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Constitution of the “Europaisches Laienforum (ELF) e.V.”

§ 1

The association “Europaisches Laienforum e.V.” has its legal seat at Bonn.
The language considered the norm is German.

§ 2

(1) The purpose of the organisation is:
- promoting the Christian vocation in the world by

  • lobbying with social, political and ecclesiastical institutions on the European level for the purposes of Christian values
  • organising conferences and initiating studies on social problems considering Christian values

- maintaining contacts and enhancing co-operation among catholic lay organisations in
Europe by

  • mutual exchange of experiences and information on questions of European importance between the members of the European Laity Forum
  • organising conferences on topical problems concerning Christian responsibility for the world
  • organising presidents’ councils of national lay organisations for information about national activities and coordinating common statements.

(2) To this purpose it is the body legally and financially responsible for ELF and is especially
charged with procuring and administering the financial means of ELF.
(3) The ELF e.V. is bound to the political decisions of ELF.

§ 3

(1) The association exclusively and directly aims at non-profit purposes in terms of the
paragraph on “tax-privileged purposes” of the tax code.
(2) The association works in a selfless manner; it does not primarily pursue own economic
aims. Means of the association may only be used for the purposes laid down in the
constitution. The members do not receive allocations out of the financial resources of the
(3) No person must benefit from expenses deviating from the purpose of the association or by
unproportionally high reimbursements.

§ 4

(1) National laity committees having the approval of their bishop’s conference are eligible as
members of the association. The admission of members is granted by the General Assembly
on the proposal of the Executive Board.
(2) A national laity committee can lose membership by dissolution, resignation or exclusion.

  • Dissolution of a national committee effects loss of membership without delay.
  • Resignation can be declared in written form at any time and operates without delay.
  • Exclusion ca be only decreed by the General assembly, ruling at a two-thirds majority, if the duties laid down in the constitution are violated and/or activities detrimental to the interests, the reputation and the rights of the association are set.
  • Membership of a national committee ends if the membership fees have not been paid for two years.

(3) Each national laity committee admitted as a member is represented by one delegate in the
General Assembly.

§ 5

The bodies of the association are the Executive Board and the General Assembly.

§ 6

(1) The Executive Board consists of the President and two Vice-presidents. The Treasurer
takes part in an advisory function.
(2) The President jointly with one of the two Vice-presidents or the two Vice-presidents
jointly constitute the Presidency according to § 26, Par. (2) BGB. Its term of office lasts for
four years. The members of the Executive Board can be relieved from office by the General
Assembly before that time.
(3) The Executive Board invites the General Assembly.
(4) The Executive Board implements the decisions of the General Assembly and assumes the
internal and external representation of the Association.

§ 7

(1) The General Assembly consists of the delegates of the national laity committees, the
Presidency and the Treasurer.
(2) The General Assembly elects the Executive Board. It can relieve it from office and
decides on the exoneration of the Executive Board as well as on the exclusion of a member. It
can dissolve the association.
(3) It elects a Treasurer for a term of four years.
(3) It approves of the annual budget.
(4) It elects an auditor for a term of four years.
(5) The regular General Assembly takes place once a year. It is summoned at least one month
in advance in written form containing the agenda.
(6) An extraordinary General Assembly has to be summoned on the written request of at least
20 % of the members.
(7) The regular General Assembly constitutes a quorum, if the meeting was summoned
according to the constitution and if at least 50 % of the members are present (either in person
or by written authorization).
(8) The extraordinary General Assembly constitutes a quorum, if at least 50 % of the
members are present.
(9) The members can represent other members in the General Assembly if authorized in
written form. Each delegate eligible to vote can only represent one other delegate.
(10) The General Assembly takes its decisions by an absolute majority of the members
present at the assembly or represented by written authorization.
(11) In order to exclude a member a two-thirds majority of the members present is required.
(12) For the dissolution of the association as well as for changes of the constitution an
absolute majority of all members is required.

§ 8

(1) The revenues of the association comprise membership fees, donations, grants and
contributions from legal persons and individuals.
(2) For the purpose of building reserves the revenues may exceed the expenses.
(3) The financial year of the association is identical with the calendar year. At the end of the
financial year the accounts must be closed and a balance sheet must be drawn up.
(4) The account books are duly controlled by the auditor.

§ 9

(1) In the event of the dissolution of or the cessation of the tax-privileged purpose, the
property of the association falls to a juridical person of public law or another tax-privileged
body, which has to use it for organising conferences or political lobbying concerning
Christian values.
(2) For questions not regulated by this constitution the civil law must be applied.

Approved by the General Assembly at Freising on June 4th, 2011, amended by the General
Assembly at Minsk on October 26th, 2011 and at Vienna on February 9th, 2012
Registered as an association at the district court of Bonn at Nr. 9469 on November 11th, 2011