Article 1: Establishment – NAME – REGISTERED OFFICE


Association was founded under the name “PULMONARY HYPERTENSION GREECE” and in English «HELLENIC PULMONARY HYPERTENSION» and distinctive «HPH», based in the District of Drossia, Attica.



Objectives of the Association are:

I. The participation of patients with pulmonary hypertension in actions related to developing a spirit of mutual help , mutual support , solidarity and care for themselves and their families in Athens and in Greece in general.

II. Strengthening the social networking of patients with pulmonary hypertension and ensuring their quality of life by developing programs relating to the psychosocial rehabilitation of members.

III. The struggle against economic and psychological depression of patients as a risk factor of the disease, and the financial support of these patients in any manner deemed appropriate by the Board.

IV. Wider and systematic intervention to raise awareness and educate and inform the public about the prevention and early diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension.

V. The creation of the Centre for Information and Support to inform and guide patients about their rights granted to them by legislation , and the allowances they are entitled by their Insurance Funds.

VI. The cooperation of the Association with SpecialisedHospitals, Non Profit Organizations, clubs and generally with companies or individuals with common goals and objectives.

VII. In this context, the Association may seek to join the Federation or Confederation of respective patients’ unions with pulmonary hypertension and other patients’ associations, or even participate as a founding member in establishing a similar Federation or Confederation at national or European level.





1. The Association seeks to achieve its goals by any means and mainly develops activities related to:

I. The organization and execution of scientific workshops, discussions, lectures, cultural events and participation in such activities.

II The collaboration with universities, research institutes and organizations in Greece and abroad on issues related to the disease of pulmonary hypertension.

III. The creation of a Volunteer Welfare Project under the conditions laid down in Chapter B, and the articles relating to the admission of new members, their rights and obligations.

IV. The development of a homecare programme of social character as well as care programs and Home Care through the creation of “clusters of Care and Home Care” for patients with pulmonary hypertension in partnership with Local Authorities (OTA) and ministries. Volunteers – members of these groups are trained by the respective Nursing Services and Social Welfare specialized hospitals involved which use the above programs.

V. The development of professional integration and rehabilitation of patients with pulmonary hypertension, the liaison and development programs with the respective Departments of the Ministries of Health, Employment, Education and OAED professional bodies, trade unions, and any Centre, and generally legal bodies, public or private, designed to enhance mental and physical health and wellness.

VI. Create a Guest House for patients – particularly needy – and their escorts from all over Greece who are undergoing treatments in Athens.

VII. Create a Guest House as a Comforting Stage for the lonely – particularly needy – patients with Pulmonary Hypertension.


2. The present Statute also establishes the following committees responsible for implementing the objectives, targets and programs mentioned: 1) Scientific Committee, 2) Organizing Committee and 3) Commission of Public and International Relations. The heads of the committees are members of the Board. It is possible, depending on the future needs of the Association, to establish other committees through its regulations or even Committees to meet particular needs.


1) Responsibilities of the Scientific Committee are:

A. The training and participation in training of volunteers.

B. The support and assistance to patients with pulmonary hypertension, according to the each individual case as a team and also at individual level.

C. The participation of the responsible members in organizing lectures, meetings and special edition brochures for patients with Pulmonary Hypertension and the wider public.

2) Responsibilities of the Steering Committee are:

A. Organizing educational programs for Volunteer Welfare Projects.

B. The organization of lectures, gatherings, informative publications and leaflets on the health and recovery of patients.

3) Responsibilities of the Public and International Relations are:

A. The liaison and cooperation with similar organizations in Greece and abroad.

B.  The publication of a newsletter or magazine and website creation to include the activities of the Association and news of the activities of the aforementioned clubs.

C. The organization of social gatherings, meetings, excursions, receptions and any other social events deemed appropriate for strengthening the relations between States, but also for  the dissemination to the public of the objectives and the support of the Association through artistic events.

D. The organization of press conferences, establish channels of communication with the media by sending out press releases, radio interviews and promoting the work of the Association in television shows aimed at raising public awareness.

In any case all the Committees are committed to collaboration, information sharing and coordination to produce integrated projects.





1. Resources of the Association are:

a) The cost of registration of members.

b) Regular and extraordinary membership fees.

c) The proceeds of the property of the Society.

d) Income from donations, legacies or grants from celebratory or other relevant events and, generally, any legitimate income that accrues to the Association. The donations and subsidies should be named and accepted by the Board of Directors.

2. The amount of funds in sections a and b are determined by the Board. If the amount of special levy imposed exceeds by three times the annual subscription within the same year, the decision is taken by the General Assembly. Defined, until the Board decides otherwise, that the amount for signing up is zero (0) euro and the annual fee at the amount of ten (10 euros), payable within the first month of each year.







1. The members of the Association must have capacity to act. It can not be a member of the Association, a person who is denied the right to form a free partnership or association cannot be a member as well as one who, following the Authorities’ decision has been denied the relevant capacity.


2. Membership is personal and acquired from the date of registration in the Association. The members, having fulfilled their financial obligations, and having entered the Register of Members of the association, acquire the membership card of the Association.


3. The members of the Association are divided into four categories:

I. Members – Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension.

II. Members – Volunteers’ welfare project

III. Members – Friends

IV. Members – Doctors


4. Depending on the category of each member, the following conditions are  defined for registration and admission to the Association:

I. Members – all Greek citizens suffering from Pulmonary Hypertension (Primary or Secondary) can become members.

II. Members – Volunteers of welfare project are accepted regardless of nationality or religious beliefs. These Volunteers attend mandatory special training seminars organized by the Association with the guidance, supervision and participation of the Scientific Committee.

III. Members – Friends are all friends of patients with pulmonary hypertension regardless of nationality or religion.

IV. Members – Doctors are all physicians regardless of nationality or religion who wish to help.


5. To become a member of the Association, one must apply to the Board. The Board of Directors of the Association shall decide on the request of the prospective member within one (1) month of submission, after which the application is considered granted and if no decision is made, it is considered negative. In case the decision of the Board is negative, it shall be communicated immediately to the candidate with simple or registered letter or by email. The candidate, within thirty (30) days from the rejection letter or email, has the right to appeal against a negative decision. The appeal is filed with the Board, which has to introduce it for discussion at the first General Assembly, where the applicant may be present in support of his appeal. The General Assembly’s decision shall be binding for both parties until any possible annulment by the court.


6. In any case, the provision of voluntary work within the Association is unpaid work.





The members are entitled to:

I. Attend and participate in General Meetings, to express their opinion on the issues on the agenda and vote on decisions.

II Elect members of the association and be elected by them.

III Monitor, without the right to speak, meetings of the Board when they are open in accordance with Article 18 of this, read the minutes, be informed on the finances of the Association, ask for information on matters of interest, relative to its purposes, but also its support in their problems.

IV. Enjoy the benefits and all rights deriving from their membership of the Association.




Members are required:

I. To comply with the statutes and decisions of the bodies of the association.

II. Make every effort to achieve the aims of the association, pledging to carry out any task assigned to them. In particular, they are required to transmit their experience in patients with pulmonary hypertension and their families, to inform young patients with Pulmonary Hypertension about the change in their lives due to the disease and strengthen their defences in order to live happy, even with any physical damage they might or might not have suffered. They are also required to visit the hospitalised patients with pulmonary hypertension to encourage them.

III. To attend the General Assemblies, to take the floor and express their opinion on the issues under discussion.

IV. To meet their financial obligations. For the members-patients with Pulmonary Hypertension, financial obligations to the Association are optional. Therefore, for the purposes of this Statute, those members are considered financially up to date even if they have not paid any amount to the association.




Each member is entitled to withdraw from the association, upon written notice to the Board of Directors. The member must notify his resignation at least three months before the end of the accounting year and it is valid until its end.The member who is leaving has no right on the property of the association.




1. The General Assembly may decide to expel a member from the Association

for valid reasons which are listed in the Constitution and relevant legislation.

2.  The expulsion of a member is decided mainly:

A) If for one (1) year it does not fulfil its financial obligations to the Association (where such obligation is required). A member expelled for this reason by the Board of Directors, can be reinstated after payment of subscriptions due,  and is considered  never having left the registry of the Association.

B) If it is proved that a member acts against the aims of the Association, the decisions of the General Assembly and Management or obstructs the carrying out of their decisions, and generally through its attitude and behaviour, harms the prestige and reputation of the Association.

3.  The writing off is carried out following a decision by the General Assembly upon the proposal of the Board The Board is obliged to invite the member ten (10) days prior to the meeting to explain his position.

4. The General Assembly decides on the writing off or not before any other item on the agenda and after having heard the interested member. In the event of a decision to delete an absent member, the Board is required to immediately inform the member, in writing and by all appropriate means, about the decision to delete.

5. To reinstate a member who has been removed except as provided in paragraph 2 of this A, it must submit an application to the Board which will be followed by a decision of the General Assembly.







1. The management of the Association’ finances are carried out according to the income and expenditure budget prepared by the Board and approved by the General Assembly and is in force from 1 January to 31 December each year. Until the approval of the budget for the new year, receipts and payments can be made ​​based on the previous year’s budget.

2. The balance and report for each year, and the report of the Audit Committee must be submitted for approval to the General Assembly within three (3) months of the end of the financial year.

3. The financial year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of the same year, with the exception of the first use which is set for over twelve months.




The Management of the Association consists of three bodies: a) General Assembly b) the Board of Directors and c) the Audit Committee.




1. Sovereign and supreme body of the Association is the General Assembly members. It consists of the President and Secretary elected before the opening session of the Meeting of the members present, and the existing members of the Association.

2. The General Assembly decides on a case if it does not fall under the jurisdiction of another instrument, in particular:

1) it elects every three years the members of the other institutions of the Association and their substitutes.

2) It inspects the Board, the Audit Committee and at any given time absolves them or their members or revokes them for serious reasons, gross misconduct or incompetence.

3) Approves or rejects the report of the proceedings of the Society, the income and expenditure, after hearing the report of the Audit Committee and the budget of the new year.

4) Decides, in case of appeal, for membership of the Association. Decides, on the proposal of the Board, to expel a member of the Association in accordance with Article 9 hereof.

5) Amending the statute and decide on the dissolution of the Association, in accordance with Article 26 hereof.

6) Approves the Bylaws of the Association.

7) Elects a three-member Election Committee with equal number of deputies, for the election of other institutions and representatives of the Association.

8) Decides on any matter presented to it by the administration of the Association or by the 1/20 of the members and submitted by them (1/20 members) in writing to the Board fifteen (15) days before the actualization.. In this case,  it is necessarily added to the issues of the day, the issue called for by the 1/20 of the members, by issuing a notice of ten (10) days prior to the time of the General Meeting, which he announces pursuant to Article 14. A breach of this obligation is a reason for impeachment and dismissal of the members of the Board responsible, regardless of the application of Article 96 of the Civil Code.




The General Assembly is convened by the Board regularly once a year, in the first quarter and extraordinarily whenever the Board deems it necessary or when requested by written request, stating the issues for discussion, by 1/5 of the members of the Association. In the latter case the Board is required within ten (10) days of the request to convene the General Meeting. The extra General Meeting that will be convened by the Board can not be held sooner than five (5) days.




The Board is obliged to inform the members of the Association for the the  convention of the General Meeting by written notice, at least ten (10) days before the effective date. These ten days do not include the day of the notice and the date of the convention of the GM. The notification must include the items on the agenda, and the exact time and place of the General Meeting. The notification shall be made by any form of media, including email, and must be posted at the offices of the Association.




The General Assembly is in quorum when at least half (1/2) of the members of the Association which are financially up to date until the General Meeting is held. If there is no quorum, a new GM is called, not earlier than five (5) and no later than eight (8) days, at the same time and the same place. In this case the quorum requires the presence of one quarter (1/4) of the members, who have settled their financial obligations. If still there is no quorum, a new meeting is called within a period not earlier than three (3) and not later than five (5) days, and the quorum in this case requires the presence of one tenth (1/10) of the above-mentioned members. Recurrent General Meetings shall be communicated simultaneously with the notice of the first meeting with an entry in the same document – text.




1. The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by an absolute majority of the members present who are entitled to vote. Voting shall be by show of hands, unless otherwise decided by the General Assembly, however, never by acclamation. The vote referring to electoral bodies and representatives, on issues of trust in the administration, to approve reports (administrative and financial), budgets, personal issues, is always secret with a penalty of annulment.

2. Decision can be taken without the convention of Members if all members of the Association declare in writing their consent to a particular proposal.

3. The minutes of the meeting must be signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the General Assembly and delivered to the Secretary for safekeeping.




1. The Board administers and manages the Association and consists of five (5) members, not necessarily patients with pulmonary hypertension. The five-member Board consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Special Secretary and Treasurer. Three (3) deputy members are also appointed, who can participate in Board meetings if they wish, without voting rights.

2.  The mandate of the Board lasts for three years from the day of the election and ends with the election of the new Board. Board members are able to reapply after the expiry of their term.

3.  Board members are elected by the General Meeting convened for this purpose in the first fortnight of January every three years, with ballots, marking and secret voting.  Election results includee members’ votes by correspondence.

4. The member who received most of the votes calls the remaining seven (7) members elected in order of merit at a meeting within twenty (20) days from the elections. In case the consultant denies to convene the Board, then every consultant has that right,  however, to do that he is required to convene to a designated place and time all members of the Board.  The call can be proved only in writing or by the actual fact of the presence of all the consultants. During this first meeting the Board is established as a body by secret ballot.

5. Board members leaving it for any reason before the expiry of their term are replaced for the remaining period until the end of the Board’s term by the three (3) deputies in order of merit. If more than three (3) regular members of the Board leave, an extra General Meeting is called, in accordance with Article 12 of the present statute, at a period of thirty (30) days from the final withdrawal, in order to replace the vacancies of the Board through elections.

6. If a member of the Board violates the law or an Article of this Constitution or acts contrary to the purposes of the Association, it is called to apologize before the General Meeting which decides the termination of its membership or its expulsion by the absolute majority of the members present.




  1. The Board meets regularly, at least once every two (2) months following a written invitation from the President and countersigned by the Secretary, which is served to the members at least five (5) days in advance by all appropriate means, including email, and which contains the items of the agenda, place, date and hour of the meeting.
  2. It is extraordinary convened with the same written procedure at the invitation of the President, if it deems necessary, or upon written request by three (3) members of the Board, communicating in writing to the members of the topics for discussion. In quite extraordinary cases, members are invited on the same day of the meeting by any means.
  3.  The Board is at quorum if the meeting is attended by three (3) members at least.
  4. The decisions of the Board are taken by the majority vote of its present members and in case of a tie, the vote of the President prevails.
  5.  Following a decision of the President, the Board meetings are open to members of the Association which can freely express their opinion, without voting rights.




1. The Board manages the Association with responsibility and in accordance with the powers granted by law and these statutes, and its basic objective is the attainment of the objectives of the Association. To this end it convenes the Ordinary and Extraordinary General Meetings of the Association by written request pursuant to Article 14 hereof.

2. It is responsible for managing the assets of the Association, the execution of the decisions of the General Assembly, the hiring of the necessary staff, to determine their remuneration and deal with the expenses of his office, which have to be reported in the budget.

3. It is empowered to decide on the admission of new members, to amend the amount of registration fees, the regular and extraordinary contributions of members and to accept grants and donations.

4. It is empowered to appoint a lawyer or legal advisor for cases requiring legal representation of the Association.

5. Responsible and accountable for the information in all forms.

6. It is responsible for the admission, guidance, direction and tracking of the Volunteer Welfare Project of the Association.

7. It appoints members of the Association Committees of Article 3 paragraph 2 hereof.

8. It decides to represent the Association before third parties and public authorities.

9. The first Board of Directors undertakes the responsibility to draw up internal rules and put them for approval by the General Meeting to be convened solely for that purpose within six (6) months of taking office.




1. The Board members are jointly responsible for the progress of the Association. If a member of the Board expresses their dispute during a meeting and this has been recorded in the minutes, this member is not to blame for this decision. The same applies for absent members.

2. After three (3) unexcused absences of a Board member from the meetings, the member is required to explain in writing the reasons for his absence during the next meeting of the Board, who shall decide even in his absence, if there are grounds for forfeiture of office.




1. The President

The Chairman of the Board representsh the Association before any judicial, administrative or other authority in any position or transactions with any natural or legal person, unless in a particular case the Board or the General Assembly decides otherwise . Presides over and conducts meetings of the Board and GA until its Presidium is elected. It ensures the carrying out of the decisions of the Board and generally for carrying out the purposes of the Association. It establishes, with the assistance of the Secretary, the agenda and validates the secretary general , copies or extracts of the minutes of the Board and GA and is responsible for their accuracy. It convenes, along with the Secretary General the Board of Directors and the General Assembly in regular or special meetings , co-signing the agenda and call for meetings. The President may , without the involvement of the Treasurer , make receipts , payments and withdrawals from accounts of the Association and for these purposes, up to the amount of EUR 1,000.00 each time , but shall promptly inform the Treasurer of any financial transactions made ​​for the cash update of the Association. For amounts exceeding 1,000 euros, co-signature of the Treasurer is required. Generally, he presides at the events of the association.


2. Vice-President

He replaces the President when he is absent or indisposed. In these cases the powers of the Vice President are the same as those of the President.


3. The Secretary-General

He keeps the minutes of the General Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Election Committee as well as the reports of the Audit Committee. He manages the departmental work, keeps the file with the seal of the association, reads the correspondence and records of the association and co-signs with the President, what is mentioned in paragraph 1 of this section.


4. The Special Secretary

The Special Secretary replaces the Secretary-General in all his duties and obligations in the event of absence or incapacity. He also assists the Secretary in the preparation of the minutes of the Board’s meetings and the General Meetings and handles all matters entrusted to him by the Secretary General so that he can carry out his duties.


5. The Treasurer

1. Has concurrent jurisdiction with the President, concerning the receipts for the association (contributions, etc.), which he carries out only with his signature. tou. He co-signs any other transaction made ​​by the President, if it exceeds the amount of EUR 1,000.00. He may also make payments and withdrawals from the accounts of the Association, upon authorization by the President.

2. He keeps the Fund of the Association and deposits into a Greek bank in the name of the Association any amount that exceeds EUR 1,000.00. The amount may be adjusted following a decision by the Board.

3. He keeps the records required by law and the Constitution and is jointly responsible with the President for the financial situation of the Association.

4. He submits to the Board each year the costs, revenues and reports on the management of the Society’s property. Along with the President,  he creates a balance sheet, which, after approval by the Board, submits together with the report of the Audit Committee, to the GM for approval and release of the members of the Board from all liability.

5. If the Treasurer is absent or indisposed, the President is replaced by one of the Directors appointed by the Board.




1. The Audit Committee consists of three members, with an equal number of deputies for a term of three (3 ) years . At its first meeting it shall elect its President, who manages the proceedings.

2.  The responsibility of the Audit Committee is to check the Board’s operations relating to the financial management and generally to review the economic situation of the society. The control is affected upon request or by the Committee’s rules whenever required and definitely by the end of the year. In order to perform this task, the Committee has the right to examine the documents and records of the Association and request to see the contents of the Cash register. The Board is obliged to provide all the facilities for the successful completion of the task.

3. Each year, the Audit Committee undertakes the task to submit to the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Society a detailed report on the management of its property by the Board in the past year. It is obliged to do the same with any other General Meeting at the request of the Board, or the number of members who ask for the convention of an extra General Meeting. The report shall be signed by the members of the Audit Committee and recorded in the minute’s book kept.








1. The elections for the bodies of the Association’s institutions are held every three (3) years by secret ballot and vote. The elections are performed with the system of proportional representation if there are several combinations, otherwise  ​​by majority vote.

2. Those wishing to elect members of the Board or the Audit Committee shall submit an application to the Board within a period determined by the Board in its decreet announcing the election, provided they have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Association.

3. The names of the candidates, in alphabetical order and separately for the Board and the Audit Committee shall be communicated promptly to the members and are registered in the same or different ballots at the discretion of the Board.

4. The members of the Association elect members by secret ballot, posting to the left of their names-with a cross- the names of their preference, five (5) for the Board of Directors and three (3) for the Audit Committee at the most.

5. Those who have gotten more votes are elected according to their turn. Five (5) of these constitute the Board of Directors and the next three (3) the deputy members,  also the first three (3) of the table of the Audit Committee are ordinary members and the next three (3) are deputies.

6. In case of a tie, the person elected is designated by lottery among those who had the same votes.




1. The elections are conducted under the responsibility of the Election Commission.

2. The Election Committee consists of three (3) members with an equal number of deputies and the election is conducted by the General Assembly with secret ballot. The Election Commission is responsible for the lawful proceedings of the election, in accordance with the terms of the Statute. The Board is obliged to promptly supply the Supervisory Board with the necessary materials for the elections (stamp, register, cash book, etc.).




1. The elections take place in the offices of the Association at the designated time on presentation of each member’s identity.

2. Ten (10) days before the elections the Board must send to the members of the Association who reside in the province, ballots and envelopes on which (envelope) he puts the seal of the Association. The seal is put on the back and top left of the envelope.

3. The members of the Association who reside in the province can vote either by plain mail or by registered mail or by courier, addressing the envelope to the Chairman of the Election Commission. The folder should contain:

a) a photocopy of the identity card of the sender – member of the Association.

B. The envelope sent in accordance with paragraph 2 of this article, in which the voter has put the ballot of his preference, always closed.

This letter must be received no later than the day of the election and before the end of it.






The General Meeting decides about the amending of  the statute and the dissolution of the Association with a quorum of two-thirds (2/3) of registered and financially up todate members, and a majority of three quarters (3/4) of those present. The Association is dissolved automatically when its members have been reduced to under ten (10). In the event of dissolution, the assets of the Association become property of the Department of Pulmonary Hypertension of the Onassis Hospital of Attica exclusively for the needy patients.







The Association shall keep the following books:

a) A register of members

b) A book of General Meetings’ minutes

c) General Meetings Proceedings Book

D. Audit Committee Proceedings Book

E. Cash Register Book

F. Protocol of documents (incoming – outgoing)

G. Block of duplicate receipts

All items shall be numbered, sealed and stamped by the President and Secretary of the Association.




1. The Association may, following a decision by the Board of Directors, determine the badge.. Any further change can be done by amending the Statute.

2. The seal of the Association is round and bears in the centre the silhouette of the association and in the perimeter in block letters the name of the Association. The stamp is also available in English.




The Association celebrates on May 5th, International Day of pulmonary hypertension, when it organizes its annual event.




This statute, containing thirty (30) articles,  was discussed and voted for each article and in its entirety and approved as it is by the following founding members today January 30, 2013 Drosia, Attica,  Dervenakion Str. No. 11b, and signed by them.