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 European Foundation Statute

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What is the European Foundation Statute (EFS)?

The European Foundation Statute is an optional and simple tool that will help foundations to better channel their resources into improving the lives of European citizens in a wide range of areas.

Where the EFS proposal stan​ds?

The European Commission presented a proposal on a European Foundation Statute on 8 February 2012. This proposal has been shared with the Council of Ministers representing the governments of the 28 Member States for review and approval and the European Parliament for its consent:
   
  • Review by the Council of the Ministers of the EU 
In April 2012,  the Council of Ministers started a review of the EFS. This preparatory work was entrusted to a technical working group in charge of company law. The group held four meetings in 2012 and concluded the first reading of the proposal. Discussions have been resumed in 2013 under the lead of the Irish EU Presidency on 25 June 2013 and the Lithuanian EU Presidency on 9 September and 6 December to review an amended proposal without tax provisions.  
The Greek EU Presidency will pursue the review as of February 2014 with a view to concluding the negotiations in its current term.
  •  Endorsement by the European Parliament
On 2 July 2013 Members of the European Parliament voted by a large majority in support of a resolution for a European Foundation Statute.
 
On 30 May 2013 the Legal affairs committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of the report on the European Foundation Statute drafted by  Evelyn Regner, rapporteur on the EFS proposal. The Culture and Education committee had already adopted its opinion under the lead of the rapporteur Nadja Hirsch on 23 April 2013.  The EP initiated its work on the Statute with a hearing in November 2012.  The event  illustrated a great convergence of views among representatives from the sector, experts and members of the European Parliament. Read more here 
 
The European Parliament already pledged support to European statutes for foundations, associations and mutual societies with the signatures by a majority of its Members of a Written Declaration in February 2011. 
 
The European Parliament Legislative Observatory charts the status of the draft Regulation's legislative progress.
  • Endorsement by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

On 18 September 2012, the European Economic and Social Committee, the EU’s official advisory body on social and economic matters, gave a clear and strong backing to the Statute by approving with a large majority of the votes the opinion drafted by EESC member Mall Hellam. The opinion welcomes the European Commission proposal for a Regulation on a European Foundation Statute to support public-benefit activities and urges for its adoption by the Council and the European Parliament in due course.  

  • Endorsement by the Committee of the Regions
On 29 November 2012, the Committee of the Regions, the EU's advisory body representing regions and cities, adopted a favorable opinion on the Statute for a European Foundation at the initiative of rapporteur Claudette Brunet-Lechenault. The opinion underlines that the Statute has to reflect a need for simplification for foundations to work more effectively on cross-border projects in partnership with local stakeholders, outlining its potential for boosting European citizens' initiatives.  

Why is a European Foundation Statute needed?

Foundations and their funders are increasingly working across borders. However, a number of legal and administrative barriers are hampering foundations’ current work. The lack of appropriate legal tools means that new European initiatives by foundations are delayed or abandoned. 
 
A European Foundation Statute will offer them an appropriate legal tool to perform and increase their work and operations across Europe.
 
See background materials and proposals on the scope and content of a European Foundation Statute
 

How can you contribute to the process?

There are different ways in which you can contribute to the EFC's efforts to increase awareness and support for the creation of a European statute for foundations at European and national level.
 
 
What you can do:
 
• Share with us your experience and views on cross-border work and the EFS!
• Contact your national and European representatives!
 
If you would like to contribute please visit the Support the Statute page or contact us at eu@efc.be 

 

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