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Re: [board-discuss] Rules of Procedure

Hi Norbert,

Norbert Thiebaud wrote on 2012-02-27 20:35:
but please point me to the law that said that a Stifung cannot enter
into any binding contract, have any internal procedures, that are not
written in german...

Those Rules of Procedure and the Community Bylaws are both included/referenced via the legally binding statutes of a German entity. While these two documents itself are not subject to approval by the authorities as the statutes have been, of course the authorities need to have a chance to read them, otherwise we could write totally contradictory things inside. Like, in the German statutes we write that objective criteria must be met, and in the Aramaic addendum we write "We only add members if we they pay at least 1.000 € in donations".

Therefore a quick shot, although that might be the wrong quote:
§ 23 VwVfG, Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz: "Die Amtssprache ist deutsch." = "The official langage is German."

It will always be a challenge to have several languages inside one entity, and I am sure we will face more challenges like these in the future. A similar problem will occur when signing bank contracts or insurance papers, since you rarely get English binding versions. And should I move to e.g. Paris, and would like to have a phone contract, I doubt they will give me a German officially, binding version of their terms & conditions.

I think those discussions are pointless, as they lead to nowhere.

I would prefer, honestly, if we all rather worked on the tasks we have to do, as outlined on There's a lot of work that actually needs to be done...


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