The European Parliament has recently adopted a Declaration on establishing European statutes for associations, foundations and mutual societies.
Find the Written Declaration below:
The European Parliament,
- having regard to its resolution of 19 February 2009 on social economy,
- having regard to its resolution of 20 May 2010 on delivering a single market to consumers and citizens,
- having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,
- whereas society’s wealth and stability derive from its diversity of entrepreneurship, and whereas associations, mutual societies and foundations contribute to that diversity by providing a distinctive business model based on core values, namely solidarity, democratic supervision and preferring social objectives over gain,
- whereas, while associations, mutual societies and foundations have so far developed in a primarily national context, they need to improve cross-border access in order to maximise their entrepreneurial potential in the EU,
- Notes that there is a need to create a ‘level playing field’ that provides associations, mutual societies and foundations with instruments and opportunities equivalent to those available to other organisational legal structures, thereby giving a European dimension to their organisation and activities;
- Calls on the Commission to take the necessary steps to introduce proposals for European statutes for associations, mutual societies and foundations, to propose a feasibility study and an impact assessment for the statutes for associations and mutual societies, and to complete the impact assessment for the statute for foundations in due course;
- Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.