Statutes

The statutes of Europa Terra Nostra

§ 1 Name, head office

(1) The name of the association is “Europa Terra Nostra”. This name is to be entered in the register of associations and will then have the letters “e.v” (meaning “registered association”) added to it to show that this is  the case. 

(2) The head office of the association is in Berlin.

§ 2 Principles, goal and purpose of the association

(1) The association is committed to the principles of the European Union. These are freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and basic freedoms and the rule of law.

(2)      The association sees itself as a political foundation at European level within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No. 2004/2003 and in accordance with a subsequent statutory regulation, and has links with the European party Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF).

(3)      The goal and purpose of the party is to facilitate and promote civic education in the areas of:

           – democracy and the economy

           – human rights, culture and social issues

           – international relations

(4)    The educational work is based on fundamental national and international views on education and is guided by the values of western culture.

(5) The purpose of the educational work is the further development of Europe and the international community of nations in accordance with democratic, libertarian and social principles.

(6) People should be enabled:

– to recognise local, national and global processes and the connections between them

– to think in a historical and constructive manner

– to act freely and in solidarity

– to jointly shape society and communities in a politically active way.

(7) The purpose of the association and its goals are to be achieved through a comprehensive and generally accessible educational offer which takes into consideration the broad range of people’s opinions.

The forms of education are meetings, seminars, conferences, publications, studies, research, talks, excursions and video productions. Cooperation is desirable with initiatives, groups, other associations and educational and research institutions with goals and principles similar to those of the association.

§ 3 Non-profit status

(1) The association is a non-profit-making body; its main purpose is not to pursue its own business objectives.

(2) The association’s funds may only be used for purposes in accordance with the statutes. Members of the association do not receive any allowances form the association’s funds.

(3) No person may be favoured by expenditure contrary to the purpose of the association or through disproportionately high remuneration.

§ 4 Ordinary membership

(1) Any natural person can become a member of the association who is actively committed to achieving its goals and who recognises its statutes. The application for membership must be submitted in writing. The board of directors decides on provisional membership by simple majority. Confirmation takes place at the next general meeting, also by simple majority.

(2) The number of members is limited to 15.

(3) Membership ends when a member dies, resigns or is excluded. Resignation takes places in the form of a written declaration from the member sent to the board of directors. Exclusion is permitted if a member contravenes the association’s goals, if he or she does not fulfil his or her tasks or if his or her behaviour gives rise to a fear that the public image of the association could be damaged. Exclusion is decided upon at the general meeting by absolute majority. The member affected must be given the chance to explain his or her position beforehand.

§ 5 Organs of the association

(1) The organs of the association are:

           – the general meeting
           – the board of directors.

(2) The board of directors should not principally consist of party members occupying prominent positions. The federal and state leader of a party and the federal and state treasurer may not be members of the board of directors.

§ 6 General meeting

(1) The general meeting is the highest decision-making organ of the association.

(2) The general meeting consists of all members of the association.

(3) The general meeting is convened at least once a year by the board of directors in the form of a written invitation providing details of the agenda. Invitations to attend must be sent at least two weeks before the meeting.

(4) The general meeting elects:

– the members of the board of directors,
– the auditors.

The election of a member requires a majority of the members present; a majority of two thirds of the members present is required to vote a member off the board of directors. Details of how to elect or vote off members are outlined in the invitation to the meeting.

(5) In addition to the responsibilities arising from the law and these statues, the general meeting has the following powers:

– to establish the basic working guidelines
– to approve the budget plan
– to discharge the board of directors.

(6) As a rule, the general meeting takes its decisions with a simple majority of the votes cast.

(7) The decisions taken by the general meeting are recorded in writing. The minutes must be signed by the minute keeper and the chair of the meeting.

§ 7 Board of directors

(1) The board of directors regulates the association’s business and is accountable to the general meeting.

(2) The board of directors consists of at least three, and at the most of six members. The board of directors always includes a chair, a deputy and a treasurer. The chair and deputy may not have citizenship of the same country. Care should be taken to ensure that the geographical make-up of the board of directors is balanced.

(3) The board of directors is elected by the general meeting for the duration of two years. Any member is elected who can obtain at least a simple majority of the votes of the members present. The general meeting elects the chair and his or her deputy in separate ballots.

(4) The board of directors takes decisions with a simple majority of the votes cast.

(5) The chair and the deputy shape the board of directors in accordance with    § 26 of the German Civil Code. They individually represent the association both in and out of court. 

§ 8 Auditor

(1) The auditor checks compliance with the financial regulations and that the decisions taken by the general meeting affecting the funds of the association are implemented. In addition, the auditor can inspect all of the association’s accounting documentation. An auditor’s report must be submitted to the general meeting once a year.

(2) The ordinary general meeting elects an auditor.

(3) Auditors can only be members of the association if they are not also members of the board of directors.

§ 9      The association’s funds

(1) The funds required to reach the association’s goals are obtained by the association from:

– members’ contributions whose amount is set by the general meeting,
– donations and legacies, one-off and ongoing contributions from public entities.

(2) Members of the association can be exempted from paying contributions by a decision of the board of directors.

§ 10 General provisions, changes to the statutes

(1) Abstentions do not count as votes not cast.

(2) Changes to the statutes require the approval of 2/3 (two thirds) of the members present during the general meeting. The approval of 3/4 (three quarters) of all members is required for a change to the purpose of the association.

(3) Formal changes required by government agencies so that the association is in compliance with the law of associations can be decided by the general meeting while bypassing the board of directors. In this special case, a simple majority is also sufficient.

(4) Applications for changes to the statues must be submitted in writing to the board of directors. The deadline for such applications is two weeks before the next general meeting.

§ 11 Dissolution

(1) The general meeting can decide to dissolve the association with a majority of three quarters of all members if the members were invited in accordance with a related agenda.

(2) If the association is dissolved, or if its privileged tax status ceases to exist, the association’s assets pass to the German Red Cross (DRK), Bundesverband, Berlin.

            Decided at the general meeting held on 3rd July 2015, amended by a decision of the board of directors on 16th December 2015 in accordance with § 10, Para. 3.

           The correctness and the completeness of the statutes is guaranteed in accordance with § 71, Para. 1, Clause 4 of the German Civil Code.

Dan Eriksson

(Chair)