5G Slicing Association
Use 5G network slicing technology to enable business transformation and promote social transformation.
5G Slicing Association
Charter
Article 2

The seat of the Association is located in Zurich.
The Association shall be of unlimited duration. 

Article 19

All members (including observer Members) shall comply with the policies and procedures of the Association. 

Resources
Name and headquarters

Article 1

The “5G Slicing Association”  is a non-profit association governed by the present Articles of Association and, secondly, by Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. It is neutral politically, and non-denominational.

Aims
Article 3

The Association shall pursue the following aims:
Promoting the prosperity, communication and intercon-nection of the 5G ecosystem and serving as a global platform for the cooperation of 5G slicing networks, gathering knowledge, resources and strength of stake-holders in science and the industry with the goal of gaining and sharing insights, requirements and architec-tures and of exploring new models and mechanisms involving 5G slicing networks.
Promoting the standardization of technical solutions, products and applications in, and developing and prom-ulgating of standards for, 5G slicing networks 

Article 4 

The Association's resources are derived from:

donations and legacies; sponsorship; public subsidies; membership fees; and/or any other resources authorized by the law.

Members shall be obligated to pay membership fees. The membership fee shall be paid annually and within a reasonable amount. 

The actual annual membership fee (maximum or below) shall be determined by an authorized organ of the Asso-ciation.
The funds shall be used in accordance with the Associa-tion's social aims.


Members
Article 5

Any physical person or legal entity may become a member if they have demonstrated their dedication to the goals of the Association through their commitments or actions.

Legal entities shall strive for continuity of the person(s) that represent them in the Association.
The Association comprises:

Formal Members; and

Observer Members.
Formal Members have full membership rights.
Observer Members have observer status and petition rights, but no voting rights. They may participate in the Association’s meetings and working groups and they have access to working papers and standards promulgated by the Association.
Requests to become a member must be addressed to an authorized organ of the Association. The authorized organ of the Association admits new members and informs the General Assembly accordingly.
Membership ceases:

On death (physical person) or dissolution (legal entity);

By written resignation thereby notifying the  authorized organ of the Association at least six months before the end of the financial year;

By exclusion ordered by the authorized organ of the Association, for just cause, with a right of appeal to the General Assembly. Appeals must be lodged within 30 days of the authorized organ of the Association’s decision being notified;

For non-payment of dues for more than one year.
In all cases the membership fee for the current year remains due. Members who have resigned or who are excluded have no rights to any part of the Association’s assets.
Only the Association's assets may be used for obliga-tions/commitments contracted in its name. Members have no personal liability.


Organs
Article 6 

The Association shall include the following organs:

General Assembly, 

Executive Committee (“the Committee”).

Auditor [not mandatory]

 The Committee is preferable to be the authorized organ as stated in Articles 4 and 5.

The Committee may establish a Secretariat and appoint committees and working groups.

General Assembly
Article 7 

The General Assembly is the Association's supreme au-thority. It is composed of all the members with voting rights. Members without voting rights are entitled to attend the General Assembly as observers.
It shall hold an Ordinary regularly. It may also hold an extraordinary session whenever necessary, at the request of the Committee or at least of one-fifth of its members.
The General Assembly shall be considered valid regard-less of the number of members present.
The Committee shall inform the members in writing or by e-mail of the date of the General Assembly at least four weeks in advance. The notification, including the pro-posed agenda, shall be sent to each member at least 7 days prior to the date of the meeting.

Article 8

The General Assembly:

Shall decide about the exclusion of a member should this member appeal the decision taken by the Committee;

Appoints the members of the Committee;

Notes the contents of the reports and financial statements for the year and votes on their adoption;

Approves the annual budget;

Supervises the activity of other organs, which it may dismiss, stating the grounds therefore;

Decides on any modification of the Articles of Associa-tion;

Decides on the dissolution of the Association.


Article 10 

Decisions of the General Assembly shall be taken by a majority vote of the members present. In case of dead-lock, the President shall have the casting vote.
Decisions concerning the amendment of the Articles of Association and the dissolution of the Association must be approved by a two-third majority of the members present.

Article 11

Votes are by a show of hands. Voting can also take place by secret ballot, if at least five members request it. 

Article 12

The agenda of the ordinary annual session of the General Assembly must include:

Approval of the Minutes of the previous General As-sembly

The Committee’s annual activity report

The report of the Treasurer

Approval of the budget

Approval of reports and accounts

Election of Committee members 

Miscellaneous business

Committee
Article 13

The Committee is authorized to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the Association. It has the most extensive powers to manage the Association's day-to-day affairs. 

Article 14 

The Committee is composed of at least 3 members elected by the General Assembly. 

Each member's term of office shall last for two years and be renewable. 

The Committee shall constitute itself.

The Committee meets as often as the Association's busi-ness requires.


Article 15

The Committee members work on a volunteer basis and as such can only be reimbursed for their actual expenses and travel costs. Potential attendance fees cannot exceed those paid for official commissions. For activities beyond the usual function, each Committee member is eligible for appropriate compensation.

Article 16

The functions of the Committee are:

to take the appropriate measures to achieve the goals of the Association;

to convene the ordinary and extraordinary General As-semblies;

to take decisions with regard to admission of new mem-bers as well as the resignation and possible expulsion of members;

to ensure that the Articles of Association are applied, to draft rules of procedure, and to administer the assets of the Association;

to determine the actual membership fees within the range provided for in these Articles of Association;

to pass regulations and by-laws;

to establish working groups;

to take those decisions and to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the Association concerning all matters which are not reserved or assigned for decision by law or these Articles of Association to another corporate body.


Article 17

The Association is represented the President or by the members of the Committee. The Committee appoints the signatories of the Association and determines whether they sign individually or jointly. 

Signature and representation
Various provisions
Article 18

General Assemblies of the Association can be held via online conference rooms (e.g. via Zoom or Skype) pro-vided all members are invited in time and receive the necessary documents and access data.
Committee meetings can be held via online conference rooms or telephone conference.

Article 20

The financial year shall begin on 1 January and end on 31 December of each year.

Article 21

Should the Association be dissolved, the available assets should be transferred to a non-profit organization pur-suing public interest goals similar to those of the Associ-ation and likewise benefiting from tax exemption. Under no circumstances should the assets be returned to the founders or members. Nor should they use a part or a total of assets for their own benefit. 

The present Articles of Association have been approved by the Constituent Meeting of The 5G Slicing Associa-tion held on [……] 
For the Association
Luigi Licciardi / the President