Regulatory standards

Approved at the VIIIth Congress, in Valencia, on October 1, 1967 and partially modified at the IXth, in Naples, on April 22, 1973 and at the XVth, in Jaca, on September 25, 1993.

Base I. Of the Congresses

A) The History Congresses of the Crown of Aragon are made up of scholars interested in the historical themes of the countries that made up the Crown of Aragon as they meet in periodic assemblies to study the aforementioned themes.

B) These assemblies will be held, in principle, every five years, as the most advisable period of time to obtain practical results.

Base II. Of the Permanent Commission

A) There will be a Permanent Commission of the History Congresses of the Crown of Aragon as a higher body, whose mission will be to ensure the continuity of the periodic celebration of those and their scientific level, take care of the execution of the resolutions that they approve, and serve as a link between two successive congresses.

B) The headquarters of the Permanent Commission of the History Congresses of the Crown of Aragon will be the Archive of the Crown of Aragon. Such a resolution is justified given the need for the Congresses of History of the Crown of Aragon to have a place where their documentation is kept, and, on the other hand, given the character of continuity that the Congresses must have, as stated reflected in these same regulations, it is advisable that there be a place of the highest representation that facilitates the organizing work of said Congresses. Taking into account that this representative condition is met only by the Archive of the Crown of Aragon, the resolution formulated at its head is indicated.

C) The Permanent Commission will be composed of twenty-one members; namely: two representatives for each of the former countries of Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia and Mallorca; one for each of the ancient kingdoms of Navarre and Portugal; two for the ancient crowns of Castile and France; six more, two for each, for the Italian territories of Sardinia, Naples and Sicily, and, in accordance with what is stated in section B) of base II, the director of the Archive of the Crown of Aragon.

D) The components of the Permanent Commission will be appointed, except for the latter, who will be part of it as an ex-officio member, elected by Congress.

To be elected, a candidate must have participated in two successive Congresses prior to the present one or in the three alternate ones, unless there is no other candidate and he or she is designated by the Permanent Commission itself as indicated in section C) of base III.

Their mandate will be valid from one Congress to the next, and they may, however, be re-elected. The renewal of the positions will always be done on the occasion of a Congress, and, in order to better guarantee continuity in management, it will be of half of its representatives for the countries that have an even number of them, and alternately between the other groups differentiated in section C) of this base II.

E) For the election, the existing vacancies will be filled first, and then the positions that must be terminated will be renewed, which termination will fall to the most senior member of the Commission or, under equal conditions, to the the oldest.

Base III. Powers of Congress

This is, naturally, the first and main subject of the powers and decisions of the History Congresses of the Crown of Aragon. Therefore, is responsible for:

A) The election of the members of the Permanent Commission and, where appropriate, their re-election.

B) All attending congressmen will have a voice and those who have also actively participated in another Congress will have a vote.

C) The congressmen of each country or kingdom will designate by vote the members who must represent them.

In the event that the number of congressmen from an ancient kingdom is less than five, the Permanent Commission will appoint the representative of said kingdom.

Base IV. Powers of the Permanent Commission

To fulfill the purposes indicated as its own in base II, A), the Permanent Commission may:

A) Appoint from among its members those positions that it deems advisable, and may also modify these appointments, whenever circumstances so advise.

B) Constitute with some of its components an executive committee or board of the Permanent Commission, when it deems it appropriate for the effectiveness of its activities.

C) Decide on the most appropriate topics and the meeting location of the immediate Congress, for which they will have the competence and the right to contact the most suitable personalities of said place or country, transferring to the Organizing Commission of the corresponding Congress that the necessary powers will be established.