion of the Annual Conference.
    /3/ The General Assembly
    a) elects the members of the Steering Committee,
    b) confirms NISPAcee policy,
    c) confirms the budget,
    d) confirms the membership fees required to cover expenditures.
    /4/ Annual Business Meeting
Annual Business Meeting of NISPAcee will be convened in association with the meetings of the General Assembly as part of the Annual Conference.
    /5/ Voting
Only Member Institutions can vote on NISPAcee business. Individual Members, Associate Members and Governmental Members can participate in the debate but have no voting privileges.
Votes shall be cast by the Principal Representatives of Member Institutions or by designated alternates from the same institutions. No proxy votes shall be cast.
Elections or the resolution of matters on which the organization is entitled to vote shall be decided by majority of votes cast by Member Institutions through Principal Representatives or designated alternates from the same institution at the Annual Business Meeting.
    /6/  Quorum  
A quorum of the General Assembly shall consist of the Principal Representatives or designate alternates from one-third of the Member Institutions. If the quorum is not constituted, the meeting of General Assembly shall be interrupted for one hour. After the hour the quorum shall consist of the Principal Representatives or designate alternates of the Member Institutions present at the meeting.

 Steering Committee
    /7/  The Steering Committee shall have the responsibility to:
    a)  arrange for the convening of meetings of the General Assembly, Conferences and Workshops and for the implementation of such decisions as the General Assembly may take;
    b)  elaborate action programmes;
    c)  propose nominations for election to the Steering Committee;
    d)  present to the General Assembly for its approval the annual report, and written statement of     accounts for the last year;
    e)  formulate the annual budget;
    f)  form ad hoc committees as needed;
    g)  negotiate and accept grants and donations in support of the NISPAcee's objectives;
    h)  propose the amount of membership fee necessary to meet the budget;
    i)  approve all contracts entered into by NISPAcee; and
    j)  decide the location of the Headquarter.
    /8/ NISPAcee shall be managed by a Steering Committee of seven officers, including the Immediate Past President and one young scholar at the beginning of an academic carrier.  The Steering Committee members are elected from among the Member Institutions. The members of the Steering Committee are elected by the General Assembly for a three year term, renewable only once. No Member Institutions shall have more than one of its members on the Committee at any time. The election of the Steering Committee members will take place when some of the members finish their terms. If a member of the Steering Committee resigns during the term, the Steering Committee will appoint a substitute for the rest of the term of the resigned member.
    /9/ Nominations for election to the Steering Committee of NISPAcee can be made by the outgoing Steering Committee, Member Institutions or from the floor during the Annual Business Meeting. Principal Representatives as well as designated alternates or other representatives of Member Institutions are equally eligible for election as officers. Candidates need not be present at election meeting but must agree prior to nomination to serve if elected.
    /10/ The Steering Committee can invite persons from organizations which help NISPAcee substantively and financially to attend its meetings and to participate. Invited members of the Steering Committee have no voting power.
    /11/ The Steering Committee will meet at least once a year at the time of the meeting of the General Assembly, and on other occasions on call of the President after consultation with the Steering Committee members, or at the request of a majority of the Steering Committee.
              /12/ Members of the Steering Committee will not receive financial remuneration for serving on the Committee.


    /13/ The Steering Committee shall appoint a President from among its members for a two year term, which may not be renewed immediately. The President shall serve from the close of the Annual Conference when he/she is appointed until the close of the Conference two years later unless removed from office by vote of a majority of the Steering Committee. After the term the Immediate Past President will stay in the Steering Committee for two additional years.
    /14/ The President may designate one of the Steering Committee members as Vice President for representational purposes on an as needed basis.
    /15/ The President will be assisted by an Executive Director appointed by the Steering Committee.
    /16/ The President shall be responsible for the leadership, general direction and management of the affairs of  NISPAcee, and represents the organization in its dealings with other institutions and bodies.
Executive Director

    /17/  The Executive Director shall be appointed by the Steering Committee and serve at its pleasure. The Executive Director is the officer responsible in all matters regarding the staff of the Headquarter.
    /18/ NISPAcee Executive Director will be generally responsible for the performance of the Headquarter, for execution of NISPAcee's functions and work programme. The Executive Director shall:
a) administer the processes involved in institutional maintenance of NISPAcee, including management of membership fees and maintenance of records and official rosters;
b) organize the NISPAcee communications system, including the distribution of circulars, invitations  and reports, and develop networks for promotion of the NISPAcee's objectives;
c) enlist new members through dissemination of information and other initiatives;
d) maintain records of all NISPAcee income received and expenditure incurred; prepare NISPAcee's  budget and financial reports;
e) assist the NISPAcee Steering Committee and working groups in the conduct of their business;
f) prepare, publish and distribute the NISPAcee newsletter;
g) organize the Annual Conference;
h) keep minutes of Steering Committee and any other group meetings;
i) carry out such other duties as the President and the Steering Committee may assign;
j) implement and maintain relationship with other institutions and bodies according to the policies established by the Steering Committee.
Article V
    Finances and Property Rights

    /1/ NISPAcee has the sole right of governing its assets; its revenues are the source of its assets.
    /2/ The NISPAcee revenues are
    a) membership fees,
    b) grants,
    c) donations,
    d) yields of its own activities and of its assets.
    /3/ NISPAcee governs itself by a yearly budget. The President and Executive Director propose a draft budget to the Steering Committee two months in advance of the General Assembly. They also provide an independent audited statement of NISPAcee finances for the past year to the General Assembly.  
    /4/ The President and Executive Director are authorized to establish a bank account into which all revenues of every kind shall be paid.
    /5/ The Steering Committee delegates annually cheque signing authority to the Executive Director up to a specified limit and requires approval of the President for higher amounts.
    /6/ The Executive Director presents a report on the current state of finances to each meeting of the Steering Committee.
    /7/ All grants, donations, and contracts under which NISPAcee would receive money require prior approval of the Steering Committee. Such approval can be obtained per rollam (by fax, letter or e-mail).
    /8/ No officer of NISPAcee can enter into any debt obligation.

    Article VI
    Expiry date

    /1/  NISPAcee shall expire after a cancellation based on the resolution of the General Assembly accepted by a two-thirds vote of Institutional Members present, and after a cancellation of its registration.
    /2/  If NISPAcee expires without any legal successor, its remaining assets will be divided equally among the eligible Member Institutions on the date of expiration.

    Article VII
    Effective date and amendments

    /1/  These regulations are effective upon adoption by the founding institutions.
    /2/  These regulations may be amended by a two thirds vote of members present at a duly called business meeting, provided that the proposed amendments have been circulated to all Member Institutions at least 30 days in advance of the meeting to provide them with an opportunity to react.

Adopted by the funding institutions: Bratislava, May 11, 1995

Amended by the General Assembly at the NISPAcee Annual Business Meetings on :
                  April 25, 1997, Tallinn, Estonia
                  March 20, 1998, Prague, Czech Republic
          April 15, 2000, Budapest, Hungary
          May 12, 2006, Ljubljana, Slovenia
          May 23, 2012, Ohrid, Macedonia
          May 22, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia