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Le statut de la fondation européenne

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Opinion Number: CDR 1364/2012
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 29/11/2012
 
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- supports the Commission's proposed draft regulation on the Statute for a European Foundation (FE), and feels that it follows on well from the adoption of the Regulation on the European citizens' initiative;

- therefore supports the Commission's proposed draft regulation on the Statute for a European Foundation (FE), and recognises that it follows on from the adoption of the Regulation on the European citizens' initiative and of the Regulation on a European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC), which aimed to facilitate and promote cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation at Community level;

- argues that this statute needs to ensure simplification and effectiveness for foundations, so that they can work more effectively on cross-border and transnational projects, either on their own or in partnership with national, regional and local stakeholders; it must at the same time respond to a desire to establish legal safeguards and provide greater clarity for the public regarding foundations' operation and funding;

- understands the desire to strike a balance between the requirements of national law in the various Member States regarding the minimum level of assets required for a foundation and the aim of facilitating the creation of FEs throughout the EU. The Committee is, however, keen to ensure that donors and the public have adequate guarantees regarding the financial soundness of FEs. It calls for the minimum level of assets required for registration of an FE to be increased to EUR 50 000 instead of EUR 25 000, which it considers to be too low, and for this level of assets to be maintained throughout the lifetime of the FE, on pain of dissolution;