Committee Reform Act 2013



  • COMMITTEE REFORM ACT

    Proposed by Angleter :: Passed (9-0), November 5th, 2013 :: Unamended


    SECTION I. PURPOSE AND DEFINITIONS

    1. This Act intends to standardise and increase accountability in the organisation of Council committees.

    2. For the purposes of this Act, we define the used terms as follows:
      a. COMMITTEE – A group of predominantly Councillors established by European Union law to carry out certain executive duties.
      b. EBCWA – European Biological and Chemical Weapons Authority
      c. EACB – European Arts Collaboration Board


    SECTION II. ORGANISATION OF COMMITTEES

    1. Each committee shall be led by a Director, who shall serve for a non-renewable term of six months. The Director must be a European Councillor elected by the European Council by the Alternative Vote system, with the exception of the Director of the EBCWA, who must not be a European Councillor, nor a representative of any single member-state, and shall be appointed by the Commissioner for Defence and Peacekeeping.

    2. The electoral process for Directors shall include one week of nominations, and one week of elections. The elected Director shall take office immediately upon the conclusion of elections.

    3. Each committee shall have four ordinary members, all European Councillors, who shall volunteer to serve a non-renewable six month term on that committee after the Director for that term takes office. In the event that more than four Councillors volunteer for a certain committee, the Director shall choose the four ordinary members.

    4. In the event that a seat on the committee becomes vacant, the normal process for filling that seat shall be repeated in order to fill that seat for the rest of the term.

    5. Committees shall take decisions by a simple majority out of all five committee members, although the Director shall have veto power over any decisions taken.

    6. Directors may be impeached and removed from their post by a two-thirds majority of the European Council. Any Councillor may move to impeach a Director.

    7. Ordinary members who have been inactive or have acted inappropriately in their position may be fired from their position by the Director. However, they are free to volunteer to fill the vacancy thus created, and may be reinstated by a two-thirds majority of the European Council. Such a reinstatement will trigger a further vote on whether to impeach the Director according to the provisions of Section V.

    8. No Councillor may sit on more than one committee at a time. Councillors are prohibited from sitting on more than one committee at a time if there are enough volunteers to fill the committee. In the event that there are not enough volunteers to fill all committee spots at the end of the sign up period, a Councillor already serving on a committee can volunteer for the spot. A Councillor with less committee memberships than another Councillor will always have special preference in filling a spot.


    SECTION III. FURTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. In addition to the responsibilities outlined in previous legislation, the European Arts Collaboration Board shall be responsible for the European Heritage Site Programme.

    SECTION IV. IMPLEMENTATION

    1. This Act shall come into force immediately after its passage. The electoral process for Directors will thus begin immediately, but in the event of a clash will be delayed until after the end of the Commission and/or ECoJ electoral processes.

    2. Upon the coming into force of this Act, the EACB and EBCWA, and no other organisation, shall be considered committees and be subject to the provisions of this Act.

    3. In the event that an organisation that satisfies the definition of 'committee' in s. I(2)(a) of this Act is established after this Act comes into force, that organisation shall be subject to the provisions of this Act, unless the legislation establishing the organisation states otherwise.


    NOTES

    • s. III(1) makes the European Arts Collaboration Board responsible for the European Heritage Site Programme, which is in conflict with s. II(6) of the European Common Education and Culture Act 2018, which subjects the enforcement of the European Heritage Site Act 2010 to the EICE.

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