TPA Charter

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TPA Charter

Article 1

An association, regulated by the law of 1 July 1901 and by the decree of 16 August 1901 and called "TPA", which stands for TOTAL Professeurs Associés was established, with the following articles, by the members.


Article 2 - Purpose

The purpose of this association is:

■ To promote relationships among universities, institutes of higher education and the petroleum world, by means of technical or economical presentations given by teachers and experts active both in France and abroad.

■ To inform both French and foreign students about petroleum techniques and careers, about natural gas and chemistry and about the relative educational branches existing in France.


Article 3 - Legal premises

The legal premises are established at La Défense 6, 2 Place de la Coupole,92400 COURBEVOIE

They may be moved by a simple decision of the Board of Directors; ratification by the General Meeting is necessary.


Article 4 - Composition

The association is composed of:

Distinguished members
Patron members
Contributing members.


Article 5 - Admission

In order to belong to the association, a member must be approved by the Executive Committee which rules, during each of its meetings, on the requests for admission presented.


Article 6 - Members

Distinguished members are those who have rendered significant service to the association; they are exempt from dues.

Patron members are natural or legal persons who contribute to the association's successful operation (see article 8).
Contributing members are those who have committed to paying annual dues.

Dues are set annually by the General Meeting.


Article 7 – Exclusion

Membership in the association is terminated:

by resignation
by death
by expulsion declared by the Board of Directors.


Article 8 - Resources

The association's resources include:

1) the amount of initiation fees and dues;

2) subsidies from the TOTAL Group from educational institutions and from any other organisation.

These resources are intended solely to cover the association's operating expenses (offices, secretariat, computer systems, travel expenses, publishing costs, telecommunications).

A detailed account summary is produced every year according to the rules of the 16th February 1949 related to such association worker french law.


Article 9 - Board of Directors

The association is directed by a Board of 6 members to 12 members, elected for three years by the General Meeting. The members may be re-elected. They belong to, or have belonged to, the TOTAL organisation or work an organisation related to the education environment.

The following various petroleum- and gas areas will be as represented as possible:

- Exploration/Production

- Refining/Distribution

- Chemistry/Petrochemistry

- Support activities

The Board of Directors chooses, by secret vote, an Executive Committee from among its members and consisting of:

- a chairman

- one or two vice-chairmen

- one treasurer

Half of the Board is renewed every three years. The first year, exiting members are chosen by lot. If there are vacancies, the Board arranges provisorily for its members to be replaced. The next General Meeting definitively replaces such members. The powers of the members thus elected end when the mandate of the replaced members would normally end.


Article 10 - Meetings of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets at least once every six months, when convened by the Chairman, or at the request of one-quarter [R1] of its members. Decisions are made by majority vote; in the case of a tie, the Chairman's vote is deciding. Any member of the Board who, without a valid reason, does not attend three consecutive meetings, may be considered as having resigned.


Article 11 - Ordinary General Meeting

The ordinary General Meeting includes all the members of the association, from any category whatsoever. The ordinary General Meeting is held each year in the month of October. At least 15 days before the date set for the meeting, the Chairman convenes the members of the association. The agenda is included with the convocation. The Chairman presides over the meeting, explains the state of the association, reports on its management and submits the budget for the meeting's approval. After the agenda has been dealt with, exiting Board members may be replaced, by secret ballot. The General Meeting may deal only with questions submitted to the agenda.


Article 12 - Extraordinary General Meeting

If necessary, or if so requested by half plus one of the registered members, the Chairman may convene an extraordinary General Meeting, following the procedures provided for by article 11.


Article 13 - Articles of association

The Board of Directors may decide on an article, which it then submits for approval by the General Meeting. This article is intended to establish various points not covered by the articles of association, in particular those that have to do with the association's internal administration.


Article 14 - Dissolution

In the case of dissolution declared by at least two-thirds of the members present at the General Meeting, one or several liquidators shall be named by the Meeting and, if the association assets are to be devolved, this is to be done according to article 9 of the law of 1 July 1901 and according to the decree of 16 August 1901.