1. Name

Association of Language Centres in Higher Education, hereinafter referred to as ACLES, is registered as a non-profit association in accordance with the provisions of the 191/1964 Associations Act of 24 December, Decree 1940/1965 of 20 May and other complementary provisions, and has established its office in Salamanca in the address C/ Libreros, 30, 37008 Salamanca. The Association shall remain in force until it is formally dissolved (see section 7).

2. Planned Territorial Scope of Action

The territorial scope of action planned for the Association expands throughout the Spanish territory.

3. Aim

ACLES aims to further the objectives of both its domestic and international partners, promote their common interests and ensure collective support for their activities, while also enabling their shared goals and values.

3.1. Objectives

3.2. Activities

4. Partners

ACLES' can be:

  1. Full partners: all Language Centres and, as the case may be, the legal persons in which they are embodied and which have well-defined objectives, headquarters, budget and staff within the scope of the Spanish State.
  2. Benefactor and honorary partners: individuals or corporate entities to whom the Association grants benefactor or honorary status.

4.1 Types of partners:

4.2. Admission

The admission of any kind of partner shall take place following a formal approval procedure by a General Assembly or a committee of admissions (subject to the authority of the General Assembly). To be admitted, two-thirds of the valid votes cast must be in favour.

Payment of subscriptions shall be made after admission.

4.3 Rights and obligations of partners

4.4. Suspension or expulsion

The suspension or removal of any kind of partner including members of the Executive Committee shall take place following a formal procedure approved by a General Assembly or a disciplinary committee (subject to the authority of the General Assembly). Decisions are made by a two-thirds majority.

5. Structure

The ultimate responsibility of the Association shall rest with the General Assembly. The responsibility for the daily management of the Association shall be granted to the elected managers who, together, make up an Executive Committee which shall report annually to the General Assembly.

5.1 General Assembly

All members of the Association (full, individual, benefactors and honorary members) shall be entitled to attend the General Assembly, while only full members are entitled to vote ( Votes can be cast by proxy.

The General Assembly shall meet at least once a year. When a quarter of the members with voting rights are present it shall constitute a quorum. The agenda of the General Assembly shall be issued by the presidency at least one month in advance of the meeting. Extraordinary meetings of the Association may be called by one third of the voting partners or by more than half of the Executive Committee members.

5.2 Executive Committee

The daily management tasks of the Association shall be performed by an elected Executive Committee from among those partners of the General Assembly who are entitled to vote. The work of the Executive Committee may be delegated to committees of experts at the request of the Executive Committee, which shall meet as and when deemed necessary and at least twice a year.

5.3. Representative positions

The Executive Committee shall consist of at least three persons, each of whom may have a substitute person. EC members can remain in office for four years (with a maximum of eight years in the case of a re-election). EC members are entitled to represent the Association in the  CercleS Coordination Committee. The positions involving specific responsibilities in the EC shall be at least three:

6. Resources

The financing of the Association's activities shall be guaranteed by annual membership fees. The General Assembly shall decide the amount of such fee.

Contributions and other possible resources shall be used exclusively within the framework of the objectives set by the statutes.

7. Final provisions

The statutes of the Association may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall decide, by the same majority and always according to the legal requirements of the autonomous community where the headquarters thereof are established, the conditions of the dissolution and liquidation of the Association. In case of dissolution, the resulting credit, once the liquidation is completed, shall be donated to a charity chosen by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority.