I. General principles
The Association, a European political party, is to be known as the “Alliance for Peace and Freedom” (APF), hereinafter referred to as “the APF” or “the Association”. This name shall always be preceded or followed by, or treated as if followed by, the words " non-profit–organisation under Belgian Law". The Association is governed by the provisions of the laws of the EU on European political parties and the laws in Belgium on non-profit associations.
The seat of the association is established in Belgium, Rogierlaan 199, 1030 Brussel. It may, by decision of the Executive, move its seat to any other adress in Belgium.
The logo of the association consists of the three letters 'APF' in red, together with an image of a lady ('Europe') riding a bull. This logo can be changed by the Executive. .
The Association pursues political objectives, as layed down in this political programme:
We stand for a Europe of sovereign nations in which the independent states work together on a confederated basis to address the great challenges of our time and to protect, celebrate and promote our common Christian values and European cultural heritage.
We seek to address the democratic deficit within the existing structures of the EU by providing an effective voice for the large numbers of citizens, particularly young people, at present alienated from the democratic process. We stand for a revival of popular involvement in decision-making and for the elimination of corruption and the influence of money and the corporate media from our political institutions.
We aim to help families, law-abiding citizens, young people and unemployed often treated as second class citizens with the voices and organisational lead they need to assert their rights. Staunch supporters of the fundamental human right to a peaceful life with a decent standard of living in one’s own homeland, we are opposed to mass immigration which often results in discrimination and inequality – afflicting both immigrants and indigenous citizens - within the host nations. We are committed to providing the leadership and education required by the Youth of Europe to resist the destruction of our traditional values and consequently of peoples and cultures.
We cherish the rich diversity which forms a tapestry of human belonging both within Europe and beyond and which is under threat from the homogenizing tendencies of a world shrunk by technology and globalism. We therefore seek a constructive path between the twin evils of negative racism and rootless consumerism, and to develop ways to protect and celebrate the diversity which provides the foundation stone of human identity.
Recognising that our diverse nations are each an extended family, we stand for the right and primary duty of each national government to act as a father to its nation and in particular to defend the people and their common wealth and heritage from the injustices and exploitation caused by the ‘logic’ of the market and the corruption of politicians and elites.
We stand in particular for Peace and to expose and oppose the attempts to jeopardize peace and create unnecessary hostility towards the eastern half of European civilisation. While we recognise that there are a number of unresolved historical disputes between various European nations, we are determined that these should be resolved through negotiation and compromise, rather than being exploited by external forces at the risk of increasing tensions and even war.
In the ethical sphere, which stands above and sets the boundaries of our politics and policies, we seek to instil in to our peoples and our youth a respect for life from beginning to end and a new spirit of honesty, self-sacrifice and an ethos of service.
The APF observes: respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
The APF does not pursue profit goals.
The APF is committed to providing equal opportunity for individuals of both sexes within its organisation on the grounds of merit and rejects all forms of discrimination, particularly discrimination based on gender.
The object of the Association is to:
-promote and foster a close and constant co-operation between its members for the purpose of advancing at European level the common Principles set out above;
- promote and organize joint actions of its members at European level;
- work in favor of genuine free and pluralistic democracy;
- encourage respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms including in particular freedom of speech and association, and the rule of law;
- promote respect for the indivisible right to freedom of expression and other fundamental rights of man and of the citizen as the foundation of the values that should be upheld within and by the European Union.
In order to achieve these objectives and to establish, develop, implement and promote its policy objectives, the APF exists to organise discussions forums, educational events and events and outreach initiatives according to democratic principles, and to publish material in various forms including printed matter, video and Internet formats in order to increase public awareness of our work and the issues which it addresses.
The Association and her representatives are authorised to take such actions as are directly or indirectly useful or necessary for the promotion and achievement of the above objectives.
Through their acts, parties that are or become members of the Association will support the positions taken by the Association in the framework of the European Union. In the context of their national responsibilities, they will maintain their own name, their identity and their freedom of action. The APF is not bound by the actions or positions taken by the parties that are or become members of the Association.
The Association is represented in the European Parliament by the Group of the Alliance for Peace and Freedom.
The Association is incorporated for an indefinite period.
MEMBERSThe number of members is unlimited, but there must be a minimum of three. A membership fee has to be payed, of at least 12 euro, to be decided by the Executive. The Executive shall lay down different membership fees for the different categories of members.
Every person or party that applies for membership or is a member must, through his words, actions and behavior in the past and the present, have a positive effect on the name, the image, the strength, the principles and the political goals of the Association. The Executive has total competence to judge this, and is allowed to refuse any application or to exclude any member based upon this judgment.
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSEvery citizen of the EU who agrees with the statutes of the Association and wishes to join the Association shall do so as "individual member". The right of individual members to speak and vote in meetings of the Association, including the Executive (if they are elected there), are personal and inalienable. The Executive can lay down rules for giving a power of attorney to another member of the Association.
Membership applications should be submitted to the Secretary General, in writing or by any other way, as to be decided by the Executive. They must constitute a declaration of adherence to the statutes. The President will forward such requests for accession to the Executive. The Executive is authorised to grant, at its own discretion, the applicant the memberschip.
The Executive can lay down the rules for handling membership applications, and can give power of attorney to one or more of its members to deal with all issues concerning membership.
SUPPORTING MEMBERSEvery citizen of the EU who agrees with the statutes of the Association and wishes to support the Association in its goals and objectives shall do so as "supporting member".
Membership applications should be submitted to the Secretary General, in writing or by any other way, as to be decided by the Executive. They must constitute a declaration of adherence to the statutes. The Secretary General will forward such requests for accession to the Executive. The Executive is authorised to grant, at its own discretion, the applicant the supporting memberschip.
The Executive can lay down the rules for handling membership applications, and can give power of attorney to one or more of its members to deal with all issues concerning membership.
Supporting members will not have the right to participate in, vote upon the deliberations or to be a candidate for the election of the members of the Executive. They will, however, be invited to the Congress.
PARTY MEMBERSThe Executive is authorised to grant the status of party member to any political party with a traditionalist orientation established within the European Union, which subscribes to the Principles of the Association and accepted its statutes.
Membership applications should be submitted to the Secretary General, in writing or by any other way, as to be decided by the Executive. They must constitute a declaration of adherence to the statutes. A copy of the statutes of the candidate for accession and information on the history and organisation of this applicant must be added. The Secretary General will forward such requests for accession to the Executive. The Executive is authorised to grant, at its own discretion, the applicant the memberschip.
Each party member will designate a physical person who will act on behalf of the party as its representative within the Association and to vote on its behalf at the Congress and the Executive. In the event of a change of the representative, the President of the Association shall be informed immediately in writing by the registered leader of the party in question or any person to whom that power is delegated. The change shall be effective on receipt of such notification.
On the request of a Party Member, all members of that party member can be accepted as national supporting members of the APF. The Executive can lay down all rules to organise this, and the Executive can take the decision to accept all individual members of a party member in one and single decision. In that case, the Party Member can fully develop political activities, including take part in a national or regional election in the country concerned, under the name and logo of the APF. In that case, the Membership fee of national supporting members can be lower then 50 euro, no lower then 12 euro.
ASSOCIATE PARTY MEMBERSThe Executive is authorised to grant the status of associate member to any political party with a traditionalist orientation, established outside the European Union, which subscribes to the Principles of the Association and accepted the statutes.
Membership applications should be submitted to the President, in writing or by any other way, as to be decided by the Executive. They must constitute a declaration of adherence to the statutes. A copy of the statutes of the candidate for accession and information on the history and organisation of this applicant must be added. The President will forward such requests for accession to the Executive. The Executive is authorised to grant, at its own discretion, the applicant the memberschip.
They will not participate in decisions concerning the policy and the structure of the European Union or its institutional systems but shall be permitted to vote on all other matters in the business of the Congress. If the State in which the associate party member is established accedes to the European Union, this associate party member shall automatically become an ordinary party member from the date of accession of the State to the European Union.
Each associate party will designate a physical person who will act on behalf of the party as its representative within the Association. In the event of a change of the representative, the President of the Association shall be informed immediately in writing by the registered leader of the party in question or any person to whom that power is delegated. The change shall be effective on receipt of such notification.
SUBSCRIPTIONSThe subscription rates of all categories of member shall be set each year by the Executive. Contributions from members from which they are due shall become due two weeks after having been set by the Executive and communicated to the members by the General Secretary. Contributions from members shall be paid at the time of their application to join and therafter as decided by the Executive.
The General Secretary shall retain at the Headquarters of the Association, a register of members. This register shall include the name, first name, place of residence, date and place of birth or, in the case of legal persons or associations of fact, the name, legal form, address of the head office, identity of the representative and, if applicable, the registration number in accordance with the legislation and/or regulations in force.
All members can consult this register at the Headquarters of the Association at any reasonable time by prior arrangement.
Membership of the APF is strictly exclusive. Members of the APF, as defined in article 6 of the Statutes may in no case be also a member of another political party at European level recognised by the Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the statute and financing of political parties at European level.
Each member may at any time resign from the Association. He shall inform the President
of the decision to resign in writing, or in any other way layed down by the Executive.
Any resigning member shall remain liable to meet their financial obligations to the Association regarding the portion of the year prior to his resignation and for any amount outstanding from previous years.
The suspension or exclusion of a member can be decided by the Executive. A proposal for the suspension or exclusion of a member may be proposed by the General Secretary in writing to all members of the Executive. The member affected shall be notified of the proposed reasons for suspension or exclusion by the General Secretary and shall be entitled to file his remarks in writing before the decision is taken.
If a party member or associate party member is no longer a viable political force in their country and, in particular, has not sat in regional, national or European parliaments or assemblies during two consecutive legislatures, the President of the APF may recommend to the Executive its suspension or exclusion. The member affected shall be notified of the proposed reasons for suspension or exclusion by the General Secretary and shall be entitled to file his remarks in writing before the decision is taken.
The membership of any member shall be automatically terminated in case of death, incapacity, liquidation, being placed under provisional administration or bankruptcy.
Resigning or excluded members and the legal successors of the resigning members, excluded or deceased, have no right to the assets of the Association, including records and intellectual property, and in no case may obtain a refund of contributions paid or given to the Association.
III. STRUCTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION
The constituent parts of the Association are:
(i) The Executive
(ii) The Congress
The Association is managed from day-to-day by the Executive. Executive meetings shall be chaired by the President or by an individual delegated the task by the President, usually but not necessarily the General Secretary.
The Executive shall be comprised of the President, General Secretary, Treasurer, the representative of each Party Member or Associate party Member, and at least three extra Members. The Executive may appoint, among its members, vice-Presidents. Any Member can be elected a Member of the Executive, with exclusion from the supporting members.
Meetings shall be held as convened by the General Secretary, usually during Plenary or Mini-Plenary sessions of the European Parliament according to a calendar agreed with other Executive Members in December for the whole of the following year and with a minimum of three meetings per calendar year.
In the event of unscheduled meetings at least seven days’ notice written notice, by letter or fax, and email, together with an agenda and an explanation as to why such a meeting is necessary, shall be given in writing by the General Secretary to all those entitled to attend.
An unscheduled meeting may be held at the request of the General Secretary, one third of the members or one third of party and associate party members.
All Executive decisions shall be taken by simple majority vote, save for a decision to wind up the Association which shall require a two thirds majority. In all votes the President shall have a casting vote in the event of a tied vote.
The President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall be elected by Congress according to the procedures set out in Article 12. Their mandates shall run for one year until the next annual Congress.
The Secretary General shall keep the minutes of all meetings. All members shall receive a copy of these minutes within four weeks following each meeting.
The Executive has the powers assigned by the law, the present Statutes and its rules of procedure as from time to time decided. Its powers include, among other things, to:
- approve or amend the minutes of previous meetings;
- take steps to ensure the unity of action of the APF in the implementation of its programme;
- set the provisional calendar of the APF;
- propose and agree amendments to the provisional calendar;
- control the setting, revision and management of the budget.
- approve the annual accounts and the budget;
- decide on membership applications and lay down the rules to follow;
- decide the suspension or exclusion of a member according to the procedure set out in Article 9 above and lay down the rules to follow;
- set the amount of the annual contributions to be paid by the members;
- make recommendations to Congress on amendments to the statutes;
- approve the rules of procedure;
- appoint and replace the accountant of the Association;
- set terms and rates of remuneration for such employees and service providers as it from time to time sees fit, and to remove or replace them as deemed necessary. In the event of a possibile conflict of interests for any member of the Executive in the making of such a decision that individual shall withdraw from the discussion and not participate in any deciding vote;
- establish standing committees and ad hoc working groups to consider specific problems, and decide to dissolve such bodies at its sole discretion;
- draft, amend an approve the annual report of the Association by the Secretary General;
- convene the annual Congress of the Association;
- convene an Extraordinary Congress of the Association (ECA) should a simple majority decide this to be necessary during a meeting at which the proposal to call said Congress was on the agenda of the Executive meeting as circulated in writing with a minimum of seven days notice to all entitled to attend and vote;
- decide to set up a National Branch of the APF with national supporting Members in one country, as layed down in article 6.
The decisions of the Executive shall be enacted by the Secretary General unless a vote by the Executive on the implementation of a specific decision decides otherwise.
Supporting members cannot be elected to the Executive.
CONGRESSThe Congress of the APF shall meet once per calendar year unless an ECA be called, which shall be additional.
The General Secretary of the Association shall provide 14 days written notice, by letter or by any other way of communication layed down by the Executive, to all members. Non-member observers may be invited at the discretion of the Executive.
Elections to Executive posts shall be held at the Congress annually, and at an ECA in the event of a two thirds majority of members, and members voting to hold fresh Executive elections.
Nominations for the posts of President, General Secretary and Treasurer must be submitted in writing to the General Secretariat, 28 days before the date of the election. Any member may be proposed for any of these offices.
In the event of an ECA electing or re-electing any member their mandate shall run until fresh elections are held as scheduled at the normal annual Congress.
Proposals to vary the statutes of the Association agreed by the Executive shall be put in writing, or by any other way of communication layed down by the Executive, to all those entitled to attend and vote at Congress with a minimum of 14 days notice.
Supporting members have no voting right at the Congress.
There is no quorum at the Congress. In the case of a tied vote, the vote of the President is deciding. All votes are done in a public way, unless someone asks for a secret vote, supported by a majority of the Congress.
The representatives of the Party Members and associate Party Members are automatically a Member of the Executive. No vote is held on Congress about their post.
After the President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer are elected, the President puts forward a proposal for the amount of places to be added in the Executive and the names of the people taking up the posts. This proposal is as a whole accepted or rejected.
If it is rejected, a vote is held on the number of places to be added to the Executive.
After this vote, any member can be a candidate for any of these posts.
A secret vote is then held on each one of these places.
Congress has the following powers:
- to vote on any political declaration, proposed by the Executive, to strengthen and clarify the political line of the Association, in accordance with the statutes;
- To adopt and amend the statutes of the APF;
- To adopt, amend or reject amendments to the statutes proposed by the Executive;
- Elect the President, the General Secretary, Treasurer and other Members of the Executive;
- Recommend to the Executive the dissolution of the Association.
ACCOUNTSThe Association fiscal year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
At the end of each fiscal year, the Treasurer closes the accounts of the preceding financial year and begins to operate the budget for the next financial year, in accordance with the applicable legal provisions.
The Treasurer shall prepare the accounts in collaboration with the accountant appointed by the Executive. He is responsable for establishment, approval and verification of the annual accounts.
The Treasurer shall be the principle officer responsible for liason with any grant-making bodies or other institutions providing funding for the Association, including member parties or individuals making own contributions.
The Association being a not-for-profit organisation any surplus must be carried over and must not under any circumstances be paid to the members in the form of dividends or any other form of payment or benefit.
DISSOLUTIONThe Association is not dissolved following the death, incapacity, removal or resignation of a member, provided that the number of members remaining is not less than three.
The Association may be dissolved voluntarily on the recommendation of Congress to the Executive, passed by a two-thirds majority of three-quarters of the members eligible to vote who are present, in accordance with the rules applicable to its operation, such as described in the rules of procedure.
The final decision on dissolution must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Executive at a properly convened Exectuive meeting held within 28 days of such a Congress recommendation being made.
In case of recommending voluntary dissolution, the Congress shall appoint at the same time the(s) liquidator(s).
In the case of dissolution, the Executive shall decides on the allocation of such assets as remain after all creditors have been satisfied and liabilities met. Such allocation must disinterested purposes.
INTERNAL RULESInternal rules shall be decided by the Executive, which will set and decide upon organisational and financial procedures not specifically laid down within these statutes or the procedures of the European and Belgian legislation.
Proposed amendments to such rules of procedure may be submitted by any of those eligible to vote in Executive meetings in writing to the General Secretary seven days before the next Executive meeting.
The President represents the association legally. The Treasurer represents the association financially. The General Secretary represents the association administratively. They have the power to represent the association in every member state of the European Union, and in the rest of the world.
The Association will respect all laws concerning transparency, in particular in relation to bookkeeping, accounts and donations, privacy and the protection of personal data. The Executive will receive all requests concerning these issues, study them and decide the appropriate reaction. The Association has members who have been, and are at present, the victim of hate campaigns, intimidation, vandalism, violence, and even terrorist attacks. The Association will therefor carefully balance the value of transparancy with the value of privacy, safety and security of its Members, and the Executive has the most complete competence to defend the interests of the Association and its Members.
ADOPTED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE APF JUNE 16th, 2015, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM