Code of Conduct

The Association under the name “HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS” (HAEE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, research organization, dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of knowledge, information & experience among energy industry experts, academic, government and other professionals interested in energy economics.

According to the statute the Association aims to promote issues relevant to Energy Economics and the Environment in Greece, including but not limited:

(a) collaboration between residents and abroad experts in theoretical processing, development and promotion of Energy Economics and Environment, the theoretical and practical training of persons in the application of scientific actions, practices and conclusions in reference to Energy Economics and the Environment, as well as the implementation of actions due to scientific conclusions  in order to improve legislation and practices of Energy Economics and Environment.

(b) communication and collaboration with other Associations concerning Energy Economics and Environment and participation in international Associations with the same purposes.

(c) study and promotion of problems and current and constructive proposals concerning Energy Economics and Environment.

(d) contact, collaboration and intervention to resident and abroad, public or private bοdies to promote actions.

(e) creation of an electronic archive, library etc concerning issues in the Association’ s area of interest.

(f) members’ participation in any action to promote the Association’s purposes.

The Association implements its purposes:

(i) events, lectures, conventions, electronic events, conferences, round tables, studies, publications, screenings, etc

(ii) working and study groups for specific aspects of Energy Economics and Environment or similar scientific fields.

(iii) planning, implementation and participation in research projects and associations in national, regional and international level and providing consulting services.

(iv) studies and researches.

(v) planning and implementing seminars and educational programs aiming to educate and inform professionals and policy formulation in Energy and Environment entities.

(vi) organizing events concerning teambuilding amongst members and interested parties and their entertainment.

(vii) newsletter and other papers concerning the Association’s actions and interests.

(viii) invitation of tender amongst scientists to study Energy Economics and Environment.

(ix) providing scholarships to students or university graduates.

(x) creating a website for members of the Association to communicate with each other and the Association to communicate with other Associations,

(xi) establishing a common room and any other means necessary to achieve its goals.


The HAEE Code of Conduct

This HAEE Code of Conduct outlines principles for all members to adhere to and uphold as well as specific types of conduct that are either required or prohibited.  Violations of the HAEE Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action.  The HAEE calls upon its members to follow high ethical standards relating to integrity and respect for the rights, dignity, and diversity of others.

Although this Code of Conduct provides standards of conduct for many situations, it does not cover all possible situations that may arise.  Accordingly, all members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit and letter of this Code of Conduct and to avoid even the appearance of improper behavior. 

The HAEE is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and as such adheres to the latter’s Code of Conduct.


Core Values and Principles

The following section provides examples of both acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  


Members must uphold intellectual honesty.  Plagiarism, in any form, is unacceptable and is a breach of professional conduct.  

 Obligations to Respect Law and Privacy

Members must respect the rights of others and agree not to upload, post, e-mail, transmit, or otherwise make available any content that (i) infringes any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights of any person or entity; (ii) is threatening, tortious, defamatory, libelous, indecent, obscene, pornographic, invasive of another’s privacy, or promotes violence; or (iii) discloses any personal information about another person, including that person’s name, e-mail address, postal address, phone number, credit card information, or any similar information, without the prior written consent of the person whose personal information will be disclosed.

Respect for the rights, dignity, and diversity of others

HAEE members are expected to refrain from verbally or electronically harassing, threatening, or abusing any person, other member or HAEE staff.  Additionally, members shall take care to not falsely demean the reputation or unjustly or unfairly criticize the work or character of other members.

HAEE promotes environments that value respect, fairness and integrity.  Disruptive behavior at association functions or events, such as creating noise or other disturbances to intentionally unsettle participants, will not be tolerated.  While substantive dialogue, including potential disagreements, concerning the analysis and conclusions of the work of other members relevant to energy economics is not only tolerated but encouraged, members must strictly avoid letting such dialogue or disagreements become personally critical or disparaging.  All members deserve to be treated professionally and respectfully by other members, regardless of their views on contested or controversial matters.

Intellectual property 

Members may not use HAEE logos, copyrighted HAEE materials, or the membership list in any way that suggests the Association endorses products, positions, or events without formal authorization from the Executive Director. The member list may not be used to collect contact information for bulk postal mail or bulk email purposes, whether commercial, political, or otherwise, to solicit money or property, or for any commercial purpose other than to promote conferences or to disseminate papers and articles that might be published in Association’s journals.   If permission to use such material is desired, it must be sought from the copyright owner.

Nonpartisanship and Impartiality

HAEE is a non-partisan, independent, apolitical association of professionals whose work is vital for the understanding of the economic context of public policy issues related to energy, and members are encouraged to make clear the political implications of their work. However, the Association takes no positions on political issues and never endorses political positions or candidates.  Therefore, members shall not claim that the Association either supports or opposes any public policy position, or takes other actions that could create the appearance that the Association has endorsed or validated any political position, nor attribute a political position to the Association based on the work of other members or authors in HAEE publications and conferences.


Reporting Code of Conduct Violations

Any allegation of member misconduct in violation of this Code of Conduct shall be directed to the HAEE Executive Director. Upon receipt of the allegation, the Executive Director with the Internal Auditor shall review the complaint and if they determine the complaint has merit, they shall forward the complaint to the Board for further review and action.

After collecting and examining the findings and if deemed necessary testimony, the Board shall vote to determine if the Member has violated the Code of Conduct. In the event the majority of the Board members find that a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred, the Committee shall make a recommendation on the action to be taken, subject to a separate majority vote, from among the range of actions authorized below.

The Executive Director and the Internal Auditor shall write within 3 weeks a report addressed to the Board, the member against whom the complaint was filed, and the complainant, detailing the findings and the recommended by the Executive Director and Internal Auditor action. The accused member may provide a written response to the findings and recommendation of the Committee, which must be provided to the Board at least two (2) weeks prior to its next meeting. Upon request of the accused member at least two (2) weeks prior to the next meeting of the Council, the accused member shall be given an opportunity to be heard by the Council at that meeting.

The Board shall review the report and the findings, hear any testimony offered by the accused member, and vote on the action to apply to the IAEE member against whom the complaint was filed. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the entire Board shall be required to take action. The Board is under no obligation to accept the recommendation of the Executive Director and Internal Auditor but may impose a lesser or greater action at its discretion.   

The Board shall then provide written notice to the member against whom the complaint was filed and to the complainant detailing what action, if any, is to be taken by the Board in response to the complaint.

The Board, shall have the sole authority to levy actions imposed herein for violation of this Code of Conduct.  The member agrees not to appeal any decision to any court of law or other party.  Nothing herein shall be construed as limiting any party’s rights to seek a judicial remedy for any claim or damages such person may have against a member in that member’s individual capacity, but seeking or renewing membership in the HAEE constitutes that individual’s formal agreement to abide by this Code of Conduct, to accept as final any determination reached by the Board and to waive any right to bring legal action for claims or damages against the HAEE or any person acting for the HAEE in his or her capacity as an officer, Council member, person in another recognized role, in the enforcement of this Code of Conduct.


Actions relating to Violations

Violations of the Association’s Code of Conduct may subject a member to written reprimand, suspension of membership for up to 1 year, or expulsion from the Association.  The Association reserves the right to seek legal remedies from members responsible for violations that have caused demonstrable damages or financial losses to the Association.  

Conditions for readmission following expulsion, if any, will be stated in the notice of expulsion.  


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