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Global Ecovillage Network of Europe e.V. Statutes of Association

Art. 1 – Name and Headquarters

1. The Association holds the name: „Global Ecovillage Network of Europe e.V.“     (Abbreviation GEN-Europe)

2. It’s headquarter is in Poppau, Germany.

3. The Association will be enrolled in the German register of associations.

Art. 2 – Aims and Goals

The goal of the Association is the promotion of education, youth work, culture, intercultural understanding between people(s) and environmental protection.

These goals will be implemented by means of coordination of activities of national networks of Ecovillages around the world (with a special focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa). The Association operates as central coordinating headquarters for information exchange and other international initiatives of many kinds – including conferences, meetings, educational programmes, fundraising and allocation of funds, formulation of principles and guidelines for Ecovillages.

An ecovillage is a settlement-community of at least five persons who share the common goal of integrating human activities and the use of environmentally-friendly materials to promote sustainability and the holistic development of human society.

Art. 3 Charitable status

The Association pursues direct charitable goals only according to the article „goals for tax concessions“ of the German tax law. The Association is run as a non-profit organization, and does not primarily undertake economic activities. Funds of the Association are only to be used for the goals described in the Statutes. Members may not receive any financial contributions from the funds of the Association. No person shall benefit from expenses that are not related to the goals of the Association or from unrelated high contributions.

Art. 4 Business year

The business year is the calendar year. The first business year ends on December 31st 2003.

Art. 5 Members

1- Ecovillage networks and individual Ecovillages recognized and accepted by the Council of the Association and willing to implement the goals of the Association can become members

2 - Any individual, other association or organization willing to implement the goals of the Association can join as „Eco-Village Supporters“ and can become members by decision of the Council.

3 - Membership lasts for a minimum of one business year.

4 - Members shall pay the annual membership fee, decided annually by the General Assembly on proposal by the council.

Art.6 Dissolution of membership

Membership ends:

-       When a member does not pay the annual fee despite two subsequent reminders;

-       When a member submits a written resignation to the President of the Association;

-       Through death of the person or extinction of the legal entity;

-       When the Association decides to dissolve itself, according to article 10 of these Statutes.

Art. 7 Organs of the Association

The Organs of the Association are the General Assembly of members and the Council.

Art. 8 General Assembly of members

The General Assembly of members is the highest Organ of the Association; all powers necessary for achieving the Association‘s aims are vested in the General Assembly.

1. The ordinary assembly of members

- Shall gather once a year.

- Shall be announced in writing (letter, email or fax) at least 21 days in advance of the Assembly. The invitation shall specify the date, time and location of the Assembly and the proposed agenda. The first General Assembly has a quorum when 50% of all members are present. A second General Assembly has a quorum independent of the number of members present.

- Shall approve the secretariat’s report, budgets and annual accounts.

- Shall decide on the amount of the annual fee.

- Shall decide on the general policy of the Association concerning internal organization and finances.

- Shall elect the Administrative Council from members with appropriate experience and knowledge of the Association and its activities.

- May dismiss Council members with a 2/3 majority of active members.

- May decide on any topic on the agenda.

- May decide to suspend a member with a 2/3 majority of active members, after giving the member the opportunity to defend him/herself.

2. The Extraordinary General Assembly:

-       shall be convened at least 30 days in advance of the meeting by the Council. Its proceedings are valid in the first convocation with a 2/3 majority of current members, in the second convocation with a 50 % majority.

-       decides upon a change of the Statutes and standing orders with a 3/4 majority of members present.

3. Decisions shall be communicated to all members. Resolutions of the General Assembly shall be entered into a minute book signed by the chairperson of that meeting and held by the secretariat at the disposal of all members.

Art. 9 Council

1. The Council of the Association is composed of at least 3 and not more than 12 members. The president and second president represent the Association in all judicial and extrajudicial matters of the Association and both are entitled to act individually. All work for the council is volunteer work.

2. The Council will be elected by the General Assembly for an office term of 2 years. It will stay in office until a new election takes place. Should a member cease to hold office before the expiry of his/her term, the Council shall fill the vacancy with another member. The new Council member shall hold office until the expiry of the term of the replaced member.

3. The Council meets at least once a year and whenever the President or the majority of Council members considers it necessary.

4. The Council can take a decision with 2/3 of its members present or represented by proxy.

5. Decisions are taken by consensus. If consensus cannot be achieved after repeated attempts the Council shall adopt a qualified majority of “consensus minus one”.

6. The Administrative Council, according to the general aims described in article 2 of the present Statutes, has all powers of ordinary and extraordinary administration and disposal of assets; and it supervises organization and financial management

7. The Council may transfer the management of the current business to one or more of its members or to a third person (Executive Secretary).

Art. 10 Dissolution

In case of dissolution for any reason, all remaining assets and real estate<s>s</s>, after payment of all debts, shall be assigned to non-profit goals. Decisions about the future use of assets can only be implemented after the agreement of the German finance office.




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