The Statute of INTEGRA
A Non-Governmental Organization
In accordance with Regulation 1999/22 of the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo, the following Statute shall govern the non-profit organization: “INTEGRA” with its headquarters in Prishtina.
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1 Name, Status, and Address 1.1 The name of the organization shall be “INTEGRA” (henceforth: “the organization) 1.2 It shall also be known as “Integra” 1.3 The organization shall be a non-profitable association, in accordance with this definition found under paragraph 2.2 of UNMIK Regulation 1999/22. The association is an independent organization with the status of a legal entity. INTEGRA is an organization of educational, cultural, and art creators, and of other creators who participate creatively in these activities within the territory of Kosovo. 1.4 The organization shall not distribute any net profits or profits as such, to any individual. The assets, income, and profit of the organization shall be used for the purpose of supporting the non-profitable objectives of the organization, and not for direct or indirect special benefits to individuals, be they the Founders, Director, Staff, or any member or donor of the organization. A reasonable amount of compensation shall be awarded to the above-mentioned persons for the work they carry out in the organization. 1.5 Any transaction carried out between members, members of the Steering Board, person or staff and the organization shall be concluded in real market values or under conditions, which are favorable for the organization. 1.6 The headquarters of the association shall be in Prishtina, Street Rrustem Statovci nn. Object 2, floor 3 No. 3. The organization is founded in June 12, 2001. It has two seals, a square and a round one, both containing text in English and Albanian language, as follows: NGO “Integra”. Prishtinë.
The Founders of the Organization
2.1 The following are the founders of the organization:
- Kushtrim Koliqi – Director
- Ilir Dauti – Member
- Valon Ejupi – Member
- Besfort Duraku – Member
2.2 The authorized representative of the organization in Kosovo and abroad is Kushtim Koliqi, the Director of the organization. 2.3 The authorized representative shall be appointed by the Steering Board and shall represent the organization in Kosovo and abroad. The authorized representative shall receive all official letters addressed to the organization. It shall be responsible for informing the relevant administrative authorities for any changes in the organization.
III. OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
The Objectives of the Organization
3.1 The organization has been established for the purpose of intensifying the development of education and culture. Its aim is involvement in fulfilling the highest parameters of civic life of the native identity in the field of education and culture, without limits within the national borders, by utilizing the achievements of the contemporary civilization and the advanced cultures of other nations.Integra includes three departments within it which are:
- Department of European Integration and Democratization
- Department of Reproductive Health
- Department of Culture
3.2 For the purpose of achieving its objectives the organization shall undertake, but not limit itself to, the following activities:
- in reproductive health:
- organize tribunes, round tables, advice;
- raising awareness re reproductive health
- publish magazines, catalogues, brochures, and other publications;
- organize collective, individual, and retrospective trainings;
- organize subject discussions, open talks, debates, propagandistic campaigns
- conduct opinion research and surveys among the youth on problems they are facing;
- propose different projects aimed at eliminating negative phenomena within the Kosovar society;
- integrate minorities of all ages in educational activities
- offer moral and material assistance to groups and individuals, (stimulate)
- organize gatherings, lectures, training sessions, seminars, and other projects from all genres of art and other subjects, in accordance with the laws in force.
- observance of important days re reproductive health
- organize national and international conferences
b. in culture
- create an environment that makes it possible for citizens and artists to fulfill their needs in the field of culture;
- organize film festivals (short films and documentaries);
- raising awareness re importance of culture
- organize theatre plays;
- organize cultural performances;
- create material conditions for promoting culture
- stimulate and involve the youth in cultural activities;
- organize exhibitions, colonies of painters, festivals, and seminars;
- promote new artists
- organize lectures in the filed of culture;
- organize competitions, photo-clubs and radio-clubs;
- set up artist’s clubs;
- organize permanent activities against drugs, prostitution, alcohol, and other negative phenomena in the society;
- integrate minorities of all ages in cultural activities;
- finance cultural activities;
- organize theatrical plays for children, colonies of actors, trips, and train and support new actors;
- organize other cultural projects in compliance with the laws in force;
c. in European integration and democratization
- promoting EU integration and democratizing
- promoting peace and stability in region of Balkans
- raising awareness re EU integration and democratizing
- organizing trainings, round tables, debates, lectures, etc.
- organizing study visits
- promoting freedom of movement and multiethnic life
- promoting human rights in general
- raise awareness re importance of youth activism
- promoting participation in integration processes
- organizing attractive propagandistic campaign
- observance of important days re European integration and democratization
- organizing national and international projects and conferences
- supporting integration and democratization processes
3.3 The organization shall enable, on voluntary basis, the cooperation between associations, foundations, and organizations that carry out similar activities in Kosovo or abroad.
IV. MEMBERSHIP Article 4 Membership in the Organization
4.1 Membership in the organization is open to any creator of education and/or culture.
4.2 The assembly of the members shall decide whether a membership fee is required.
Failure to pay membership fees, if such is requested in advance in written form, shall serve as a basis for expulsion from the organization.
4.3 The membership may also be terminated or suspended upon the decision of the member’s assembly, in cases when the actions of the concerned member have caused material or moral damage to the organization or its statue.
4.4 In case of suspension, the length of suspension shall be decided by the majority of the assembly members that are present.
V. GOVERNING BODIES Article 5 The Member’s Assembly
5.1 The member’s assembly (henceforth: the Assembly) is the highest governing body of the organization. It includes all members of the organization.
5.2 The Assembly shall have the highest responsibility on policy and financial matters of the organization.
5.3 Notwithstanding the competencies given to the Assembly under this Statute, the Assembly shall also have the authority to: determine the number of officials; decide on appointing or removing members of the Steering Board; approve reports from the officials; approve the owning assets based on determined values; decide on legal and ownership issues; decide on filed requests and complaints; amend the Statute, decide on accepting to join or expel members of the organization.
5.4 The Assembly may decide to delegate certain authorities to the Steering Board or to another body or person within the organization, after such a proposal has been approved by the majority of the Assembly members.
Article 6 Meetings of the Assembly
6.1 The Assembly shall meet at least once a year for the Annual General Session (AGS) for assessing and approving the budget, obligations, expenditures, and future projects.
6.2 The Assembly may also meet for an Extraordinary General Session (EGS), if such a session has been summoned by half of the Assembly members or by the Steering Board of the organization. The request for such a meeting must be addressed to the administrator, who shall inform all the members of such a session in accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraph 3 of the present Article 6.
6.3 Notification for an AGS or EGS in written form, including the date, place and time of the meeting, together with the agenda, shall be distributed to all the members of the Assembly ten (10) days before the date of the above-mentioned sessions.
6.4 The Assembly hold meetings only after at least half of its members are present. If this quorum has not been reached, the session shall be postponed for another date, and a new notice in written form shall be distributed to all members, notifying them of this change.
6.5 Each member of the organization shall have a vote in the Assembly.
6.6 The decisions of the Assembly shall be taken by the majority of the members that are present.
6.7 Each member of the Assembly has the right to abstain from voting or taking any decision which may result in a conflict of interest.
Article 7 Steering Board of the Organization
7.1 The Steering Board is an operative-executive body of the Assembly, which is responsible for fulfilling, implementing, and executing the decisions and conclusions of the Assembly. The Steering board is responsible before the Assembly.
7.2 Notwithstanding the competencies given to the Steering Board under this Statute, the Board shall also be responsible for controlling and managing the assets of the organization. The Steering Board must always act in accordance with the objective of the organization.
7.3 The Steering Board shall have the following competencies as well: rational management of finances and assets; implementation of conclusions reached by the Assembly; preparation of the Assembly meetings; proposition of new members for admittance in the organization; organization of actual and future work of the organization; representation of the organization and acting on behalf of the organization; nomination and appointment of representatives and assigning of duties to such representatives; conclude agreements and contracts.
7.4 The Steering Board is comprised of members of the organization. They shall be appointed individually by the majority of the Assembly votes. Each Board member shall serve for a term of four (4) years and shall keep the post until a new member takes the position.
7.5 The Steering Board shall have five members: the Director and four members.
7.6 The Steering Board members may be reappointed for many consecutive mandates;
7.7 The members of the Steering Board may be removed from office prior to the end of their mandate by the votes of the AGS and EGS of the Assembly.
7.8 In case of death, resignation, or removal from office of the Board members, the Assembly shall appoint a successor to serve for the remainder of the mandate.
7.9 The decisions of the Steering Board shall be taken by the majority.
7.10 The Steering Board may decide to present any matter to the Assembly for approval.
7.11 No payment or compensation shall be made to members of the Steering Board without prior approval from the Assembly, and only when such payment or compensation is justifiable and awarded on behalf of the work performed for the organization.
7.12 Each member of the Steering Board has the right to abstain from voting or taking any decision which may result in a conflict of interest. Article 8 Steering Board Competencies and Responsibilities 8.1 The Steering Board of the organization has the following competencies under this Statue as well:
- determine the number of officials;
- approve official’s reports;
- prepare amendments to the statute of the organization;
- prepare a work regulation and other normative acts;
- decide general path of action;
- review final account of financial reports from officials;
- approve relevant committee reports drafted in compliance with the provisions of this statute;
- prepare the work program and financial plan of the organization;
- manage the work program and policy of the organization;
- carries out tasks of the organization;
- reviews requests and complaints and takes decisions on them;
- appoints and delegates official representatives for involvement in the work and activities of other organizations;
- proposes individuals to become honored members of the organization;
- appoints permanent and provisional councils and committees, assigns duties, responsibilities, competencies;
- carries out other work in compliance with the laws in force.
Article 9Director of the Organization
9.1 The Director shall be selected among the members of the Steering Board of the organization. The director shall report to the Steering Board and the Assembly with respect to his/her works. The Director shall manage the work of the organization and represent the organization before the public, media, and relevant local and international institutions.
9.2 The term of office for the Director shall be four years. The mandate may end earlier upon the request of the Director; or in case he/she has seriously breached the law or the Statute; or does not fulfill the duties and obligations for which he/she has been appointed; or has caused material or moral damage to the organization.
9.3 The Director may refrain from implementing decisions, conclusions, or proposals that are deemed to be unlawful or not in the interest of the organization. Such action must be reported to the Steering Board and the Assembly. The final decision is then taken at the AGS of EGS.
9.4 The Director is responsible for all the tasks of the organization and the administrative matters thereto. The Director may authorize a member of the Steering Board to act in his/her absence.
Article 10 Duties and Competencies of the Director The Director shall have the following duties and competencies:
- ensures legitimacy in the work of the organization and Steering Board;
- works for a stronger material base and a good financial stand of the organization;
- governs and manages on the principles of a good economist, with permanent care for the financial situation of the organization;
- presents reports on his/her work and that of the organization, on the financial business and situation of the organization between two Assembly Sessions;
- carries out current and future tasks, pursuant to the annual plan and strategy;
- works on the advancement of the organization’s development plan;
- executes the decisions of the Assembly and of the Steering Board;
- prepares the meetings of the Steering Board;
- proposes new candidates for membership;
- manages rationally with the assets and means of the organization;
- informs the members of the Steering Board on the activities of the organization;
- reviews, concludes, and signs contracts and agreements on behalf of the organization, for which the Steering Board and Assembly decided;
- gives orders on matters related to material and financial activities;
- may delegate assigned competencies to one of the Steering Board members;
- chairs meetings of the Steering Board;
- convokes and sets times for Steering Board meetings;
- carries out other duties related to the post of director of the organization based on the authorizations and on the provisions of the Statute and in harmony with the laws in force.
Article 11 Artistic Council
11.1 The Artistic Council (the Council) is hereby formed for the purpose of conducting organized educational and cultural activities. The Council is a collective body consisting of three members appointed by the Steering Board for a mandate of four (4) years.
11.2 The Council is a professional body selected by eminent members of the education, culture, arts, and science community. The president of the Council is selected by the Steering Board.
11.3 The Council is a body, which determines the artistic activities of the organization, proposes and carries out the program of art activities, tends to and presents the artistic activities of the organization, and proposes creators for presentations in and out of the country.
11.4 The meetings of the Council shall be decided by the President of the Council. The invitations are send out in writing, together with the agenda, time, and place of the meeting.
11.5 The decisions of the Council shall be taken by the majority of the members present.
11.6 The Council shall hold meetings only after at least half of its members are present. If this quorum has not been reached, the meeting shall be postponed for another date. Each member of the Council shall have a vote in the Council meetings.
11.7 Each member of the Council has the right to abstain from voting or taking any decision which may result in a conflict of interest.
VI. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE Article 12 Officials and Staff
12.1 The Steering Board shall appoint officials or employ persons for the purpose of carrying out daily tasks concerning the organization. The time period for such employments shall be determined by the Steering Board, who shall inform the Assembly on all such appointments.
12.2 The officials shall be employed based on a written agreement, which details all income and other benefits that are awarded to the official. All payments must be reasonable and paid only for the work carried out for the organization.
VII. INFORMING THE MEMBERS Article 13 Informing the Members of the Organization
1.1 The work of the organization is open to the public. The public shall be informed through the media with respect to the activities of the organization.
1.2 For the purpose of informing the members of the organization and other entities, the Steering Board may undertake steps to create a body responsible for handing out information, a bulletin, or a magazine.
VIII. AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Article 14 Awards and Acknowledgments The organization, upon approval from the Assembly, may hand out awards, acknowledgments and diplomas to individuals and organizations for their outstanding results and important works in the field of education and culture. IX. ASSETS Article 15 Assets of the Organization
15.1 The assets of the organizations consist of movable property, material and financial rights, bonds, and other assets, which the organization has at its disposal to possesses and govern with.
15.2 The Assembly, Steering Body, and the Director respectively shall govern with the assets of the organization.
15.3 Assets, which are used for the activities of the organization, consist of: funds allocated by the Department of Culture, Youth and Sports through projects; funds donated by donors; income from copyright; income from auctions; membership fees; contributions; donations; remedies from legal and physical entities; income generated pursuant to the laws in force; X.
DISSOLUTION Article 16 Dissolution of the Organization
16.1 The organization may dissolve based on the decision of the majority of members of the Assembly.
16.2 After a decision on dissolution has been reached, the Assembly shall make known the name of the other organization or foundation that shall inherit the remaining assets of the organization, after all its debts have been cleared. The inheriting organization(s) or foundation(s) must have the same or similar objectives as the dissolved organization.
XI. AMENDMENTS Article 17 Amendments to the Statute The current Statute may be amended upon the decision of two-thirds of the majority of the Assembly members.
XII. MATERIAL AND FINANCIAL BUSINESS Article 18 Reporting Periods and Financial Year
18.1 The Steering Board and the appointed Officials shall present yearly reports before the Assembly, AGS or at any time as requested by the EGS.
18.2 The financial year of the organization shall comply with the calendar year.
XIII. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS Article 19 Transitional Provisions
19.1 All matters not regulated by this Statute shall be regulated by the Rules of Procedure and other sub-normative acts.
19.2 The organization may become a member of other similar local or international associations for the purpose of fully achieving its goals.
19.3 The organization shall become a legal entity upon registration in the NGO Register. This Statute has been approved by the Member’s Assembly in Prishtina.