Full Members and Associate Members
- Full Members may be those undertakings established in Europe and lawfully providing therein electronic communications networks. These companies must own and operate a substantial investment in network infrastructure
- Other undertakings established in Europe and therein lawfully providing electronic communications services, which do not fulfil the conditions specified for Full Members above, but which identify themselves with the object of the Association and are prepared to contribute to its work, may be admitted as Associate Members. Examples are resellers or service providers without substantial infrastructure.
Only Full Members are entitled to vote on Position Papers or at the General Assembly, or be elected to the Executive Board of the Association. Associate Members may take part in the work of all Working Groups and attend the meetings of the General Assembly.
Admission as a Full or Associate Member is a General Assembly decision, taken at its fall meeting - based upon an admissibility decision by the Executive Board. Before their admission as new Member by the General Assembly in October, candidate Members may be authorised by the Executive Board to already take part in activities of the Association, without voting right, as soon as the Executive Board has considered their application as admissible.
When joining, a new Member shall engage itself to comply with the Statutes and Regulations of ETNO, will abstain from making any public opposition to any of the Positions of ETNO adopted by the Members before their adhesion and to pay its financial contributions.
Entities involved in the European telecommunications sector may be admitted by the Executive Board to become ETNO Observers. Observers may participate in part of the Association activities as defined by the Board at the moment of their admission – typically all general and open activities, being invited to the General Assembly, attendance of up to 5 working groups… as circumstances may require. Observers have no voting right and, although they may express their views, cannot influence the final content of a Position Paper.
Admission of a new Observer company is an Executive Board decision. Companies fulfilling the Full Member or Associate Member admission criteria are excluded from becoming an Observer. Typical Observers are telecommunications networks operators from outside Europe or equipment manufacturers.