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European Network of Youth Centres - ENYC

For any further information concerning the Network, and should your organisation / structure/ body be interested in joining the Network, please, contact the Council of Europe Directorate of youth and sport at the following address:

European Network of Youth Centres
André-Jacques Dodin
Tel. ++03 88 41 23 00
Fax. ++03 88 41 27 78
E-mail. Andre-Jacques.DODIN@coe.int

The European Network of Youth Centres for international and inter-cultural learning - ENYC 

New centres for Europe's young

Many countries have developed youth centres for their own young people. Most of these serve particular neighbourhoods or particular groups of young people. Some may have a regional or national role. Some have an inter-cultural or international character. All can play a part in giving young people a greater sense of being European, and world, citizens. Such youth centres can simulate a harmonious Europe so that one day it will exist.

What is a Youth Centre for Inter-cultural and International Learning?

A youth centre which consciously promotes intercultural and international understanding has a number of key features:

Given the great diversity of youth provision in Europe, youth centres in different countries vary greatly in the scale of their involvement in these matters. To be a member of the European Network a Centre is expected to have facilities of a high quality, including easy access to residential accommodation. It will also have staff who are able to engage young people in learning about inter-cultural and international matters through their active participation. As they develop, these centres may well offer forms of accredited training for young people and youth workers in the nature of intercultural learning.

How does the European Network operate?

The Network is a voluntary association of centres which subscribe to the goals and methods set out above. It was established in 2003 and is still developing its work.

The Network proposes to:

The Network, which is formally constituted in French law, is governed by an annual assembly and a small Bureau (Executive Board). It has a formal partnership agreement with the Council of Europe through its Youth Directorate. Its working language is English.

European Network of Youth Centres website

List of member organisations in 2010 

Member Organisations:

Armenia/Arménie
Armenian Young Women’s Association

Bulgaria/Bulgarie
Network of Youth Centres “Major”

Czech Republic/République tchèque
National Institute of Children and Youth of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Finland/Finlande
Finnish Youth Centres organization

Greece/Grèce
Youth Centre of Corinthia

Italy/Italie
EURO-NET

Luxembourg
Training Centre Eisenborn

Serbia/Serbie
Yugoslav Youth Information Centre

Slovakia/Slovaquie
Centrum volneho casu Junior / Regional Youth Center in Banska Bystrica
Regionalne Centrum Mladezc / Regional Youth Center in Kosice
CVČ – Regionálne centrum mládeže / Regional youth centre

Slovenia/Slovénie
Network MaMa (ENYC section)

United Kingdom/Royaume Uni
The National Youth Agency,England

Associated members:

Croatia/Croatie
Youth Centre for Non formal education - Creators, not consumers

Macedonia/Macédoine
Youth Centre creACTive – Kavadarci

Slovenia/Slovénie
CEZAM Ruše

Turkey/Turquie
S&G - System and Generation Association

Bureau 2009-2012 

President/Présidente
Great Britain
Ms Viv Mckee

Vice President/Vice-président
Bulgaria
Mr Ivan Modev

Secretary/Secrétaire
Finland
Ms Ritva Saarikettu

Treasurer/Trésorier
Greece
Mr Panos Poulos

Members/Membres
Slovenia
Mr Juri Sarman

Czech Republic
Ms Michaela Tuzilova

Slovakia
Ms Erika Munkova

Honourable Members/Membres d’honneur

United Kingdom
Mr Tom Wylie

Slovakia
Ms Jarmila Lipkova

Slovenia
Ms Zorko Skvor

Bulgaria
Ms Nadia Marinova

Statutes of the European Network of Youth Centres 

CHAPTER I: PURPOSE AND COMPOSITION

Article 1
An association shall be created with the name “European network of youth centres”.
This association shall be set up in accordance with the local regime of the law on associations of the Lower Rhine, Upper Rhine and the Moselle governed by Articles 21-79 of the local Civil Code maintained in force by the civil Introductory Act of 1 June 1924.

The registered office shall be at the following address:
Maison des Associations, 1a Place des Orphelins, F-67000 Strasbourg.

The association shall be registered at the District Court of Strasbourg.

Article 2
The association shall be set up for an unlimited period.

Article 3
The aims of the Association are:

Article 4
The aims of the association shall be free from self-interest. It shall be non profit-making. Any surpluses shall be re-invested in the activities of the association in accordance with the aims laid down.

Article 5
As laid down in Article 31 of the local Civil Code, the association shall be liable for any harm the administration, or any other representative appointed in accordance with the statutes, causes to a third party by any act for which liability shall be incurred, carried out in the performance of his or her duties.

Article 6
The association shall be composed of full members, associate members and honorary members.

Full membership shall be open to non-profit making youth centres being involved in education and training in the context of non-formal education/learning, capable of providing the necessary facilities, and acting in a context of public interest, whether they have legal personality or they belong to a federation, or they are placed under the supervision of a local or regional authority or a public body.

Full members are bodies or equivalent entities, which subscribe to the aims of the association and to the present Statute, and pay the subscription.

Associate membership shall be open to bodies, institutions or authorities with interest of whatever kind in education and training of young people, in the context of non-formal education/learning and in a European context, provided that they declare their allegiance to the network’s aims and principles.

Honorary membership shall be open to individuals who have served the network with distinction.

Only full members shall have the right to vote in the Association’s bodies. Associate members and honorary members shall only have consultative status.

Article 7
Applications for full membership or associate membership shall be made to the Bureau in writing and shall state the applicant's reasons for applying. The Bureau shall determine an application within three months of its receipt. An applicant or a member of the association may appeal to the General Assembly against decisions of the Bureau by a registered letter addressed to the President of the association.

Honorary membership shall be granted by the General Assembly by a three-quarters majority of members present or represented.

Honorary membership shall not take effect until accepted in writing by those receiving it.

The Bureau shall keep a list of members.

Article 8
Membership of the association shall lapse if the subscription is not paid.

The Bureau may decide to exclude a member in the event of serious violation of the aims or other statutory rules or for any other action seriously prejudicial to the association. It may also decide to exclude a member who is no longer active in his country in the domains in which he is involved, or who is no longer active within the framework of the network. The member concerned may appeal to the General Assembly within one month of notification of the decision.

CHAPTER II: ADMINISTRATION AND FUNCTIONING

A. General Assembly

Article 9
The General Assembly of the association shall be composed of all members who have paid their subscription.

It shall meet in ordinary session once a year and, as provided for in Article 36 of the local Civil Code, each time the interests of the association so require, by convocation from the President on the dates he or she determines.

The President shall also convene exceptional sessions of the Assembly at the request of the Bureau or one third of the members within two months of such a request being made.

The agenda shall be drawn up by the Bureau.

Convocations shall be accompanied by the agenda and shall be sent to members in writing at least fifteen days before the date of the session.

Only decisions taken on questions which have appeared on the agenda shall be valid.

Article 10
The General Assembly shall have the following powers:

General Assembly resolutions shall be taken by a two-third majority of the members present or represented. Members shall be entitled to a maximum of two proxy votes.

In accordance with Article 34 of the local Civil Code, no member shall have the right to vote on resolutions concerning legal acts or judicial actions concerning him or her.

There shall be no departure from Article 32 of the local Civil Code which provides that a resolution shall be valid even where no assembly of the members has been convened if all the members agree to the resolution in writing.

Minutes shall be taken of proceedings. The minutes shall be signed by the President and the Secretary General and recorded in a register kept for that purpose.

B. Bureau

Article 11
The Bureau shall run the association within the meaning of the local Civil Code, in particular Articles 26, paragraphs 27-30, 42, 58-3°, 59, 67 and 72 of the said Code.

It shall be composed of a maximum of seven members who shall include the President, Vice-President, Secretary General and Treasurer of the association.

The members of the Bureau shall be chosen by the General Assembly from among its members for a period of three years. Their term of office may be renewed once.

The decisions of the Bureau are taken by unanimity, otherwise by a majority of its members, the President having a quality vote if necessary.

The Bureau may decide to invite other persons to attend its meetings in a consultative capacity.

Under Article 27, paragraph 2 of the local Civil Code, the Bureau may be dismissed by the General Assembly.

Article 12
The Bureau shall meet as often as it so decides according to the procedures it shall determine.

It shall take all the decisions necessary for the administration and day-to-day running of the association which do not fall to the General Assembly or have not been delegated to the President under law, the statutes or a decision.

It shall open a single bank or post office account relating all the association’s financial transactions.

In its administrative capacity, the Bureau shall ensure that all legal entries and notifications are made in the Register of Associations.

In the event of liabilities exceeding assets, the Bureau shall request the initiation of bankruptcy proceedings.

The Bureau shall keep a register of its decisions, which shall be signed by the President.

The Bureau may delegate, to one or more of its members, all or some of the powers vested in it.

Article 13
The President shall ensure that the statutes are complied with and that the moral and financial interests of the association are safeguarded. He or she shall ensure that the day-to-day business of the association is carried out in accordance with the decisions of the Bureau. Responsibility for the legal, judicial and extra-judicial representation of the association in all matters of civil life shall fall to him or her within the administration. He or she shall be able to perform alone all such actions as well as those provided for by Articles 59, 64, 67, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 76 of the local Civil Code. He or she shall also be able to delegate to other members of the Bureau his or her legal representation duties.

The President shall notify the District Court of Strasbourg within three months of all decisions concerning changes in the composition of the Board of Administration, amendments to the Statutes, transfer of the registered office or dissolution.

The President shall be elected by the General Assembly for a period of three years by a two-thirds majority of the members present or represented. His or her term of office shall be renewable only once.

The General Assembly may dismiss him or her by the above-mentioned majority.

If the post of President falls vacant, the First Vice-President shall become Acting President.

Article 14
The Vice-President shall be elected by the General Assembly, by a two-thirds majority of the members present or represented, for a period of three years. His or her term of office shall be renewable only once.

The General Assembly may dismiss him or her by the above-mentioned majority.

Article 15
The Secretary General of the association shall be responsible for the day-to-day management of the association.

He or she shall keep minutes of decisions and update the list of members.

He or she shall be appointed by the General Assembly, by a simple majority of the members present or represented, for a period of three years. His/her term of office may be renewed once.

The General Assembly may dismiss him or her by the above-mentioned majority.

Article 16
The Treasurer shall ensure that the accounts are kept in order and shall keep accurate and reliable records of receipts and expenditure.

He or she shall, in collaboration with the President, submit the financial report and provisional budget of the association.

He or she shall be appointed by the General Assembly for a renewable period of three years, by a simple majority of the members present or represented. His/her term of office may be renewed once.

The General Assembly may dismiss him or her by the above-mentioned majority.

Article 17
The respective powers of the organs mentioned in Articles 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 may be specified in rules of procedure.

C. Resources

Article 18
The resources of the association shall be composed of:

CHAPTER III: AMENDMENTS TO THE STATUTES AND DISSOLUTION

Article 19
The Statutes may be amended only on the proposal of the Bureau or half the active members up-to-date with their subscriptions. An Extraordinary General Assembly, convened to decide upon such amendments, shall be composed of at least half of its members. If this proportion is not reached, the General Assembly shall be reconvened fifteen days later. It may then decide whatever the number of members present.

A two-third majority of the members present is necessary for a decision in this respect.

Article 20
Dissolution of the association shall be pronounced at the request of the Bureau, by an Extraordinary General Assembly of the members convened specially for this purpose according to the rules laid down in Article 9.

The General Assembly convened to pronounce shall include at least half the members of which it is composed plus one.

If this proportion is not reached, the Assembly shall be reconvened fifteen days later. It may then decide whatever the number of members present. In any event, dissolution shall be decided only by a two-thirds majority of the members present.

In the event of dissolution, the General Assembly shall appoint one or more liquidators to liquidate the assets of the association. It shall donate the net assets to one or more associations pursuing a similar goal.

The present Statutes were adopted by the Constitutive Assembly held in Strasbourg on 29 September 2003.