Constitution of the Civic Association

LANDSCAPE EUROPE

(Translation from the Slovak original text)

Article 1
Name and Location

1.1 Name of the civic association: LANDSCAPE EUROPE - herein referred to as the Association.

1.2 Location of the civic association: Akademick√° 2, P.O. BOX 22, 949 10 Nitra, Slovak Republic.

Article 2
Aims

2.1 The aim of the Association is to contribute broadly to the promotion of sustainable landscape development.
The role of the Association is communication between experts and institutions for mutual cooperation and exchange of experience in landscape assessment, planning, decision making, policy, education and development of science and art in the promotion of landscape sustainable development.

2.2 Aims and tasks:

  • To support interdisciplinary expertise in landscapes in Europe in the scientific disciplines of geography, biology, pedology, hydrology, geomorphology, landscape ecology, land use, landscape design, demography, sociology and all disciplines related to landscape research.
  • To promote international cooperation in Europe among groups and individual researchers in landscape research, developing and maintaining a network of researchers in collaboration with organizations active in this field via electronic communication, conferences, seminars and joint projects and publications.
  • To cooperate in education and learning in landscape research by organizing lectures, courses and summer schools for MSc. and PhD. students in Europe and by developing electronic and printed publications on landscape research for scientific purposes to support policy, promote education and increase public awareness.
  • To disseminate knowledge of landscape research via Association website, publications and seminars designed for the public.
  • To promote and coordinate the European approach in monitoring landscape and landscape changes and to monitor global trends and negative landscape impacts.
  • To cooperate in developing integrated land management, taking all environmental aspects into account.
  • To establish a European database on landscape research available to members of the Association and used to maintain and manage the cultural and natural values of European countries.
  • To initiate and maintain active communication with business and policy-maker stakeholders by exchanging information on the landscape and its changes with land owners, users and decision-makers active in landscape planning and management.
  • To influence both local and European planning and decision-making institutions to adopt integrated landscape assessment and planning using the participatory approach.
  • To engage in any legal activities in implementing the above-mentioned objectives.

Article 3
Membership in the Association

3.1 Association members can be Slovak and foreign legal entity who accept the Association's Constitution and contribute to its objectives.

3.2 Association membership is voluntary and is established by the applicant's free choice of membership and subject to approval by the Association Executive Board. Full membership of established entitled persons is ratified by their entry to the register of members.

3.3 Members of the Association have the right:

  • to fully participate in the activities of the Association
  • to elect and be elected to bodies of the Association
  • to initiate, suggest, complain and comment on activities to the Association's bodies
  • to be informed of the aims and activities of the Association

3.4 Members obligations are:

  • to help promote the aims of the Association
  • to respect the Constitution of the Association
  • to obey the Internal Regulations of the Association
  • to refrain from any action which could in any way harm the Association and its reputation

3.5 Loss of membership in the Association:

  • by withdrawal of a member from the Association
  • by decision of the Executive Board to exclude a member
  • by dissolution of legal-member status
  • by dissolution of the Association

Article 4
Bodies of the Association

4.1 The bodies of the Association are:

  • General Assembly
  • Executive Board
  • Chair
  • Auditor

4.2 The General Assembly (GA) is the supreme body of the Association and it is composed of all members of the Association. At least once a year, the GA debates at a personal meeting or electronically by tele-conference or other electronic conference. All members are informed of the place, time and manner of the debate at least 20 days in advance. Minutes of the meeting, with progress achieved and decisions taken, are subsequently delivered to all members.

The General Assembly in particular:

  • approves the Constitution and its amendments
  • approves the action plan and annual technical report
  • approves the budget and annual financial report
  • elects and dismisses members of the Executive Board
  • decides on dissolution of the Association

4.3 The Executive Board (EB) is the executive body of the Association. It consists of a Chair (coordinator) and two members of the Association, unless the supreme General Assembly body (GA) decides otherwise. The work of the EB is supervised by the GA.

The Executive Board:

  • supervises day-to-day activities of the Association
  • develops an action plan, budget proposal, annual technical and financial report, internal regulations and other documents
  • convenes and prepares content for the GA debates and meetings
  • decides on dissolution of the Association if the announced GA meeting is not organised within the regulatory three-month-period to decide on the dissolution

4.3 The Chair is elected from the members of the Executive Board and represents the Association externally. The Chair can act on behalf of the Association and sign documents.

4.4 The auditor is a controlling body of the Association, who refers his/her activities to the GA, and the auditor role is irreconcilable with membership in the EB. The auditor controls activities of the EB, management of the Association, budget spending, use of the Association's assets, inspects obligations towards the Constitution and Internal Regulations of the Association, draws attention to imperfections and sets deadlines for remedies submitted to the Executive Board.

Article 5
Management Rules

The assets of the Association consist of:

  • membership fees
  • gifts and legacies
  • sponsorships from individuals and legal entities
  • subsidies and grants from legal persons, domestic and foreign, or from public authorities
  • resources raised by organizing various activities within the Association's activity framework
  • assigned 2% from income tax allowed according to Slovak law

Profits from assets and Association activities can be used only for activities of the Association and for achieving its objectives or other activities in accordance with the Constitution and the Internal Regulations.

Article 6
Dissolution of the Association

The Association shall be terminated:

  • by voluntary dissolution
  • by amalgamation with another civic association
  • by Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic final decision on its dissolution

Upon dissolution of the Association an assets disposition shall be performed, conducted by a liquidator appointed by the EB.

All obligations of the Association are covered first in any dissolution process. The GA decides on the method and form of use of the assets in case of liquidation and assets shall be used solely for purposes related to the objectives of the Association.

The liquidator will notify the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic within 15 days of dissolution of the Association.

Article 7
Final Provisions

The Association is established by its registration at the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. The Constitution comes into force on the date of registration.