Statutes for the registered association

Association for Reshoring and Fair Competition ( VRfW )

§ 1 Name and registered office

The association should be entered in the association register and is called the Association for Reshoring and Fair Competition VRfW eV 

He is based in Berlin

Fiscal year is the calendar year.

§ 2 Purpose of the association

The VRfW advocates for a social market economy and free enterprise in Europe, which shares responsibility for a prosperous community. The VRfW advocates the relocation of production, fair international competition and strengthening the competitiveness of the European economy as a whole. The VRfW offers structurally shaping companies in Europe and neighboring regions a strong platform on which reshoring and competitive interests are formulated and communicated from a company perspective. The association works actively and in partnership with other institutions on the future-oriented development and marketing of Europe as a business location and is a corporate voice for all key aspects of reshoring and fair competition.

The association takes on the following tasks:

·     Networking of companies in Germany and Europe

·     Strategic positioning on economic and political issues

·     Discussion, voting and positioning on fundamental matters of particular importance for the European economic region

·     the integration of business into the economic development activities of Germany and Europe

·     Carrying out/offering events, conferences, seminars and other information and networking events

·     Support of location marketing activities for Germany and Europe

·     Initiation, support and financial support of economically relevant projects and activities with development and innovation potential for Germany and Europe

The association may become a member of other associations or accept other associations as members.

§ 3 Membership

Any natural or legal person with unlimited legal capacity can become a member. The management can object to the written application for membership within one month. Membership ends with death, resignation or exclusion from the association. Resignation can only take place at the end of a calendar year and must be communicated in writing three months before the end of the year. Membership fees are charged. The management decides on the due date and amount. In the event of gross violations of the association’s obligations, for example non-payment of membership fees despite a one-time reminder, the management can decide to exclude a member.

§ 4 General meeting

The general meeting consists exclusively of its full members. The vote is not transferable.

A general meeting is called by resolution of the management, stating the agenda and the individual items to be resolved. The general meeting should be convened at the latest before the end of the calendar year after next after the last general meeting. There may be a maximum of 36 months between two regular general meetings. The invitation must be published on the website at least two weeks before the date of the general meeting. An invitation by letter is not necessary.

An extraordinary general meeting must be called within 3 months if 10 percent of the full members demand that a general meeting be called, stating the reasons and submitting an agenda. The agenda can be supplemented by the presidium and the management. The previous paragraph applies accordingly to the invitation.

The day of the general meeting should be set at least two weeks in advance.

The general meeting elects a member of the executive board.

The general meeting decides on the basic program, the statutes, the election regulations as well as on their changes and additions. It receives the annual report and decides on the discharge of the management and the presidium. It also decides on the dissolution of the association.

The Presidium appoints the chairman of the meeting. This person does not have to be a member of the association. The chairman of the meeting leads the general meeting. The chair of the meeting has housekeeping rights during the general meeting. The general meeting has a quorum regardless of the number of eligible voters present.

The general meeting takes its decisions with a simple majority of the valid votes cast, unless the statutes or the law provide otherwise. To change the statutes, a majority of two-thirds of the valid votes cast is required; to dissolve the association, a majority of three-quarters of the valid votes cast is required. Abstentions count as votes not cast. Unless the general meeting decides otherwise, voting takes place by show of hands, in writing upon request, or by secret ballot.

The resolutions of the general meeting must be recorded in writing and signed by a person taking the minutes to be appointed by the chairman of the meeting. The minutes can be viewed by the management for two months from the first of the month following the general meeting for full members. Shipping to regular members takes place at their expense in accordance with the membership fee regulations.

§ 5 Presidium

The Executive Board consists of one to three members. An incumbent member can appoint up to two additional members of the executive board from among the full members of the association. The speaker is elected by the members of the Presidium from among themselves. If there is only one member, that member may use the title “Speaker”. The term of office is five years.

The Presidium is responsible for representative tasks and, together with the Chairman of the Management Board, for developing and presenting the basic political program. The Executive Board decides on the general meeting regulations.

The Executive Board appoints and dismisses the management. It monitors and advises the management.

If necessary, the Presidium will issue rules of procedure in which the matters requiring the approval of the management must also be regulated.

§6 The management

The management is the board of directors within the meaning of Section 26 of the German Civil Code (BGB). It consists at least of the chairman of the management board. The term of office is 4 years. The chairman of the management board remains in office until a new one is appointed and entered in the association register.

At the suggestion of the Chairman of the Management Board, the Presidium may appoint up to two deputies of the Chairman of the Management Board as additional members of the Management Board. These deputies are also members of the board within the meaning of Section 26 of the German Civil Code (BGB). Her term of office is two years.

Removal for important reasons remains unaffected.

Two members of the management jointly represent the association in and out of court within the meaning of Section 26 of the German Civil Code (BGB). If, in accordance with the statutes, only the chairman of the management board is appointed by the executive board, he alone represents the association in and out of court within the meaning of Section 26 of the German Civil Code (BGB).

The management is responsible for all association matters that are not expressly assigned to the executive board and the general meeting by the statutes.

The management can form working groups, support groups and specialist groups that support them in their association work and prepare resolutions.

Contractual relationships between the association and members of the executive committee and the management require the approval of the executive committee.

The management makes decisions in meetings called by the chairman. In addition, a decision by the management can also be made by written vote or by vote via telephone or electronic means of communication. Minutes must be kept of resolutions passed.

If a resolution is passed via a conference call of the members of the management, the resolution is only effective if a majority of the members of the management have not objected within one week of receipt of the minutes. The same applies mutatis mutandis to the decisions made by the Presidium.

The management has its own rules of procedure, which may contain provisions that deviate from the statutes due to the formalities. It can assign departments and powers to conclude relevant contracts to individual members of the management. Each member of the management board has one vote in management decisions; in the event of a tie, the chairman’s vote decides.

At the suggestion of the chairman, the management is entitled, if necessary, to appoint members of the presidium, the management or management or heads of functional organizational units as special representatives in accordance with Section 30 of the German Civil Code (BGB) in accordance with Section 30 of the German Civil Code (BGB) and to give them the associated responsibility for tasks related to ongoing administration or association work or for individual projects To transfer representation and management. The appointment of a special representative requires the approval of the Executive Board.

The special representatives are not entered in the register of associations. You will receive an appointment certificate from the chairman of the management board.

The tasks and responsibilities of the special representatives are regulated by the management in rules of procedure. The federal association externally together with a member of the management.

§7 Contribution regulations

The management decides on the contribution regulations and regulates the details of the contribution procedure. The collection of contributions is the responsibility of the management, which can delegate it to a management team. It can allow deviations in individual cases or waive a contribution in justified cases.

§8 Cash audit

The management appoints an auditor, who does not have to be a member of the association. The tasks are auditing the accounts and checking compliance with the association’s resolutions and the statutes. Further details can be regulated by examination regulations decided by the management.

§9 Entry into force

These statutes come into force upon entry in the register of associations.

Berlin, September 13, 2023