Art. 1.1 - These Internal Regulations are established in compliance with the Articles of Association of the U.I.Œ. with the aim of codifying and stating the working regulations of the U.I.Œ.
1.2 - They are approved and, if necessary, modified by the General Assembly of the Union.
1.3 - Its provisions are, of necessity, compatible with the Articles of Association. If for any reason a contradiction between the two arose, the provisions of the Articles of Association would prevail.
Art. 2 - The president of the U.I.Œ is empowered to inform the national Unions of any fact that may harm the reputation of oenologists in general and to invite them to rectify the situation.
Art. 3 - As long as the Union employs no staff, the address of the registered office, which until now has been cordially permitted by the owner of the property, exists only for legal reasons. Consequently, all correspondence should be addressed directly to the president, the secretary or the treasurer as is the case.
Art. 4.1 - The U.I.Œ. is composed of the group of legally constituted national Unions. The number of delegates is fixed according to the table below.
- from 0 to 400 oenologists:
- from 401 to 1200 oenologists:
- more than 1200 oenologists:
4.2 - Delegates participate in General Assemblies of the U.I.Œ with deliberative powers; at least 50% of delegates must be present.
The votes given by the national Unions, each represented by a head delegate and regardless of the number of delegates, are divided on the following basis:
- from 1 to 1000 oenologists: 1 vote for every 100 oenologists
- more than 1000 oenologists: 1 vote for every 300 oenologists
4.3 - Each national Union nominates its active delegates and a reserve for three years in compliance with Art. 4.1.
Each national Union may replace, during the three years, one or more of its delegates on condition that it does so one month before the General Assembly. The names of these delegates are to be sent to the secretary-general of the U.I.Œ as soon as possible.
4.4 - If the meeting Agenda includes a topic requiring expert or specialist knowledge, a delegate or his reserve may be substituted by such a specialist whose name must be sent to the secretary-general at least a week before the meeting.
4.5 - Specialists do not have the right to vote.
4.6 - The national Unions are required to send their Annual Register of members or the updated list of members to the secretary of the U.I.Œ at the end of the business year.
4.7 - The convocation of the General Assembly of the U.I.Œ must be sent out to the active delegates by registered post by the secretary-general at least thirty days before the meeting date.
4.8 - The General Assembly of the U.I.Œ is empowered to deliberate if at least 50% + 1 delegate are present.
4.9 - The elections are based in the first turn on a majority of the voters present; in the second turn on 51% of the voters present; in the third turn by a relative majority. If the same number of votes is cast for two or more delegates, the longest standing member of the General Assembly will be elected.
4.10 - Other decisions are taken on a simple majority basis of the votes present unless the Articles of Association stipulate otherwise. If votes are equally divided, the president has the casting vote.
4.11 - The membership fees must be paid before 30th March of the current year. National Unions that have not paid their subscriptions at the date of elections do not have the right to cast a vote.
4.12 - A secret ballot may be held if the president wishes it or if 50% of the delegates present wish it.
Art. 5.1 - If a delegate should no longer be a member of the national Union that he represents, he will lose his office as a member of the General Assembly.
5.2 - If the president, vice-president, secretary or an auditor should no longer be a member of the national Union that he represents, he will be substituted on the basis of Art. 9 of the Articles of Association.
Art. 6.1 - Travel and board and lodging expenses sustained by the president and secretary-general in the performance of their duties will be paid by the Union Internationale.
6.2 - And likewise for any member of the General Assembly when he is acting expressly on behalf of the President.
6.3 - Travel and board and lodging expenses of other members of the General Assembly for participation in meetings and committees, etc., are to be paid by the respective National Union, and likewise travel expenses of delegates for participation in the General Assembly, except in cases when the host national Union meets said expenses in whole or in part.
6.4 - The General Assembly of the U.I.Œ is empowered to appoint honorific presidents for services rendered to oenology.
Art. 7.1 - Membership of the U.I.Œ implies commitment to respect of the regulations and particularly to pay the membership fees and social charges. The president is authorised, on the opinions of the treasurer and auditors, to demand sums owing by legal means.
7.2 - Gifts and bequests are accepted only by resolution of the General Assembly.
7.3 - Any funds available are invested according to the directives of the Executive Committee, approved by the General Assembly.
Art. 8.1 - If the Union should voluntarily dissolve itself, liquidation will take place under the control of the president until the liquidator's task is completed. The latter will then inform all members of the Board.
8.2 - The institution that benefits from the allocation of the sums remaining must be one which is dedicated to training of oenologists or to the advancement of the international wine-growing and wine-producing sector.
Unanimously approved by the General Assembly of the U.I.Œ at the meeting of August 2008 the 31st held in Deidesheim (Germany).