Statute of the Association PassaPorte – Integration and Participation for Refugees e. V.

§ 1 Preamble

Integration and participation are multi-layered processes involving mutual learning and respectful interaction. We assume the acceptance of the other as an autonomous being. Participation in continuation to integration through multi-faceted educational, social and cultural mediation are our concerns. This includes the theming and recognition of trauma of the refugees, who are professionally accompanied. In meeting and exchanging with the local population, we want to raise awareness, reduce prejudice, explore and experience the similarities.

§ 2 Name, registered office of the association, fiscal year

  1. The association is called PassaPorte Integration and Participation for Refugees e.V.
  2. The association is based in Berlin. It is registered there in the register of associations and carries the addition “e.V.” from entry.
  3. Fiscal year is the calendar year.
  4. The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the tax decree.

§ 3 Purpose

The purpose of the association is:

  • the promotion of aid for political, racial or religious persecutees, for refugees, war victims, war survivors, war victims and prisoners of war and in this sense:
  • the promotion of education and training
  • the promotion of art and culture
  • the promotion of international sentiment, tolerance in all areas of culture and the concept of international understanding
  • the promotion of equal rights for women and men

The statutes of the association are realized in particular by:

  • Accompaniment and training of refugees and people with a migrant background to educators, e.g. Circus pedagogues and circus pedagogues and theater educators
  • Gender-specific events and exhibitions to define the cultural roles of women and men as well as children in the respective cultures (refugees and Berliners) and to solve intercultural and gender-specific problems pedagogically and multimedia
  • Recognition of the multiple traumas of the refugees and trauma Accompaniment of the refugees in the form of a trauma team, which accompanies the activities of the association, in order to jointly develop trauma alleviating and solving offers and to integrate them into the projects of the association.
  • Promote pan-European activities, exchange experience on the integration of refugees at EU level and build and expand networks
  • Establishment and management of a cultural meeting place, where refugees, migrants and Germans from different cultural and religious influences meet each other across generations and across social borders in the context of diverse events. In this connection, i.a. international and intercultural tandem cooking classes and cooking events offered to enhance understanding among peoples and encourage exchanges between people of all cultures by preparing and tasting traditional food of different nationalities
  • Theater classes, painting classes and other cultural offerings for refugees and Berliners in order to enhance their pedagogical impact on integration in the form of e.g. To offer and test theater courses, painting courses, workshops and theater workshops
  • Language and competence promotion in intercultural offers for refugees and their children

Our association is active in Neukölln. The purpose of the statutes shall be achieved through dialogue and cooperation of the members and interested third parties. We also want to create a new participatory neighborhood culture to reduce mutual fears and to create a more humane intercultural environment for this and future generations.

The association is denominationally free and abstains from any party politics.

§ 4 Charitable Status

  1. The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “tax-privileged purposes” of the tax code. He is selflessly active and does not pursue primarily self-economic purposes.
  2. Means of the association may be used exclusively for statutory purposes.
  3. No person may be favored by expenses that are foreign to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remuneration.

The association primarily finances its activities through donations and donations from private foundations and the public sector. For additional funding, fees or entrance fees may be charged for participation in any association-organized gathering and / or activity of any kind that may be used solely for statutory purposes.

§ 5 Organs of the Association

Organs of the association are

  1. the board
  2. the General Assembly

§ 6 Board

    1. The board consists of 5 authorized board members:
      • the Chairman of the Board
      • the first deputy (-in)
      • the second deputy (-in)
      • the Secretary (-in)
      • the Public Relations Officer

The association is represented in court and out of court by two board members.

  1. The Board is elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years. The re-election of the board members is possible. The current members of the Executive Board remain in office after the end of their term of office until successors are elected.
  2. The board is responsible for running the current business of the association.
  3. Board meetings are held at least ½ annually. The invitation to meetings of the Management Board is made in writing by a member of the Management Board, subject to an invitation period of at least 14 days.
  4. The Board of Directors passes its resolutions by simple majority.
  5. Resolutions of the Executive Board may also be passed in writing or by telephone if urgent need arises, if all Executive Board members declare their consent to this procedure in writing or by telephone. Resolutions of the Board of Management made in writing or by telephone must be recorded in writing and signed.
  6. At each board meeting, a record is to be kept in which all resolutions are written down. It will be signed by the Chair and the Secretary (s).
  7. All board members carry out their activities on a voluntary basis. The members of the Management Board are exempted from statutory articles of § 181 BGB. The members of the Management Board may receive remunerated activities in the form of a fee contract or employment as part of club activities. The remuneration and other contractual conditions may not exceed the local market prices for comparable activities and qualifications.
  8. The activities and expenses of representatives of the association are remunerated to an appropriate extent. The Executive Board sets the amount of compensation.

§ 7 Membership

The association PassaPorte– Integration for Refugees e.V. can have

    • Full Members
    • Promotional members or
    • Honorary members
  1. All members may be natural persons or legal entities who agree to the purpose of the association and recognize the provisions of these statutes. Natural persons must be 16 years of age to become a member of the association. If it is not determined at the time of admission whether it is a proper or sponsoring membership, then it is regarded as promoting.
  2. Sponsoring members can not become members of the association’s executive committee and have no voting right even in resolutions of the general meeting
  3. In their capacity as members the members do not receive any donations from funds of the association
  4. Members of the Board of Directors may receive reasonable reimbursement of their expenses, unless reimbursed by others. In addition, the Board may set a lump-sum compensation for the time and material expenses of its members.

The board decides on the application for membership in the association. If the board rejects the membership, the applicant can submit an application again. This is decided by the general meeting with a two-thirds majority of the members present.

Termination of membership

  1. Membership ends by resignation, expulsion or death.
  2. The resignation of a member shall be effected by a written statement to the chairman within 4 weeks.
  3. If a member has seriously violated the goals and interests of the association or remains in arrears with the membership fee despite a reminder, it can be excluded by the executive committee with immediate effect.
  4. The member must be given the opportunity to justify or comment before the decision is taken. An appeal may be lodged against the expulsion decision within a period of 4 weeks after notification of the expulsion, which will be decided by the next general assembly

§ 8 Members’ Meeting

  1. The General Assembly is to be convened once a year.
  2. An Extraordinary General Assembly shall be convened if it is necessary for the interests of the association or if one fifth of the members are summoned to the meeting in writing stating the purpose and reasons.
  3. The convocation of the general meeting shall be made in writing by the Board of Directors, maintaining an invitation period of at least two weeks with simultaneous announcement of the agenda. The period begins with the day following the dispatch of the letter of invitation. The date of the postmark applies. The letter of invitation is deemed received by the member if it is addressed to the last address given in writing by the member of the association.
  4. The General Assembly is in principle responsible for all tasks, provided that certain tasks have not been delegated to another association organ in accordance with these statutes. Above all, it is responsible for the election and discharge of the Management Board, the receipt of Management Board reports, the resolution of the annual report and the annual financial statements.
  5. It appoints a cash auditor who is neither a member of the board nor of a committee appointed by the board nor may it be an employee of the association to audit the accounts including the annual accounts and to report on the result before the general meeting.
  6. The general meeting decides abot fee waivers, changes in membership fees, tasks of the association, participation in companies, taking out loans from EUR 500, approval of all rules of procedure for the association area, amendments to the articles of association and dissolution of the association.
  7. Each general meeting convened by statute is recognized as quorum regardless of the number of club members that have appeared. Each voting member has one vote.
  8. The General Assembly passes its resolutions by a simple majority. In the case of a tie, an application is deemed rejected.
  9. At each general meeting, a record is kept, in particular, the resolutions passed are recorded. It will be signed by the chairman of the board and the secretary (s).

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