(1) The European Patent Office shall be directed by the President who shall be responsible for its activities to the Administrative Council.
(2) To this end, the President shall have in particular the following functions and powers:
(a) he shall take all necessary steps, including the adoption of internal administrative instructions and the publication of guidance for the public, to ensure the functioning of the European Patent Office;
(b) in so far as this Convention contains no provisions in this respect, he shall prescribe which transactions are to be carried out at the European Patent Office at Munich and its branch at The Hague respectively;
(c) he may place before the Administrative Council any proposal for amending this Convention and any proposal for general regulations or decisions which come within the competence of the Administrative Council;
(d) he shall prepare and implement the budget and any amending or supplementary budget;
(e) he shall submit a management report to the Administrative Council each year;
(f) he shall exercise supervisory authority over the personnel;
(g) subject to the provisions of Article 11, he shall appoint and promote the employees;
(h) he shall exercise disciplinary authority over the employees other than those referred to in Article 11, and may propose disciplinary action to the Administrative Council with regard to employees referred to in Article 11, paragraphs 2 and 3;
(i) he may delegate his functions and powers.
(3)7 The President shall be assisted by a number of Vice-Presidents. If the President is absent or indisposed, one of the Vice-Presidents shall take his place in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Administrative Council.
7 See the decision of the Administrative Council of 06.07.1978 on substitution for the President of the EPO (OJ EPO 1978, 326).
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