Statute

​REGULATIONS of GREEN BALKANS NON-PROFIT SOCIETY



(1) GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND ACTIVITIES
Art. 1. The Non-profit Society is called Green Balkans (the Society) and is a voluntary organisation for the
implementation of socially useful activities for the conservation environment.
Art. 2 The Society is a national organisation, incorporating the efforts of environmentalists of the whole country,
aiming to conserve and restore the nature ecosystems and their genetic stock.
Art. 3. The Society is an independent juridical person with residence in Plovdiv city.
Art. 4. The Society is a member of Green Balkans Federation.
Art. 5. The Society cannot be a member of political parties and organisations.
Art. 6. In its activities the Society is guided by the legislation of Republic of Bulgaria, the Regulations of Green
Balkans Federation and these Regulations.
Art. 7. The organisation accomplishes and cultivates contacts with interested state, community, international and
other organisations interested in joint developments and in conducting environmental activities.
(2) GOALS
Art. 8. The basic goal is studying, conserving and restoring the biological diversity on the area of the Republic of
Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula.
Art. 9. Development of ecological and environmental culture among the broad strata of society and volunteer
public involvement in practical activities, concerning biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
Art. 10. Development of effective system of voluntary public control for the protection Bulgarian and
international nature conservation legislation.
(3) ACTIVITIES FOR OBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHMENT
Art. 11. The members of the society watch closely for activities and violations affecting the existence, integrity
and state of nature ecosystems and their genetic stock.
Art. 12. Organize and implement quick actions as a reaction to already accomplished or impending infringement
of environmental laws, and decisions of organizations and individuals breaking the laws of nature.
Art. 13. Place at authorised institutions and provide the public with full information, concerning the damages,
resulting from the violations and the particular perpetrators of the violations and engages itself as public denunciator at
trials of similar character.
Art. 14. Using various forms (the media, gathering of signatures etc.) engage public opinion with all the issues,
concerning nature conservation and sustainable development of areas of rich biodiversity.
Art. 15. Work independently or in cooperation with other organisations on projects for the conservation of rare
species and habitats, and submits proposals for the designation of new protected areas.
Art. 16. Develop and implements independently or in cooperation with other organisations programmes for
sustainable development and management of nature resources.
Art. 17. Develop programmes for public involvement and support in the reform of the nature conservation
legislation, in accordance with the international and European strategies, conventions and directives for the
conservation of the biological diversity.
Art. 18.
(4) Organization of ecology and environmental circles and circles for the other biology subjects in the secondary
schools
(5) Organization of scientific, practical and training expeditions, aiming also to accomplish control functions,
concerning the state and the conservation regime of the protected natural areas;
(6) Organization of popular lecture courses and film shows with ecology and environmental themes;.
Art. 19. Annually organise and implements volunteer working holidays with the aim of conserving and restoring
the habitats of rare species.
Art. 20. Assistance and help for its members, working in scientific institutes and departments, for issues related to
biological diversity.
Art. 21. The society engages itself to improve consistently the scientific, methodical and practical skills of its
members in the field of conservation biology and sustainable resource management.
Art. 22. The Society, after the decision taken by the Managing Board, can implement additional economic
activities, related to the main activities: publishing, producer’s and impresario’s activities, publicity, commercial,
scientific-methodic, consultation and expertise, sociologic research, green schools, excursions and eco-tourism,
production and processing of agriculture products, veterinary-medicine activities, conservation and restoration
activities, waste management and others activities, not restricted by law, related to the main activities without sharing
profit, but using the incoming funds for the implementation of nature-conservation programmes and projects.
(7) STRUCTURE
a. MEMBERSHIP
Art. 23. The society is organized on the base of membership legal relationships.
(1) Only physical persons can be society members, or authorised representatives of juridical
persons.
(2) Every Bulgarian or foreign citizen can become a member of the society after a written
declaration.
(3) The applicants who want to become members, being foreign physical persons or authorised
representatives of Bulgarian juridical persons, are affirmed by the Managing Board with a
majority of 2/3.
Art. 23 a. Membership in the Society is suspended by
(8) unilateral written will to the Managing Board
(9) death or persons under judicial disability
(10) expel under art. 24 of these Regulations
(11) cessation of the Society
(12) irrelevance
Art. 24. (1) The General Assembly of the Society can expel members without their agreement in the following
cases:
- violation of the regulations;
- abuse of possessions;
- violation of the environmental legislation.
(2) The Managing Board and each member of the society can propose to the General Assembly the
exclusion of a member
(3) In cases of identifies gross violations of the Regulations, lowering of the reputation of the
society or abuse of possessions, the Managing Board can decide to expel members, who can
appeal to the General Assembly. The General Assembly can make decision for the reinstatement
of the membership with a qualified majority of 2/3.
Art. 25 Membership of the society can be of two kinds:
(13) Members-adherents - all members accepted under common rules, described in art. 23, without
any limitations and requirements for a financial or any other input of the society
(14) Volunteer members – their statute is defined under art. 26 of these Regulations.
Art. 26. Members can be nominated as volunteer members if they :
1. Have minimum of six-month membership in the organization, get regularly
informed about current activities and active attitude towards the issues of the
organization. They have to meet one of the following requirements or a
combination of them:
-donation of 100 BGL
-volunteer labour or participation in nature conservation campaigns, equaled to 10 mandays.
-provision possibilities for the organization, provision of information and consultations,
advocacy, lobbying on a local and national level.
-popularization of the organization’s ideas by attracting at least ten new members
2. Have provided financial or possessions donations of the value of at least 500 BGL
3. Have provided assistance or intercession in fundraising (minimum of 2000 BGL)
from corporate sponsors, municipal, state or international organizations
4. Prominent persons and people active in nature conservation, science, art and
culture, who promote the good image of the organization
Art. 27. Nominations of volunteer members can be proposed:
(1) self nominating by completing of a standard membership application form, giving evidence for
the contribution
(1) after proposals submitted to the General Assembly,
(2) the Managing Board affirms the nominated volunteers, considering as initial date the date of
submitting the application form, as mentioned in item (1).
Art. 28. Each member of the organisation has the following rights and obligations:
(1) To elect and be elected in the managing and control authorities of the society;
(2) To use the possessions of the society following the appropriate order and carefully looking after
it;
(3) To receive information about the activities of the society within 30 days after a written request
(4) Not to lower the name and reputation of the society and to keep the confidential information
safe.
(5) To pay his (her) membership fee as defined by the General Assembly.
Art. 29. The General Assembly can elect as honorary members Bulgarian and foreign public men and
scientists that had contributed to environmental practice and ecology. They are accepted at their own free will.
Art. 30. The rights and duties, with the exclusion of the possessions, are untransferable and do not fall into
possession of other persons in the case of death, respectively in the case of cessation.
B. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Art.31 (1) The Supreme Body of the society is the General Assembly.
(2) The General Assembly is summoned on a delegate principle. Delegates of the Assembly can be members,
meeting the criteria described in Art. 26 and condition of art. 27 (3) of these Regulations.
Art. 32 The General Assembly is summoned by the Managing Board once a year or at the request of 1/3 of the
members of the society. . If in the latter case the Managing Board do not send invitations within one month period of
time to summon the General Assembly, it is summoned by the court of the organisation’s main office at the request of
the interested members or a person, delegated by them
Art. 33. The General Assembly is summoned with preliminary written announcement to its members, notifying
the agenda, the date and the place of the meeting and whose initiative it is. The invitation is published in the State
Newspaper and is announced at a noticeable Place in the society at least a month before the fixed date.
Art. 34. The General Assembly is considered legal when the necessary majority (50%+1) is present. In case the
members present are less than the necessary majority the meeting is delayed for an hour, and after that takes place with
the same agenda proposal and can be held no matter the number of participants present.
Art. 35 Each member of the General Assembly has the right of one vote and votes personally. This is also valid
for the authorised representatives of the juridical persons as members.
Art. 36. (1) The General Assembly takes a decision in all practical cases which of the items to be voted
secretly or openly;
(2)The authorities are in all cases balloted secretly;
(3) The open vote is accomplished by a show of hands, polled by people, appointed by the assembly;
(4) The secret vote is accomplished by a commission voted openly in accordance with the customary
order and the results of the vote are announced immediately by the chairman of the commission.
Art. 37 (1) The General Assembly is opened by the chairman of the society, who proposes the agenda and the
managing body
of the meeting (chairman and a record-keeper);
(3) The meeting is presided by the chairman elected. The record-keeper keeps a record of the
session, which is signed by him and the chairman and is kept termlessly. Each proposal made at
the meeting is voted openly;
(3) No decision can be taken, concerning issues not included in the agenda and announced
beforehand
(4) No decisions ca be taken, considering issues not included in the agenda and announced
beforehand.
Art. 38. The decisions of the assembly are taken with simple majority, but in cases when the regulations are
changed, the activities of the organisation are terminated, the society is integrated with another one or a member of the
society is turned out, the votes of 2/3 of the participants are necessary.
Art. 39. No member has the right to vote when issues, concerning himself (herself), his wife (her husband),
member of the lateral branch of the family or relatives, connected by marriage up to second degree, are being
discussed.
Art. 40 The General Assembly accomplishes the following functions:
(4) Modifies and adds to the Regulations
(5) Elects and exempts members of the Managing Board
(6) Discusses issues, concerning the relationship of the society with other physical and juridical
persons
(7) Determines the size of the membership fee;
(8) Expels members of the society
(9) Takes a decision to terminate the activities of the society or to integrate it with another one;
(10) Determines and approves the budget of the society
(11) Accepts the activity report of the Managing Board
(12) Cancels decisions made by other bodies of the society that are in controversy with the law and
the current Regulations.
(13) Makes decisions for opening and closing of branches, meeting the requirements of Art. 49 of
these Regulations.
C. THE MANAGING BOARD
Art. 41. The Managing Board is elected by the General Assembly for at most three years and consists of at least
three persons. At least half of the members of the Managing Board must have been members of the society for two
years running and must have actively participated in its work.
Art. 42 Members of two-year membership in the Society can be elected for the Managing Board if they meet the
following requirements:
(14) Members of the Society with real contribution to the development of the organisation who put
efforts for the regular provision of information about the current activities and issues of the
organisation and meet one of the conditions:
i. financial aid, donation of minimum 1000 BGL
ii. volunteer labour for the development of the organisation of at least 50 mandays
iii. provision of possibilities for the organisation, as well as information consultations, advocacy
and lobbying on national and international level,
iv. donation of possessions or provision of possibilities to use movable and real estates, which
saves minimum of 2000 BGL.
v. or combination of all items mentioned above.
vi. in cases when there is a doubtless contribution coming from the applicant for a member of the
Managing Board, but it is impossible to relate it to the above criteria, the General Assembly
votes by simple majority the nomination of the applicant after a discussion on his/her
contribution.
vii. significant financial and possessions assistance estimated in more than 10 000 BGL. When
being nominated the applicants under this item do not need to be discussed and can be
proposed directly to the General Assembly.
(15) physical persons delegated representatives of juridical persons, having donated significant
funds or possessions for institutional or organisational strengthening of the organisation.
i. financial donations of minimum 10,000 BGL
ii. movable and real estates of 20,000 BGL
Art. 43 (1) In one weeks term after its election the Managing Board elects a chairman
(2) The sessions of the Managing Board are legal in case 2/3 of its members are present; they are
held on a monthly basis.
(16) The decisions of the Managing Board are taken with simple majority and open vote, except in
cases when the Executive Director is appointed and when a qualified majority is requested.
(17) The decisions of the Managing Board for elimination, disposition of possessions, definition of
internal rules and order of work for common benefit, are made by each member.
Art. 44. The Managing Board accomplishes the following functions::
(1) The members of the Managing Board represent the society together and separately.
(2) Organizes the implementation of the decisions of the General Assembly;
(3) Manages directly the practical, the organizational and the financial-accounting activities of the
society and plans them;
(4) Looks after and disposes of the possessions of the society
(5) Summons the General Assembly and prepares its sessions;
(6) Presents a detailed report for the period following the last General Assembly and answers the
questions and the report of the Monitoring Inspection Committee at the General Assembly;
(7) When necessary authorizes physical and juridical persons to presents the society, issuing them
written warrant of attorney;
(8) When necessary hires people with a civil contract or appoints them as paid regular staff
/Executive Manager, Technical Secretary, etc./ and determines their rights and obligations.
(9) The members of the Managing Board have a joint liability for the undertaken obligations on
behalf of the society and the damages caused to it.
(10) A declaration of will submitted to the Society, duly received by one of the members of the
Managing Board, is considered duly received by the Society.
(11) Defines the internal rules and the order for the implementation of the work of common benefit
(12) Affirms the nominated volunteers that meet the criteria of Art. 26 of these Regulations
(13) Makes decisions for the actualising of economic activities implemented by the Society in
accordance with Art. 22 of these Regulations
(14) Identifies the address of the Society
(15) Makes decisions on all issues, which by law or in accordance with these Regulations, do not
fall into the authority of any other body.
Art. 45. The Chairman of the Managing Board:
(1) Summons the Managing Board at least once in two months;
(2) Chairs the sessions of the Managing Board or authorises another member of the Managing
Board.
(3) Represents the society before all physical and juridical persons;
Art. 46. The Chairman of the Managing Board or the person authorised by him:
(1) Prepare documents and information for the sessions of the Managing Board and announce all
members of the Managing Board in at least a weeks term prior the session,
(2) Manages and keeps the records of the sessions of the Managing Board and the General
Assembly.
Art. 47. The Executive Director, appointed in accordance with art. 44, par. 8 of these Regulations, must
answer the following requirements: be a member of the society for two consecutive years and to meet the
requirements defined in Art. 42, par. 1, items i. or ii. or iii. of these Regulations.
D. BRANCHES
Art. 48. Branches that are not independent juridical persons can be established in separate settlements.
Art. 49. A branch can be established with minimum of 20 members of the society, of which five at least should
meet the requirements of Art. 26 of these Regulations.
Art. 50. The members of the branch must elect a person to be their manager that meets the requirements of Art.
42.
Art. 51. Provided that there are no applicants for the position of the Branch Manager, meeting the requirements of
Art. 42 of these Regulations, a correspondent to the branch is elected, in relation to the requirements of Art. 26 of
these Regulations.
Art. 52. The manager or the correspondent of the branch have the right to be present at all sessions of the
Managing Board.
Art. 53. The manager or the correspondent of the branch do not take advantage when a Managing Board is being
elected.
V. POSSESSIONS
Art. 54 (1) The possessions of the society are formed by membership fee, donations, testaments, etc.
(2) The possessions are spent to achieve the goals, presented in these Regulations.
(3)The possessions of the society are managed by the Managing Board or people, authorized by it in
written and in accordance with regulations and the country legislation.
(4) The possessions of the society, when being eliminated, left after the remedy of the creditors, is
given, after the decision made by the Court, to a society, registered as a juridical person and
implementing beneficial to the public activities with the same non-profit goal.
VI. TERMINATION
Art. 55 (1) Green Balkans Society does not have a final date of existence;
(2) The society can be terminated only by the decision of the General Assembly or in the cases foreseen by
the law.
The address of the Society is: 160 Shesty Septemvry Blvd., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria, tel/fax +359 26 45 16