General Assembly

The General Assembly is the ultimate decision-making body of the European Partners against Corruption/European contact-point network against corruption (EPAC/EACN), bringing together all members.

It convenes at least once a year and can also meet at the discretion of a decision between three among the President, two Vice Presidents and two Deputy Vice Presidents, or at the request of at least one third of its members.

The General Assembly’s mandate is to:

  • Determine the general policies of the network
  • Accept new members and observers
  • Suspend or expel members and observers who violate the general principles of the network
  • Elect and appoint persons to perform the functions set out in the Constitution
  • Suspend or dismiss persons from such functions
  • Establish working groups on specific issues and/or projects
  • Adopt declarations after conferences
  • Adopt and amend the Constitution (s)
  • Dissolve the network (s)

The General Assembly strives to make decisions based on consensus. When consensus on issues such as the Constitution (s), the suspension and/or expulsion of members/observers, and on the dissolution of the network cannot be achieved, decisions are taken by a two-thirds majority. All other decisions are taken on the basis of a simple majority vote.

In voting, the “one member – one vote” principle applies. In case there are more than five members per state, these members will come to an internal agreement with respect to their right to vote. If no internal agreement is achieved, then the principle of majority is implemented with only one vote being given. Observers and honorary members do not hold voting rights.