Bylaws

Bylaws of the Petroleum Platform Association

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Name and Principal Office of the Association

Article 1: The name of the association shall be "Petroleum Platform Association", commonly known as PETFORM and shall be referred to as "the Association" throughout the following articles of this Bylaws ("Bylaws"). The principal office of the Association is located in Ankara. Branch offices of the Association will not be opened.

 

Purpose of the Association

Article 2: The purpose of the Association is to contribute to the formation of the structure that provides for the long term healthy development of companies active in petroleum and natural gas sectors and related areas, to carry out research and development services in their area of activity and to establish public opinion on the same, in accordance with the economic principles provided by the Turkish Constitution and legislation regarding concessions and privatization taking into consideration the energy policies, scientific and technical requirements and international agreements.

 

Scope of Activity of the Association Article

Article 3: The Association may carry out the following, in order to achieve its purposes stated above, each to be undertaken in accordance with all applicable laws binding on each member:

  1. To provide a forum where all the scientists, professionals and businessmen active in petroleum and natural gas sectors and related areas can discuss government policies, legal legislations, regulations and developments affecting these fields.
  2. To act as a focal point to encourage open communication in each of these areas and on common issues affecting each other.
  3. To perform technical, social and cultural activities, using legal and scientific methods and procedures, including activities to shape the public opinion.
  4. To coordinate efforts for the practical implementation of the relevant provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty ratified into law by the Turkish Parliament.
  5. To organize, or attend national and international conferences, exhibitions and fairs.
  6. To share expertise and learn from best practices through conferences, meetings and publications with the aim of raising standards in a range of safety and operational practices including environmental and technical activities, and to facilitate transfer of non-proprietary information, knowledge and technology among the members within the confines of applicable law.
  7. To emphasize the importance of the private enterprise for national economy and social infrastructure in accordance with energy policies and related legislation and to encourage private enterprise to fulfill its responsibilities towards the development of the country in accordance with national interests.
  8. To poll public opinion, to arrange questionnaires and to support the arrangement of questionnaires with a view to surveying the general knowledge and tendency of the public regarding the petroleum and natural gas sector.
  9. To conduct, commission, support and coordinate scientific research on matters related to the petroleum and natural gas sector and to transfer the results of such research to the public through meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia and through publications such as books, brochures, etc.
  10. To sponsor such activities when necessary.
  11. To publish periodicals in order to publicize the research and activities of the Association and the opinions and views of individuals who are not members but wish to contribute to achieving the purposes of the Association and its members.
  12. To cooperate, directly or through affiliated institutions to be established, with the local and foreign, private and public institutions, chambers of commerce and industry, stock exchanges, professional associations, foundations, unions and similar establishments, which exist or will be established.
  13. To support research and development activities, to support cooperation among members and research institutions, and to be represented in these institutions.
  14. To encourage high technology and to support education and training in order to provide qualified human resources that are required in line with international petroleum and natural gas sector standards.
  15. To interview scientists, industrialists and businessmen and transfer these views to official authorities when required, to contact such authorities and work towards the provision of protection and incentives for the development of petroleum and natural gas sector.
  16. To cooperate with persons, institutions, committees, foundations and associations that operates in compliance with the purpose, scope and activities of the Association.

Executive bodies of the Association, officers and its member companies comply with all applicable antitrust laws within the framework of all their activities of the Association; and shall not therein engage in anticompetitive conduct or practice. The Association will apply the Antitrust Statement (“Statement”) and Antitrust Compliance Guidelines (“Guidelines”). Executive bodies of the Association, officers and its member companies are obliged to know the Statement and the Guidelines and to obey them in all activities of the Association. In case of violation of the Statement, the Guidelines or applicable antitrust laws, the Association will take action in accordance with Article 9 of the bylaws.

 

Founders of the Association

Article 4: The names, surnames, birth places and dates, residences and nationalities of the founders are listed on the last page of the BYLAWS.

 

Prohibited Activities

Article 5:The Association can not perform any of the prohibited activities stated in the relating provisions of the Associations Law. It is prohibited to perform any political activities and to make propaganda in favor of any political party.

The Association and the members shall comply and cause the other members comply with relating provisions of the Law referred to above and shall take all necessary measures for that purpose.

 

II. ANTI-TRUST LAW COMPLIANCE

Executive bodies of the Association, officers and its member companies comply with all applicable antitrust laws within the framework of all their activities of the Association; and shall not therein engage in anticompetitive conduct or practice. The Association will apply the Antitrust Statement ("Statement") and Antitrust Compliance Guidelines ("Guidelines"). Executive bodies of the Association, officers and its member companies are obliged to know the Statement and the Guidelines and to obey them in all activities of the Association. In case of violation of the Statement, the Guidelines or applicable antitrust laws, the Association will take action in accordance with Article 9 of the bylaws.

 

III. MEMBERSHIP PROVISIONS

Membership

Article 6: State-owned or private companies, which are eligible to be a member in accordance with the Associations Law and active in petroleum and natural gas sector and related areas in accordance with effective legal regulations may apply for membership. Real persons who are meeting the requirements stipulated in the Associations Law can only be accepted as Honorary Members by the authorized body.

 

Membership Classifications

Article 7: The membership classifications of the Association are as follows:

  • Principal Members: They are the persons who have made a regular membership application to the Association and are accepted for membership by the authorized organ in accordance with the provisions mentioned in the Article 6 above.
  • Honorary Members: Honorary membership may be granted by the decision of the Board of Directors to the persons who have worked to realize the purposes of the Association in material, immaterial and scientific ways. The Honorary Members may attend the Meetings of the General Assembly if they desire so. But they are not entitled for voting nor being elected for the organs of the Association.

 

Admission for Membership

Article 8: The application for Principal Membership shall be made by filling and signing the Membership Application Form prepared by the Association. In addition to the Membership Application Form, the Power of Attorney, the Signature Decleration of the Representative and the Commercial Registration Certificate must also be submitted to the Association. The Board of Directors shall resolve the applications for membership made in accordance with the conditions referred to in the Bylaws within maximum thirty (30) days and notify the applicant of the result in a written form.

The rejected applicant may object this decision with a petition submitted to the Board of Directors. Such objection shall be reviewed and resolved at the first Meeting of the General Assembly.

 

Termination of Membership

Article 9: The membership terminates by liquidation, resignation or the decision of the Board of Directors. The completion of the Power of Attorney of the representative of member legal person does not mean resignation from membership.

Resignation: Any member may resign at any time from membership by submitting a written resignation to the Board of Directors.

Upon the Decision of the Board of Directors: The Board of Directors shall be entitled to terminate the membership of any member who fails to possess its eligibility for membership or acts contrary to the Bylaws and purposes of the Association or to the decisions of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors.

Any member, who fails unreasonably to meet its obligations relating to the payment of dues in a timely manner as stipulated in the Bylaws, shall be sent a written notification. If such member does not effect such payment within thirty days following the receipt of such notification, its membership shall be terminated by the decision of the Board of Directors and it shall be informed in writing.

Members whose memberships are terminated by the decision of the Board of Directors may submit their objection to such decision, in which case such decision shall be reviewed at the next Meeting of the General Assembly following the notification. In case of objection, the membership obligations of such member continue. All objections must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors. The decision on termination of membership becomes final if the objection is not submitted.

No person whose membership has been terminated due to a reason referred to in this Article may claim any rights on any property of the Association.

 

Membership Rights

Article 10: No person can be forced to be a member or to continue being a member of the Association. Without prejudice to the limitations on the voting rights of the Honorary Members, all members have equal rights. Each Principal Member is entitled to cast one (1) vote in the meetings of the General Assembly.

 

 

IV. BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION

Duties and Powers of the General Assembly

Article 11: Following matters are discussed and resolved by the General Assembly:

  • Election of the bodies of the Association
  • Amendments to the Bylaws of the Association
  • Reviewing the activity reports of the bodies elected by the General Assembly, discussing the reports of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, approving these reports by making the necessary changes and releasing these committees from their liabilities and obligations.
  • Provision of power of attorneys for filing lawsuits.
  • Discussion and approval of the budget.
  • Determining the admission fee and the annual fees.
  • Establishing commissions with a view to arranging the activities of the Association.
  • Performing other functions stipulated in the legislation.
  • Dissolution of the Association.

 

General Assembly

Article 12: General Assembly consists of all Principal Members and is the highest authorized organ of the Association. General Assembly meets regularly each year in January on the date announced by Board of Directors.

 

Call for Meetings

Article 13: The Board of Directors shall prepare the list of the members entitled to attend the General Assembly in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association. Members attending to the General Assembly are to be invited to the meeting at least 15 days before the meeting day by way of informing the date, hour, place and agenda in writing. On this notice, in case there is no majority at the first meeting, the date and hour of the second meeting is informed. The period between the first and the second meeting can be at least a week or at most 60 days.
When the meeting is adjourned due to any problem other than the lack of majority, the Board of Directors informs the members attending to the General Assembly about reasons of adjournment. The second meeting is held in six months at the latest following the adjournment date. Members are invited to second meeting in accordance with the principles noted in this article. Meeting of General Assembly should not be adjourned for more than once.

 

Extraordinary Meeting of the General Assembly

Article 14: An extraordinary meeting will be held when there is an urgent situation that can not be delayed till the regular meeting of the General Assembly or when an important case which needs to be discussed without delay arises. Such meeting may be called by the Board of Directors within one month following a written and signed application of 1/5 of total members of the Association or a decision taken by absolute majority of votes of the Board of Directors or a decision taken by absolute majority of the Audit Committee with respect to the accounts and transactions of the Association or the budget thereof.

 

The Place of the Meeting

Article 15: The meetings of the General Assembly shall be held at the place where Board of Directors decides.

 

Agenda and Quorum for the Meeting

Article 16: Only the subjects stipulated in the agenda shall be discussed at the General Assembly. However, on General Assembly meetings, any subject which is brought forward for discussion by at least 1/10 of the present members must be added to the agenda.

General Assembly gathers with the participation of the absolute majority of the members having right to attend, in case of bylaws amendment and annulment of the association with the two thirds of the members. In case the meeting is delayed due to the lack of majority, no condition of majority is required on the second meeting. But the number of the attendants on this meeting should not be less than the two times of the whole number of the Principal Members of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee.

 

The Meeting Procedures

Article 17: The members, who will attend the meeting, have to sign the space across their names in the list prepared by the Board of Directors as they enter in the meeting hall. The Chairman of the Board of Directors or one of the members of the Board of Directors designated by him/her opens the meeting of General Assembly.
The roll call is performed to determine the presence of quorum for the meeting. Upon determining the presence of quorum for the meeting, the Assembly Board, which consists of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and a Clerk, are elected among the members.
The Chairman of the Assembly Board chairs the meeting. The Clerk of the Assembly Board prepare, sign and have the Chairman sign the minutes of the meeting. At the end of the meeting all the records and the documents shall be signed by the Chairmanship Council and delivered to the Board of the Directors.
Quorum for taking decisions in the General Assembly is the absolute majority of the members attending to the meeting. Meetings on which amendment of legislation is done and annulment of the Association is decided quorum for taking decision is two thirds majority of the attendants.
Within thirty days following the election implemented by the General Assembly, the names, surnames, birth places and dates, father names, professions and residences of principal and alternate members elected to the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, shall be delivered in a written form to the most senior administrative officer of the place by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

Duties and Powers of the General Assembly

Article 18: Following matters are discussed and resolved by the General Assembly:

  • Election of the organs of the Association
  • Amendments to the Bylaws of the Association
  • Reviewing the activity reports of the bodies elected by the General Assembly, discussing the reports of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, approving these reports by making the necessary changes and releasing these committees from their liabilities and obligations.
  • Provision of power of attorneys for filing lawsuits.
  • Discussion and approval of the budget.
  • Determining the admission fee and the annual fees.
  • Authorizing the Board of Directors to buy necessary movable or immovable properties, to accept or lift mortgages or otherwise dispose of any movable or immovable assets in compliance with the general aims of the Association.
  • Establishing commissions with a view to arranging the activities of the Association.
  • Performing other functions stipulated in the legislation.
  • Dissolution of the Association.

Executive Committee

Article 19: The Board of Directors is the execution and representation organ of the Association; it conducts this duty in accordance with the laws and bylaws of the association. The Board of Directors comprises of seven principal and five alternate members elected by general Assembly by secret votes.
The members of the Board of Directors are elected for one year. The Board of Directors elects a Chairman and a Deputy Chairman from among itself.

 

Duties and Powers of the Executive Committee

Article 20: The duties and powers of the Executive Committee are as follows:

  • To implement the provisions of the Bylaws and the resolutions of the General Assembly.
  • To represent the Association or to designate one or more members to represent the Association.
  • To implement the budget, to prepare new budget and present it to the General Assembly.
  • To employ the personnel of the Secretariat or other necessary personnel within the context of the Labor Law and other related legislation.
  • With the authorization taken from the General Assembly, to realize any sale and purchase activity when required.
  • To organize regular and extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly.
  • To establish commissions and committees in the necessary fields and to quit them.
  • To perform other activities as determined by the legislation.

In the event that a Secretariat or other necessary organs are established for carrying out the activities of the Association, the powers and responsibilities of the General Assembly or the Audit Committee can not be assigned to these organs.

 

Meetings of the Executive Committee

Article 21: The Board of Directors meets once in a month and if necessary, may hold extraordinary meetings without any limitation upon the written request of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and three members.

The Board of Directors meets upon call of, and with the agenda prepared by, the Chairman of the Association. However, items proposed by two members in writing shall be added to the agenda. The quorum for the Board of Directors meetings is the simple majority of the members. The decisions are taken by the simple majority of the members present.

 

Alternate Members

Article 22: A member of the Executive Committee retiring therefrom for any reason, shall be replaced with an alternate member with the highest number of votes. A member unreasonably absent at two consequtive meetings or at four meetings totally in a year shall be deemed as resigned from the membership of the Executive Committee.

 

Audit Committee

Article 23: The Audit Committee is formed by three principal and three alternate members elected by the General Assembly. The Audit Committee conducts its auditing duty by gathering at least once a year and the results of the auditing are presented to the Board of Directors and General Assembly as a report. The Audit Committee makes the decisions with absolute majority. The Audit Committee conducts the required auditing operations on demand of the Board of Directors.

 

Secretariat

Article 24: Secretariat consists of a Secretary General and a sufficient number of professional staff, all appointed by the Executive Committee. The salaries and working conditions of the secretariat personnel are determined by the Executive Committee.
The Secretariat shall regularly report to the Executive Committee and shall perform the activities of the Association in accordance with the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.
Secretary General will attend the regular meetings of the Executive Committee except the meetings in which the status of the Secretary General is discussed. However the Secretary General will not have a right to vote in any Executive Committee meeting.

 

 

V. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

Term of Activity and Budget

Article 25: Term of activity starts on 1st January and ends on 31st December.
The expenditures to be incurred within the period between 1st January when the budget comes into effect and the date of its approval by the General Assembly shall be made in accordance with a temporary budget to be prepared considering the expenditures of the past year.

 

Income of the Association

Article 26: The items of income of the Association are as follows:

  • Admission Fee: A fee determined by the General Assembly for each budget term to be taken only once from the members who are accepted for membership. The admission fee shall be paid in whole during admission to the membership and in any case, not later than the fifteenth (15.) day following the approval of the membership application by the Executive Committee.
  • Annual Fee: An annual membership fee determined by the General Assembly for each budget term to be paid by the members during the term of their membership. The members shall pay their annual fees before the end of the month of January and in a single installment. In the event of a mid-year admission to membership, the membership fee calculated on a pro rata basis for the full months of that year remaining after the month in which the membership application has been approved by the Executive Committee shall be paid in a single installment and before the end of the month in which the membership has been approved.
  • Income from Association's property.
  • Donations from several real and legal persons.
  • Income from social activities, scientific studies, projects and publications.
  • Aid, in cash or in kind, as envisaged in the Turkish legislation and other income.

Code on Collection of Donations numbered 2860 shall apply in the event the Association collects donations through official receipts, opening bank accounts, publishing special stamps, arranging lotteries or organizing cultural and sports events or trips and other entertainments.

 

Procedures for Income and Expenditures

Article 27: The income of the Association is collected with Official Receipts. The identity of the grantor or person who pays dues is written on the Official Receipt and his signature is taken. Officers collecting the grants, dues and aid are determined with the decision of the Board of Directors, it is registered to the most senior administrative office of the place and certificate of authorization is issued for them.
In case the income of the association is collected through banks, documents like extract of the account and the account of the abstract are considered as the Official Receipt. Official Receipt to be used in collecting of the income of the association is issued with the decision of the Board of Directors.
On spendings related to the expenses, invoice or voucher is to be taken. In case these documents are not taken the document of spending is issued and retail sales voucher is added to this document. The retention period for the Official Receipt and Spending Documents are five years.

 

Register and Other Documents

Article 28: The Association keeps registers and records as required by the Associations Law. The Board of Directors is responsible for keeping the registers and records properly as required by the legislation and for preserving them for a period of 10 (ten) years.

 

 

VI. DISSOLUTION PROVISIONS

Dissolution of the Association

Article 29: General Assembly may exclusively decide to dissolve the Association. In order to take a decision regarding dissolution, at least 2/3 of the members must be present at the General Assembly meeting. If this majority could not be reached in the first meeting, members shall be invited to a second meeting. The dissolution matters can be discussed in the second meeting regardless of the number of members present. Dissolution decision must be taken by the vote of at least 2/3 of the attending members. Such decision of dissolution of the Association shall be notified in writing to the most senior administrative officer of the place within five days following the decision.
In case a decision for the dissolution of the Association is made, the General Assembly shall appoint three persons to form a Dissolution Committee. At the same meeting, the General Assembly shall also decide to where the assets of the Association shall be transferred. Quorum for such a decision is 2/3 of the members present.

 

 

VII. OTHER PROVISIONS

Amendment of the Bylaws

Article 30: The General Assembly has the authority to decide for amending the Bylaws. Bylaws can be amended provided that the subject is in the agenda of a regular or extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly and further provided that the proposal for amendment is announced to members in writing at least fifteen days before the meeting. The decision for amendment can be taken by 2/3 of the present members. Amendments become effective as of the time of their approval by the General Assembly. Following the meeting, members are notified on the amendments in the Bylaws in written.

 

Absence of Provisions

Article 31: In case of absence of any provision in the Bylaws, the Associations Law shall be applied; in case of absence of any provision in the Associations Law, the Turkish Civil Law shall be applied.

 

Effectiveness

Article 32: This Bylaw shall become effective as of the date of its approval by the General Assembly of the Founders.

 

Founders

Article 33: The names, surnames, birth places and dates, residences and nationalities of the founders are given below:

 

Founders
Name-Surname Date and Place of Birth Residence Nationality Occupation
Murat Yazıcı 25.07.1949-Ankara İran Cad. No: 25/3
GOP-Ankara
T.C. Attorney
Mehmet Ali Ak 04.07.1953-İstanbul Atatepe Sitesi B-2 Blok D: 25
Söğütözü-Ankara
T.C. Geophysics Engineer
Aziz Karaman 01.05.1951-Polatlı Mesa Koru Sitesi Kestane Sok.
No: 5/A Ankara
T.C. M.Sc
Oyman Sayer 13.01.1939-Ankara Ahmet Nihat Asya Sok. No: 2
Oran-Ankara
T.C. Manager
Mehmet Ayan 1929-İzmir Kumkapı Sok. No: 26/9
GOP-Ankara
T.C. Prof.Dr.
Geology Engineer
Cem Sayer 15.08.1967-İstanbul Angora Evleri, Çamlıca Cad. No: 1
Ankara
T.C. Economist
Sybe Visser 11.05.1947-Rotterdam Ziyaürrahman Cad. No: 27/6
GOP-Ankara
Hollanda Attorney
Yaşar Giregiz 20.01.1961-Aydın Birlik Mah. 21.Sokak No: 7
Çankaya-Ankara
T.C. Mechanical Engineer