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Statute

Welcome to UniCredit & Universities!

The new Statute of UniCredit & Universities Foundation was approved by the Prefettura of Rome on August 23, 2013. 

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Article 1

Foundation – Head-Office - Delegations

A foundation is established called the “UniCredit & Universities Fondazione di studio in onore del Cavaliere del Lavoro Ugo Foscolo”  (Foundation). The shortened name, “UniCredit & Universities Foscolo Foundation” may also be used.

The Foundation is located in Rome, Via Alessandro Specchi, 16.

Delegations and offices may be established both in Italy and abroad in order to carry out such incidental and pragmatic activities useful to attain the Foundation’s purposes, promotional activities as well as developing the necessary network of national and international relations supporting the Foundation itself.

 

Article 2

Purposes

The Foundation’s sole purposes are:

    a. to promote studies and initiatives designed to deepen knowledge in the academic fields of finance, economics, law, politics and the social sciences;

    b. to establish grants, scholarships, fellowships, awards, as specified in article 5;

    c. to propose and support academic initiatives.

The Foundation is a strictly not-for-profit organization.

 

Article 3

Assets

The Foundation’s endowment fund amounts to € 516,456.90 (five hundred and sixteen thousand four hundred fifty six Euros and ninety cents).

The assets can be increased by any donations or wills and testaments in favor of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors can invest the Foundation’s assets, only up to an amount of 4/5, in buildings that will be directly registered under the Foundation’s name.

 

Article 4

Source of financing

To reach its purposes, the Foundation will make use of its own assets as well as of the donations made by private individuals or public institutions, and of any other kind of contributions obtained in accordance with the law.

 

Article 5

Allocation of grants and scholarships

The amount and number of grants and scholarships to be assigned each year will be decided by the Board of Directors once a year, based on the Foundation’s income and donations received for this purpose.

Grants and scholarships will be awarded through one or more announcements, made annually by the Board of Directors, for students who have graduated at legally recognized Universities or comparable Institutes and want to deepen their knowledge in the academic fields of finance, economics, law, politics and social sciences.

The announcements will be issued through Internet or any other advertising system.

Grants and scholarships will be allocated by the Board of Directors according to a merit ranking determined by the Foundation’s Scientific Committee.

The amount of any unassigned grant and/or scholarship will be used to increase the amount of grants and scholarships in the coming year, according to the decisions of the Board of Directors.

 

Article 6

Foundation's Bodies

The Foundation’s governance system is comprised of:

    1) Board of Directors;

    2) Chairman of the Foundation;

    3) Secretary General;

    4) Board of Auditors.

 

Article 7

The Board of Directors

The Foundation is administered by the Board of Directors, which consists of one Chairman and six members, all of them appointed by the Board of Directors of UniCredit SpA.

One of the aforementioned members must be selected by the UniCredit Board of Directors from a list of at least three candidates proposed by the Board of the Associazione Borsisti Marco Fanno.

The term of office for all members of the Foundation is three years and they may be reappointed.

When the Chairman or any other member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors decides to resign or otherwise discontinue their term of service, the Board of Directors of UniCredit SpA will provide substitute(s) as required.

If the Board member proposed by the Associazione Borsisti Marco Fanno resigns or otherwise discontinues his/her term of service, the Board of Directors of the Associazione Borsisti Marco Fanno will provide a list of three candidates to the Board of Directors of UniCredit SpA. The replacement member will be selected by the UniCredit Board of Directors from this list.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors has full power to administer (also for the extraordinary administration) the Foundation’s assets and for the management of both revenues and expenses, both ordinary and extraordinary.

Annually, the Foundation’s Board of Directors decides the initiatives to be followed by the Foundation within academia, defining as well the amounts to be apportioned.

To promote the development of this activity, the Board of Directors may use the suggestions of the Scientific Committee.

 

Article 8

The Chairman

The Chairman represents the Foundation itself, both in front of third parties and the judiciary.

He is legally accountable and monitors the observance of regulations concerning the Foundation activity.

The Board of Directors meetings are chaired by the Chairman.

The Board elects, among its members, one Vice-Chairman who will assume all the Chairman’s duties, in case of his/her absence or impediment.

 

Article 9

The Secretary General

The Secretary General is appointed by the Board of Directors, in accordance with the Chairman’s proposal, from among experts in economic studies and good knowledge of the University system.

The Secretary General term of office is three years, and can be renewed.

The Secretary General can also serve as a member of the Board of Directors. If the Secretary is a member of the Board of Directors, the termination or expiration of his/her position as member of the Board results the termination or expiration of the office as Secretary.

The Secretary General is a full member of the Scientific Committee too, as stated in article 11.

The Secretary sees to the ordinary administration and management of the Foundation, within the powers granted to him/her by the Board of Directors. He/she has to operate according to principles of profitability and efficiency, as directed by the Board of Directors.

Specifically, the Secretary General:

a) prepares programs and determines goals to be submitted to the Chairman for approval by the Board of Directors;

b) prepares, according to the Chairman’s initiative, regulations of the Foundation to be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval;

c) fulfils the resolutions of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and reports to the Board on actions taken;

d) suggests to the Board of Directors what actions may be taken to achieve the Foundation’s objectives;

e) organizes the Foundation’s offices and activities and appoints (if needed) the Foundation’s Scientific Director; 

f)  ensures the proper and effective operation of the Scientific Committee through, if needed, the establishment of rules and guidelines subject to the approval of the Board of Directors;

g) provides the Associazione Borsisti Marco Fanno's Consiglio Direttivo and Assemblea dei Soci with all structures and organizational support necessary for the management of their activities;

h) ensures the regular updating of content related to the Associazione Borsisti Marco Fanno on the Foundation’s website.

The Secretary General, in keeping with the power and authority associated with his/her appointment, may receive specific additional proxies and sign.

 

Article 10

The Board of Auditors

The Board of Auditors is made up of three statutory auditors and two substitute auditors appointed by the Board of Directors of UniCredit SpA.

The Board of Auditors, whose term of office is three years and can be renewed, has to attend all the meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The functioning of the Board of Auditors has to follow, if applicable, all the rules from article 2404 and the Italian Civil Code.

The Board of Auditors verifies that the accounting records are correctly kept.

 

Article 11

The Scientific Committee

The Foundation’s Board of Directors appoints the Scientific Committee, which is comprised of at least five members, at least three must of whom come from the fields of academia and research and are professionally engaged in topics of interest to the Foundation.

Two members of the Scientific Committee must be selected from a short list of at least four professors provided by the Associazione Borsisti Marco Fanno’s Consiglio Direttivo.

The Secretary General is also a member of the Scientific Committee, with the specific purpose of organizing the regular functioning of the Committee itself.

The Scientific Committee appoints its own Chairman who, in case of absence or impediment, will be temporarily replaced by any other member delegated by the Chairman of the Scientific Committee.

The Secretary General may delegate some or all of these duties to the Scientific Director.

The Scientific Committee appoints its own Chairman. Should the Chairman be absent he/she will be temporarily replaced by any other member delegated by the Chairman of the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee Chairman may not serve simultaneously as either the Foundation’s Secretary General or its Scientific Director.

The term of office of members of the Scientific Committee is two years, and they may be reappointed.

The Committee – according to art. 5 – determines the merit rankings of all grants and scholarships awarded by the Board of Directors. The merit ranking results shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.

The Scientific Committee may delegate the evaluation process of individual competitions to external advisors who are experts in the relevant topic.

To be valid, the Scientific Committee’s decisions have to be adopted according to the majority of its members, who are expected to meet at least twice a year, subject to the Chairman’s invitation.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors can ask the Scientific Committee to provide support to the evaluation of the Foundation’s initiatives, limited to the mission of the Scientific Committee.

 

Article 12

Compensations

The Foundation’s Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Board of Directors members are unpaid.

The Board of Directors has to define the amount of compensation paid to the Scientific Committee members and external advisors for their participation in each Committee meeting.

The Board of Directors can define as well, if needed, the reimbursements and payments of the Scientific Committee members for all their activities related to the Foundation.

 

Article 13

Callings

Upon the Chairman’s call, the Foundation’s Board of Directors meets at least twice a year to approve the Foundation’s final statements of the previous year and evaluate the Secretary’s suggestions for the better pursuit of the Foundation’s aims.

The Board is called by the Chairman upon request of at least three of its members.

In order to change any regulations concerning the Foundation’s activity, the presence of at least four members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors is needed.

A majority vote by the Board of Directors is needed to make any decision. In case the voting is tied, the vote of the Chairman will decide the matter.

The meetings can be attended also through conference calls or video-conferences, as long as complete interactivity of all members is assured.

In matters of urgency and in individual cases, the Chairman may carry out consultations by e-mail. Any resulting decision must then be presented for formal ratification at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. This procedure may not be followed in obtaining approval for the final statements of the previous year.The Scientific Committee’s Chairman, upon the invitation of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, can attend Board’s meetings but he/she does not have the right to vote.

The Secretary attends the meetings but he/she does not have the right to vote. The Scientific Committee’s Chairman, upon invitation of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, can attend Board’s meetings but he/she does not have the right to vote.

The Secretary General has to prepare the minutes of all the Board of Directors’ meetings, which must be undersigned jointly by the Chairman and the Secretary General.

 

Article 14

Financial year and annual balance sheet approval

The Foundation’s financial year starts on January 1 and ends on December 31 of each year.

By the end of June, the Board of Directors must approve the final statements of the previous year, which must accompany the Board of Auditors report.

 

Article 15

Applicable Law

For whatever is not provided in the above Articles, the provisions from Art. 14 and following of the Italian Civil Code and the rules and regulations in force on this subject are applicable.
 

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