Legal form, purpose and seat

Art. 1

Under the name "PIKLER INTERNATIONAL" (hereinafter referred to as "the Society") a non-profit organization has been established, governed by §60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.


Art. 2

The Society aims to

to network the organizations promoting the Pikler Concept in Europe and on other continents and to stimulate their exchange of ideas.
To circulate information for the societies and associations regarding new foundations, publications and documents, research, meetings and implementations.

To preserve the authenticity of the Pikler pedagogical concept and to remain faithful to its fundamental ideas.

to promote clinical and pedagogical research in institutions that receive children.

to honor the experience and knowledge of the Pikler Institute and its employees about the reception and care given to children and babies, and to support the activities of the Lóczy Foundation for Children and the Pikler-Lóczy Society of Hungary in Budapest (and the nursery supported by these organizations).

To collect the existing dissemination and training materials, create new ones and ensure that they are made available in different languages.

To collaborate with organizations that protect the mindful treatment of parents and children; to support efforts that improve the quality of training for staff of childcare facilities.


Art. 3.

The Society has its provisional headquarters at the Emmi-Pikler-Lóczy Society, rue des Jardins 14, 1018 Lausanne. The registered office will be at the secretariat of Pikler International once it has been organized.

The validity of the Society is unlimited.



Art. 4

The organs of the Society are the General Assembly the Board the Executive Committee the Auditors


Art. 5

The funds of the Society are acquired through

 contributions from the associations, groups, individuals and members of the Society

 proceeds from the sale of publications

 subsidies for specific projects

 Participation fees for congresses, symposia and study days



The Society will take care not to compete with other national or regional associations and groups both in terms of activities and sources of funding.



Art. 6

The Society includes collective members, associate members and individual members.


The collective members are the different national and regional "Pikler" Societies. They pay an annual membership fee.



The associate members are the groups, societies, institutions founded for a specific purpose. They make an annual contribution.



Individual members are natural persons who join Pikler International privately. They make an annual contribution.


Art. 7.

The Board of Directors has the power to accept or refuse the membership of societies, groups or individuals. It informs the General Assembly in this regard.

In case of rejection, it does not have to give reasons for its decision.


Art. 8

The membership status for individual members ends with resignation, death or exclusion. For associations, groupings, societies, institutions, the membership status ends with resignation, loss of legal personality or dissolution.


Art. 9

The resignation must be announced in writing to the Board of Directors three months in advance. Until the expiration of this period, the member is bound by its obligations to the Society.


Art. 10

The Board of Directors may expel a member if he/she has not paid his/her dues or financial contributions for two years, even after two written requests.

The payment of outstanding dues remains due.


Art. 11

The exclusion of a member may be imposed if his behavior is detrimental to the interests of the Society or its other members.


General Assembly

Art. 12

The General Assembly is the supreme authority of the Company. The ordinary General Assembly shall be held annually in the first half of the year. In principle, the General Assembly shall be held by correspondence.

Art. 13

An extraordinary General Assembly shall be held within a period of four weeks:

 based on a decision of the Board of Directors or the Ordinary General Assembly

 at the written request of at least one third of the collective members and associated members

 at the request of the Auditors


Art. 14

All members receive the invitation, the agenda and the annexes to the ordinary or extraordinary General Assembly by mail or by e-mail. They have a period of four weeks to cast their vote. The Board of Directors, otherwise the Financial Auditors, are responsible for this mailing.

Art. 15

Proposals of the members to the General Assembly shall be submitted to the Board before January 31st of each year.


Art. 16

The voters are divided into three groups :

a) College of collective members

b) College of associate members

c) College of individual members

The position of each College is determined by the majority of its members. The college of collective members has two votes. The associate members' college and the individual members' college both have one vote.


Art. 17

The decisions of the General Assembly are valid regardless of the number of its participants.

Powers of the General Assembly


Art. 18

The General Assembly elects deputies of the associated members on the proposal of the latter to the Board, as well as the deputy of the individual members.

It also elects the auditors.

The General Assembly expresses its opinion on:

 the minutes of the activities

 the financial reports, as well as the audit reports

 the total amount of contributions and financial donations

 changes in the statutes

 proposals of the board or the members


Board of Directors

Art. 19

The Board consists of one representative of the collective members, three representatives of the associate members and one representative of the individual members. The Board shall appoint a President and a Treasurer.

The delegates of the collective members shall be appointed by their associations. The delegates of the associated members and the individual members are elected by the General Assembly.


Art. 20

The members of the Board are elected or appointed for two years. Their mandate is renewable.


Art. 21

The mandate of the Board member is terminated upon expiration of the term of office, by resignation or by resolution of the General Assembly.


Art. 22

The Board meets at least twice a year. The President shall convene the members for this purpose.


Art. 23

The Board has a quorum when all members have been invited and half or less are present.


Art. 24

The Board shall pass its resolutions by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the President shall have the casting vote.


Duties of the Board

Art. 25

The Board is the governing body of the Society. All tasks which the Articles of Association do not assign to another body of the Society fall within its scope of activity. These are

 the execution of resolutions of the General Assembly.

 keeping the accounts in accordance with the requirements of the Society, including at least the registration of income and expenses, as well as the current state of the assets.

 preparing an annual activity report, a financial report and an annual financial statement.

 informing the members about the report of the annual financial statement analysis.

 the organization of the General Assembly in accordance with Articles 12 and following of the present Statutes.

 the management of the Society's assets.

 the admission and expulsion of associate members and individual members.

 the engagement and dismissal of the staff of the Company.


Obligations of the members of the Board of Directors
Art. 26

The President shall be responsible for managing the activities of the Society. The Secretary General assists him/her in this.

The President represents the Society externally towards authorities and third parties. He/she may temporarily

He/she may temporarily delegate this function to other members of the Board. Art. 27 The Society begins with the signature of the President and another member of the Board.


Art. 28

The President shall chair the meetings of the Board and the Executive Committee.


Art. 29

The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial management of the Society.


Executive Committee
Art. 30

The Executive Committee is a delegation of the Board of Directors with the task of following the direction and activities of the Society as closely as possible.

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, at least two representatives of the collective members and one representative of the associate members or the individual members.


Art. 31

The Executive Committee shall normally meet once a quarter, but as often as necessary.

Art. 32

The Executive Committee shall ensure the implementation of the decisions of the Board.

Art. 33

It is the initiator of the activities that enable the Society to implement its goals. It introduces the activities, supports them and then evaluates them.

Art. 34

The Executive Committee organizes the General Secretariat of the Society with the seat of the latter. It hires a General Secretary and proposes the hiring to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee draws up the terms of reference of the Secretary General and controls his/her activities.

Art. 35

Two Auditors are elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years. They can be re-elected once. If necessary, they may call upon a fiduciary institution or a financial expert.

Art. 36

The Auditors cannot be a member of the Board or Executive Committee.

Art. 37

The audit shall cover the accounting and the reconciliation of income and expenditure, as well as the conformity of the use of funds with the Articles of Association of the Society and the resolutions of the Board.

Art. 38

The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee are obliged to submit all necessary documents to the auditors; the auditors are obliged to inform the Board of Directors about the results of their audit.


Dissolution of the Society

Art. 39

The dissolution of the Society can be adopted only by an extraordinary General Assembly convened for the occasion.

Art. 40

The General Assembly shall take a position on the plan concerning the liquidation of the Society's assets and, if necessary, appoint a liquidator.

Art 41

In the event of dissolution, the assets of the Society shall be transferred to an organization pursuing objectives similar to those of the Society. In no case shall it benefit the members.

The present Statutes were adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 3, 2012 in Budapest and amended at the General Assembly on November 14, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland.