person or legal entity that supports the associations goals and
acknowledges these statutes can become a member.
application for membership must be made in writing; it is decided on
by the executive committee. Their decision can be objected against to
the general meeting. The objection must be made in writing to the
executive committee within one month after receipt of the executive
committees decision. The next general meeting will decide about the
objection by vote; a simple majority will decide.
member has the obligation to pay membership dues. The amount of the
membership dues will be decided on by the general meeting in a Decree
of Dues. Delayed payment of dues will be deemed a breach of duty as
stated in § 4 section 6 sentence 1. The Decree of Dues can demand
higher dues for legal entities; it can contain the possibility of
reduction in suitable cases and contain regulations concerning the
mode of payment.
ends with the death of a person, by the dissolution or liquidation of
a legal entity, by withdrawal or by expulsion.
from the association must be declared in writing to the executive
committee. It becomes effective immediately unless a different period
is stated. Dues already paid will not be reimbursed.
member can be expelled from the association by a decision of the
executive committee if he or she grossly acted against the
associations interest; the member must be given an opportunity to
make a statement or justify himself or herself before the decision is
made. The member can appeal against the decision in a way analogous to
the one described in § 4 section 2. For the duration of the appeal
the members right to vote will be suspended as stated in § 6
section 2 sentence 2. Expulsion does not cancel a members debt of
will be liable for financial and other obligations of the association
only through the associations means and their outstanding dues.