It was agreed in 1997 that the four established European
Carbon Groups (British, French, German and Spanish) wished to see the
formation of an Association.
The agreements which follow have been subject to approval by
the Committees / Councils of the existing National Carbon Groups.
The Association will be known as the:
EUROPEAN CARBON ASSOCIATION (ECA)
The National Carbon Groups of France, Germany, Spain and United
Kingdom will be the founding members.
A spokesman will be freely elected for a period of three years
from the Chairmen of the participating groups, in order to provide a focus
for international discussions. The spokesman is free to nominate a
representative, who is the Chairman of a National Group in ECA, if he/she is
unable to attend on ECA meeting.
The principal function of the Association will be to decide
the schedule of the European International Carbon Conferences, within the
agreed world-wide triennial cycle, on the basis of application, a
presentation, and then selection by the national representatives
(Chairmen/Presidents) to the European Carbon Association.
There may be only one application from any ECA member, or group containing
that member. The ECA will establish criteria to be covered by the
presentation. The decision of the ECA will be binding on the national carbon
groups that are members of the ECA.
Organization of the triennial International Conferences within
Europe will continue to be the responsibility of the Group in the host
country. At least one ECA representative from outside the host country shall
serve on the programme committee.
Each of the ECA members will provide one representative to
meetings of the European Carbon Association committee, which shall usually be
the Chairman (or President) or his nominee. Meetings of these persons shall
usually be held during each annual carbon conference. Any associated costs of
the delegates in attending these meetings or any special meeting, which is
necessary, will be responsibility of the individual national groups and not
the European Carbon Association, which shall not hold nor require funding.
Additional national groups within Europe may be considered for
membership of the European Carbon Association in due course against suitable
criteria (e. g. a constituted national group with established scientific
activity and with international participation). It was suggested that future
European Carbon Conferences would provide an opportunity for such groups to
engage in discussions about what the groups might be in a position to offer. Initially,
this might be something in the form of a Workshop meeting.
The organization of the triennial European contribution to the
World Carbon Conference cycle does not preclude the organization of
additional workshops and symposia on specialized topics.
All decisions to be made by the national representatives of the
European Carbon Association will be based on voting.
Berlin, November 23, 2001