IDEA NL General Assembly

As a membership organization, IDEA NL is governed democratically by a General Assembly. The General Assembly meets at least once a year, usually though special meetings may be called when needed. Between General Assembly meetings, the Board of Directors has all the necessary power to oversee day-to-day management of IDEA.

The General Assembly has the ultimate authority to:

Elect and remove members of the Board of Directors

Approve and amend the statutes of IDEA NL

Approve the annual budget of IDEA NL

Approve and amend the internal regulations of IDEA NL

Decide on the overall policy and objectives of IDEA NL

Decide to dissolve, liquidate, or reorganize IDEA NL, in whole or in part, in accordance with Dutch law.

The IDEA NL Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly to renewable two-year terms. Members serve on a volunteer basis, and all actions taken by the Board are subject to the review of the General Assembly. IDEA NLs statutes stipulate that one member of the Board must be a legal resident of the Netherlands. Furthermore, through 2005, the Open Society Institute shall have one representative of its own choosing on the board. The Board elects from its own members a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

With the General Assembly's consent, the Board of Directors may:

Name an Advisory Board, whose purpose is to offer expert advice to IDEA. Like the Board of Directors, Advisory Board members are not paid but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the course of their services.

Name an Executive Director to administer IDEA; the Board may also approve the hiring of an administrative staff.