§ 1 Name and Headquarters
||The name of the organisation is "Europäisches Verpackungsinstitut
e.V." or "European Packaging Institute"
||The headquarters of the organisation are in Leipzig.
||The organisation pursues purposes which are exclusively
and immediately of benefit for the public in the sense of the section
"Tax-deductible Purposes of the Tax Law".
||A financial year is a calendar year.
§ 2 Purposes of the Organisation
The organisation has the following purposes:
||To promote exchange and co-operation in every question
related to research and de-velopment in the field of packaging in
Europe and to make accessible to its members new findings and experiences
from Europe and countries outside Europe.
||To develop the co-operation in research as well as
in education and further education on the national and the international
level and to organise the elaboration of studies of the level of expertise
as well as the level of education and further education.
||To test new ways of co-operation in order to solve
current problems of packaging by bringing together scientists and
people with practical experience.
||To support consumer protection by investigating the
use of packaging and a systematic public relations work.
||To organise conferences, symposia, courses and seminars
for the exchange of expert knowledge and for further education and
to publish important advances in research and practice. The work of
the Institute concerns all questions of packaging from the development
of pack-ages to their recycling. The Institute is available to the
organs of the European Union, the authorities of the European countries
and other institutes and organisations working in Europe as a means
of contact. The information provided by the Institute is neutral and
§ 3 Charitable Status
|| The activities of the European Packaging Institute
are selfless. It does not pursue eco-nomic purposes in the first place.
||Funds of the European Packaging Institute must only
be used for purposes ac-cording to the rules of the EPI.
||The members do not receive funds on the basis of their
membership of the EPI.
||Nobody must be aided and abetted by expenses which
are alien to the pur-poses of the Institute or by unreasonably high
|| In the case of a disbanding of the Institute or the
discontinuation of tax-deductible purposes the property goes to a
public body or another body with tax-deductible purposes in order
to use it for scientific purposes of benefit to the public.
§ 4 Membership
|| Every natural or artificial person who is willing
to support the purposes stated in §2 above can become a member of
the EPI. Membership includes individuals, institutes, unions, companies,
and honorary members.
|| The Institute has full members and sponsoring members.
||The application for membership must be
presented to the board in writing.
||The annual membership fee is fixed by the board.
||Membership ends with leaving, death, deletion from
the list of members, or ex-clusion. The board decides on the admission,
deletion or exclusion of members. Membership can be cancelled by a
letter to the board sent by registered post and with a period of notice
of six months.
|| Every member has the right to make use of the services
of the institute, to make suggestions, and to demand information on
the activities of the Institute.
§ 5 Organs
The organs of the European Packaging Institute are the following:
|| the general meeting,
|| the board
||expert groups and work groups
§ 6 The General Meeting
|| The ordinary general meeting takes place at least
once in three years.
|| The general meeting is called by the board in writing
with an eight-week period.
|| A general meeting must be called if a third of the
members demands it and states the reasons for the meeting.
||The meeting is presided by a member of the board.
||Decisions are taken by ballot if at least ten members
||The purpose of the general meeting is the discussion
of the results of the Insti-tute's work and the aims followed in future
work. In connection with this the meeting discusses the report of
the Institute, decides on its authorisation, elects the board and
discusses changes of the rules.
||Each member has one vote in the general meeting; each
co-operative member has two votes. Decisions need a single majority
of the members present. Other members can be authorised to make a
proxy vote in writing. The authori-sation must be given to the member
carrying out the proxy vote for each meet-ing separately. Members
who are entitled to two votes can only vote uniformly.
||The decisions of the general meeting have to be taken
down in a record that has to be signed by the secretary and the president.
§ 7 The Board
The board is elected by the general meeting for a period of three years,
beginning with the day of election. They remain in office until the next
election. Re-elections are per-mitted. If a member of the board leaves
the board during the period of office, the board is permitted to choose
a replacement for the time until the next general meeting.
|| The board consists of the president, two vice presidents,
the secretary, the treasurer, and other people the number of which
is determined according to the number of the countries who participate
in the work of the Institute.
|| The board determines the guidelines for the work of
the Institute on the basis of the decisions of the general meeting
and convokes the general meeting.
||The president, his deputies, and the secretary represent
the Institute in a court of law and out of court. Each of them is
entitled to represent the Institute on their own at any time.
||The board can appoint a managing director.
||The board can establish expert and work groups for
the purposes mentioned in § 2.
|| The board set up guidelines for the work of the expert
and work groups, deter-mines the tasks and aims of these groups and
co-ordinates their co-operation.
§ 8 Financial Affairs
The financial affairs must be checked every fiscal year by auditors appointed
by the general meeting.