Legal and Foundational


The EACL Constitution was ratified by the the Chapter membership on 19 June 2001, and approved by the ACL Executive Committee on 8 July 2001.


The EACL Foundation was established on 29 October 2003, with the official seat in Groningen, The Netherlands. The official title of the foundation is "Stichting European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics", or "Stichting EACL" for short. The motivation for the foundation is to create a "European legal person" in order to allow EACL to apply for grants to European funding bodies.

Important points in the Foundation Statutes are:

  • The foundation board consists of the three primary officers of the EACL, ex officio, the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • The EACL Advisory Board is an advisory committee to the foundation board.
  • The foundation board must hold an annual meeting, not later than 6 months after the end of the financial year (which coincides with the calendar year). Board meetings will be held in conjunction with Chapter scientific meetings.
  • Before July 1 every year the foundation board must compile and all sign a written financial statement covering the previous year, accompanied by a report on the activities performed.
The EACL Board is very grateful to John Nerbonne for the work he has done towards creating the foundation.