Statutes

Statutes of the Association

Foreign Friends of Catalonia e.V.Association aiming to promote relationships between Catalonia and other nations

 

I. The Association and its aims

 1. Name, headquarters and aims

 2. Altruism

 3. Use of resources

 4. Financial year

II. Membership and income

 5. Obtaining membership

 6. Ending membership

7. Membership fee

8. Income

III. Structure of the Association

 9. Structure

10. Board of members

11. Elections and resolutions

12. Cessation of the members of the board of directors

13. Management

14. Auditor

IV. Modification of the Statutes and dissolution of the Association

15. Modification of the Statutes

16. Dissolution of the Association

 

I. The Association and its aims

1. Name, headquarters and aims
Foreign Friends of Catalonia e.V. (“the Association”), an Association aiming to promote relationships between Catalonia and other nations, with its headquarters in Ludwigsburg (P.O. Box 142, 71601 Ludwigsburg), shall pursue, exclusively and immediately, such non-profit aims as are included in the paragraph “Purposes with tax privileges” of the general tax law.
The aim of the Association is the promotion of relationships between Catalonia and other nations.
The aims of these Statutes will be carried out principally through:

● the promotion of the Catalan language and culture,

● the promotion of the history, culture and current situation of Catalonia in Germany or other foreign countries, and those of other countries. This also involves the creation of a forum in which the right to self-determination of peoples and direct democracy can be freely discussed, and

● raising awareness of the Catalan nation, for example, by providing contacts in Catalonia with key individuals such as (but not exclusively) journalists and scientists.

2. Altruism
The Association acts selflessly and does not pursue in the first instance its own financial gain.
The resources of the Association can only be used for purposes specified by the Statutes. Members do not receive any contribution from the resources of the Association.
No person may benefit from any expenses which are unconnected to the purposes of the Association or from disproportionately high remuneration.

3. Use of resources
The resources of the Association can only be used for purposes stated by the Statutes. Members do not receive any payment from the resources of the Association. No person may benefit from any expenses which are unconnected to the purposes of the Association or from disproportionately high remuneration.

4. Financial year
The financial year is the calendar year. The first financial year ends on December 31, 2019.

 

II. Membership and financing

5. Obtaining membership
Membership is obtained by submitting a written admission statement to the Executive Committee. Minors who wish to be members must submit the written consent of their legal representative with their admission statement.

6. Ending membership
Membership ceases on death, by written resignation at the end of the financial year or by expulsion by the Executive Committee in case of a serious breach of the Statutes.

7. Membership fee
The membership fee is agreed by the General Assembly of Members. The changes will take effect the following year. The annual fee must be paid no later than 31 March of the calendar year. In case this condition is not complied with, the Association reserves the right of expulsion.
Honorary members are exempt from the obligation to pay the membership fee.

8. Income
The Association’s income consists of:
a) annual membership subscriptions
b) voluntary donations and income from the Association’s assets
The Association does not aim to earn profits.

 

III. Structure of the Association

9. Structure
The bodies of the Association are the Executive Committee and the General Assembly of Members.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the President and two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and the General Secretary. The Association will be represented judicially and extrajudicially by the President or jointly by two other members of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee members work on a voluntary basis.

The holding of several executive positions by one person is illegal.

10. General Assembly of Members
A General Assembly of Members shall be held at least once a year, usually during the first quarter of the financial year. The Executive Committee may also call further General Assemblies. Extraordinary General Assemblies will be called upon the request of any members of the Association in writing to the Executive Committee.
The notification of a General Assembly of Members will be in writing, by post or email, at least two weeks before.
The General Assembly of Members decides annually on the approval of the management of the Executive Committee, as well as on the appointment of honorary members for such reasons as are regarded appropriate.

11. Elections and resolutions
The Executive Committee and the auditors are chosen by the General Assembly of Members for a period of two years. They will remain in office after their term has ended until a successor is appointed. Their term ends, however, with their resignation from the Association.
Elections and resolutions can be carried out by secret or open ballot.
Any vote will be secret if so requested by at least one member present with the right to vote.
Any person who gets a simple majority is elected. Resolutions are also decided by simple majority.
The General Assembly of Members is qualified to take decisions if the invitation was made in accordance with the Statutes.
The provisions of paragraphs 15 and 16 regarding a modification of the Statutes and on the dissolution of the Association are not affected by the terms of this paragraph.

12. Cessation of the members of the Executive Committee
If any member of the Executive Committee resigns prematurely, their functions will be assumed by the remaining members until new elections are held at the next General Assembly of Members.

13. Management
The President is responsible for day-to-day management as long as they are not reserved for other bodies of the Association in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Code. They will submit an annual report to the General Assembly of Members on the activities of the Association and sign all acts together with the General Secretary.
The Vice-President will provide support to the President in the exercise of their daily roles and representation in the event they cannot do so.
The Treasurer is in charge of administering the finances of the Association. They will be primarily responsible for the daily accounting and the preparation of a balance sheet at the end of each financial year. They will submit an annual report on the state of the accounts at the General Assembly of Members.
The Executive Committee will meet on a regular basis. An Executive Committee meeting must be called if so requested to the President in writing by at least two members of the Executive Committee, stating the agenda of the meeting. The President will chair the meeting. The Executive Committee is qualified to take decisions if all members have been invited on time (at least a week before) and if in addition to the member chairing the meeting, two more members of the Executive Committee are present.
In the event of an appeal against any resolution of the Executive Committee by any member, the next General Assembly will take the final decision.

14. Auditor
The auditor, who is appointed by the General Assembly of Members, will submit a yearly written report to the General Assembly of Members and a recommendation on the approval of the management by the Treasurer. The Executive Committee is required to provide the auditor with all information and to make all documents available to them. The auditor is required to respect the confidentiality of all information received.

 

IV. Modification of the Statutes and dissolution of the Association

15. Modification of the Statutes
A majority of three quarters of the votes cast during the General Assembly of Members is required to modify the Statutes. The General Assembly of Members will only be qualified to modify the Statutes if at least one third of members of the Association are present. If this quorum is not reached at the General Assembly of Members, a further Assembly of Members will be convened within 30 days, for which a minimum participation will not be necessary.

16. Dissolution of the Association
The dissolution of the Association can only be agreed upon by a General Assembly of Members which has been convened for this purpose. For the General Assembly of Members to be qualified to take the decision to dissolve the Association, at least half of the members of the Association must be present. If the decision on the dissolution does not reach a majority of three quarters in the General Assembly of Members, a further Assembly of Members will be convened within 30 days, for which a minimum participation will not be necessary. Should the Association be dissolved, or its tax-privileged purposes be lost, the Association’s assets should be transferred to the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), Burkhard Gauly, Wiesbadener Str. 20b, 76185, Karlsruhe, Tel.: 0721-758640, E-Mail: karlsruhe@gfbv-rg.de, a non-profit organisation pursuing public interest goals similar to those of the Association, which will use them immediately and exclusively for non-profit purposes.

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