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Constitution of the Kolping Society of Europe

 

§ 1 Name and Seat

  1. According to § 32 of the International Constitution the European National Kolping Societies in the International Kolping Society join together to form a continental working group. This working group bears the name Kolping Society of Europe.

 

  1. The seat of the Kolping Society of Europe is Cologne (Germany).


§ 2 Tasks


On the basis of the regulations laid down in the program and the International Constitution of the International Kolping Society, the tasks of the Kolping Society of Europe consist in particular of

  • encouragement and support of bilateral and / or regional cooperation of the European National Societies.

 

  • combining and coordinating of interests and concerns of the European National Societies in the International Kolping Society.

 

  • encouragement and implementation of events on European level as well as educational and further training of leaders and multipliers

 

  • promotion of information and experience exchange between the European National Societies as well as support of institutional development

 

  • representing of interests in the political field (Council of Europe / European Union); publication of relevant declarations / statements

§ 3 Governing Bodies and Boards

  1. The governing bodies of the Kolping Society of Europe are the Continental Convention and the Continental Board of Directors.

 

  1. If required, the Continental Convention and / or the Continental Board of Directors may appoint commissions or working groups for certain concerns and tasks.

 

  1. The Kolping Youth is composed of the members of the Kolping Youth of the countries represented in the Kolping Society of Europe. A working group is set up for the work of the Kolping Youth; one representative each of the respective countries belongs to this working group. It rests with this working group to propose a candidate for the Continental Board of Directors.

§ 4 Continental Convention

  1. The Continental Convention is the highest decision-making body of the Kolping Society of Europe. It is in particular in charge of decision-making on program and constitution of the Kolping Society of Europe, determining of focus of work, elections to the Board, election of the delegate at the Council of Europe for the duration of three years as well as determining the membership fees.

 

  1. To the Continental Convention belong with seat and vote
    - the members of the Continental Board of Directors;
    - representatives of the National Societies, namely
    - two representatives of the existing National Societies respectively,
    - three representatives respectively for National Societies with more than 10,000 members,
    - five representatives for National Societies with more than 100,000 members;
    - the General Praeses and the General Secretary of the International Kolping Society;
    - the delegate of the Kolping Society of Europe at the Council of Europe and the European Union / European Parliament.
  2. In countries where there is not yet a National Organization, a representative from the existing Kolping Families can participate with guest status in the Continental Conventions.
  3. The Continental Board of Directors can invite existing European Actions/combinations that outreach individual National Associations to participate in Continental Conventions with one representative.

§ 5 Continental Board of Directors

  1. The Continental Board of Directors is the directive body of the Kolping Society of Europe. It carries out the resolutions taken by the Continental Convention and is accountable to it. The Continental Board of Directors is in charge of all tasks that are not reserved to the Continental Convention.

 

  1. To the Continental Board of Directors belong
    - the President
    - three Vice-presidents
    - the Praeses
    - a representative in European Kolping Youth
    - the Secretary
    - the delegate of the European Kolping Society at the Council of Europe and the European Union / European Parliament.

 

  1. The members of the Continental Board of Directors are elected by the Continental Convention from their own ranks and for the duration of three years. Re-election is possible.

§ 6 Secretariates

  1. According to the Continental Convention’s resolution, a secretariat of the Kolping Society of Europe is set up the administration of which rests with the elected Secretary. The secretariat may also be located at the International Kolping Society or a National Association.

 

  1. The secretariat of the Kolping Society of Europe conducts business of the Continental Association. It is accountable for its work to the Board of Directors.

§ 7 Financing

  1. The activities of the Kolping Society of Europe are financed by membership fees of the European National Associations, public funds and other allotments as well as own contributions of the participating National Associations.

 

  1. In case of need a legal entity is set up according to § 21 of the International Constitution.

 

  1. According to the age allocation of the Kolping Youth in the individual National Associations, the membership fees paid in are used for the work of the Kolping Youth Europe.

§ 8 Final Clauses

  1. This Constitution was resolved by the Continental Convention of the European Kolping Society in Teisendorf (Germany) on November 5, 1995 and becomes effective on the same date.

 

  1. Amendments of this Constitution need a two-third majority of the Continental Convention.

Revised by the Continental Convention in Teisendorf (Germany) on October 28, 2007

(Should discrepancies arise in the process of translating the document, the German version prevails).