The Statutes

The Statutes of the International Association of the Dynasty of Babenberg are special approved Statutes by the Austrian Government, because of the Function of the Patriarch of Dynasty. Because each Role as a Board Member in Austria is to elect latest by a 5 year period. Especially in case of the strong Position from the Patriarch of Dynasty and the Family of Babenberg as foundation Point for the Association, it was necessary to set this point clear, because as well, as the Association is linked to parts of the Dynasty of Babenberg like the Archive with immeasurable Treasures. Thats the reason why the Position from the Patriarch of Dynasty is without Election and set up for Lifetime.

As well, the last desicion is Always to made by the Patriarch of Dynasty.

Each Member of the Association will receive an own and private Statute (in german or english) after their Registration. It is prohibited to publish or sell the Statutes to everybody, especially without the negotation with the Board and the permisson from the Dynasty of Babenberg.

If a Member is in need of more than one Statutes, it is able to buy a second or more of it. Only one of the Statutes per Member is free, and that will be given directly after the Registration as a Member of the International Association.

  • §1 Name, Location and type of Activity
    1. The Association is called "International Association of the Dynasty of Babenberg - Association for Research, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Promotion." 

    2. The Society is based in Vienna. However,  it maintains a global presence. 

    3. The Association applies its work as an intermediary between its own research and international research, in part through its own Archive. It comes under the protection of Lex Vita Babenberg. 

    4. The establishment of sub-associations and local Associations, as well as branches is intended. 

    5. Due to its international activities,  the Society shall be divided into cantons, which are in turn based on their population, as below: Up to 5 million inhabitants: 2 cantons; between 5 million and 10 million inhabitants: 4 cantons - if necessary expandable to 5 cantons (Society Board resolution); between 10 million and 25 million inhabitants: 5-15 cantons – division shall occur according to a resolution passed by the Board; and more than 25 million inhabitants: 15 cantons and more, according to a resolution passed by the Board of Directors, while in the latter case (over 25 million inhabitants) at least 4 cantons per 10 million inhabitants are to be declared.
  • §2 Mission Statement
  • This non-profit organization aims to:

    Preserve the culture and quality of the house of Babenberg, disseminate knowledge of medieval culture by treating and enhancing its history, research and publish the House of Babenberg, as well as to bring universal respect to its reputation and promulgate the monarchist ideal of the dynasty von und zu Babenberg. Within the experience of the family peace-building efforts shall be pursued. Furthermore the Society shall pursue an active student care programme, and create employment in the fields of research and science, as well as pursuing comprehensive local studies and local care, both from a regional perspective regarding European countries and nations and a global one. In this context, the Society also aims at intensive communication, especially in the field of culture, art, science and education. In addition, the Society shall serve the following additional purposes: 

    Citizen initiatives, monument conservation, mental exercise, development aid, popular and adult education, leisure and recreation activities, peace movements, socializing and entertainment, nature, environment and landscape protection, school education, further training and upbringing, entente cordiale, support, counseling, service, housing, benefits, scholarships, and last but not least, pursuing non-profit, charitable and religious purposes.

  • §3 Achieving the Society Mission
    1. The association's mission shall be achieved through the ideological and material means specified in point 2 and 3.

    2. The ideological means are:

      Cultural rehabilitation through the Society’s own research, genealogy research, social gatherings, joint exercises, lectures, discussions, meetings, visits, sale of postcards, balls, bazaars, youth and educational travel, flea markets, concerts, the Society’s celebrations, tent and general festivities, Christmas events and Christmas cards, as well as charity, music, dance, singing, charitable and scientific meetings, publication of scientific journals, other publications, the Society’s newsletter, yearbook and the like, Scholarships, operation of media and internet sites, participation in activities for third world countries.

    3. The material resources required for the management and performance of the Society’s activities should be provided through:

      Economic activities including, charging of membership fees, registration fees, joining fees, donations, sponsorships, advertising, entry fees, sponsorship revenue, entry fee administration, advertising revenue, membership and registration fees, operation of Internet sites including information and economic aims, participation and involvement in research and development, which now and in the future shall further the Society’s aims and purposes, obtaining and granting scholarships for research, contributions to the establishment of the Society’s own publishing house, acquiring real estate, managing canteens and cafeterias on the Society’s property such as in event areas of the Society, managing assets, mixed service, remuneration and supply, sales, tour companies, employment companies, subsidiary manufacturing companies, buffets, chargeable events, convalescent homes, research institutes and research companies, hotels and restaurants, dining rooms, commercial establishments, communication centers, market sales actions, museums and museum stores, shelter establishments, sports field rental, tennis court hire, sound and image recording productions and their use, youth, adult and student study trips, from club venues, from leasing and letting of property and facilities of its own publishing house, community colleges, teaching, central purchasing and sales through an umbrella organization, disposal of assets, participation and debt in capital and human resources companies, in research, in companies and associations, in institutes, universities and colleges, as well as events - international entertainment performances of music, traditional and choral societies, and their alternative music groups. The necessary financial and ideological resources for the Society’s purpose shall also be obtained through activities like tourism, modeling, sports events, with special attention paid to economic development and emergency or disaster situations.

    4.  Any proprietary advantages shall be strictly applied and invested in favour of the Society’s purposes. Any economic profit shall be used to enhance the attainment of the Society’s ideological purposes.  
  • §3a Management of the Society public Finances
    1. The financial management is subject to the Presidency and shall be overseen by the CFO. (This depends on the financial management of the Babenberg Dynasty Holding plc, which is based on the Dynasty’s experience). 

    2. Any financial plans must be countersigned by the family patriarch (who is thus made aware of them). Financial plans in the Society’s key areas shall be submitted on time for the financial management’s decision. Financial amounts of over € 25,000.00 (twenty five thousand Euros) shall be dealt with according to subsection 2, sentence 2. 

    3. Financial management, particularly in cases of the Society’s existence under § 1 paragraph 5 and § 14A shall be carried out similarly. All accounts, including the cantonal accounts, are subject to the signatory power of the Presidency, as well as of any persons duly authorized, appointed by the canton and the Presidency. 

    4. Any revenues and expenditures must be made accountable to the CFO. After submitting the cost accounting in due time (= at least 3 months before the end of the financial year), the branch associations and cantons shall receive a transference of financial means approved by the CFO for the following financial year. Any financial means shall be managed by the Presidency (The Society’s central management). After regional auditing, branch associations and cantons transfer their financial plans to the Society’s Administration (Presidency), which manages them. 

    5. Any contributions and earnings of the Society and of the areas associated with the Society, such as membership fees, donations, grants, subsidies, shall be managed through the Society’s central management (Presidency). 

    6. § 3A is imposed pursuant to the Statute of § 14A, to provide transparent financial administration for the Society’s accounting and auditing and to simplify the Society’s management.
  • §4 Types of Membership
    1. The members of the Society are divided into regular members (OM), associate members (AM), honorary members (EM), junior members (JM), as well as members of noble houses - namely: Members of the Club Rex Dux ( CD) and members of the Family of Babenberg (FM) – House von und zu Babenberg. 

    2. Companies and the like may also become ordinary and associate members. They may elect representatives, in order to send them as agents to various events and the like. These are treated as corresponding members. Furthermore, the owners of the companies registered as members are also considered members. However, the members of the Board of these companies or their managers may be sent as representatives, but shall not be considered as equal members to the owners. Any new registration, as well as any change of representatives shall be reported to the Society within 48 hours, under penalty of loss of membership. 

    3. The Patriarch of the house von und zu Babenberg, the Babenberg family, is regarded as a permanent member and holds a position equivalent to the Society’s President, so far as it is based on the willingness to volunteer and approval of the current Patriarch. 

    4. Members shall, due to the international activity of the Society, be divided into cantons; nations which count up to 5 million inhabitants correspond to 2 cantons, nations with 5 million to 10 million inhabitants  shall correspond to 4 or, if necessary, to 5 cantons. If the population counts 10 million to 25 million, the nation corresponds to 5 to 10 cantons, depending on requirements. Where there is a population of over 25 million, the nation corresponds to 15 cantons, at the same time there shall be a minimum of 4 cantons for every 10 million inhabitants. From 30 million inhabitants on, 18 cantons shall be calculated, which can be upgraded to 22 cantons and must not, as usual, fall below 4 cantons per 10 million inhabitants. 

    5. For each canton, the number of regular members shall be limited to 150. All other types of members are unlimited in number. The exception applies only to family members of the House von und zu Babenberg and to the members of the Rex Club Dux. 

    6. Members of the family of Babenberg are those born into the family of the House of Babenberg, House von und zu Babenberg, and who hold a fixed mandate within the board of the Society. Members of the House of Babenberg, von und zu Babenberg are limited to the Babenberg family. Furthermore, they are committed to higher membership fees and have the right to participate in the assembly as representatives of the board. 

    7. Members of the Club Rex Dux are named by their origin. They are limited and obliged to pay a higher membership fee. They have the right to participate in the assembly and the Board. In addition to the President of the Society and the Patriarch, the elected Board of the Club Rex Dux Society also retains the right to perform representation duties. However, it shall not have the right to vote. 
    8. A membership is independent of origin, record, religion, and other discriminatory factors covered by human rights. 

    9. Regular members are those who fully participate in the Society’s activities. Regular members are limited to a total of 150 persons per canton and one can only become a regular member if a vacancy exists and by decision of the Canton Board under the consent of the Society’s Board through the Society’s President and / or the family Patriarch. The duration of the membership, the loyalty to the Society and the attitude towards the duties within the Society shall be taken into consideration. Regular members may be elected or introduced into the Canton Board, the Board of Arbitration, as well as other directly superior areas. 

    10. Associate members are those who support an activity within the Society, especially by paying a higher membership fee. They may, at their own request, participate in the Society’s activities and have the right to make an application for admission as a regular member to the Society’s Management / Board. In the event of full occupation of the maximum number of regular members, the ranking and admission is made according to the criteria mentioned in § 4, paragraph 9. Associate members may not occupy or be appointed to any leading position within the Society. 

    11. Honorary members are those who were appointed for providing special merit to the Society and shall be exempt from membership fees. Honorary members may be elected into the Board. In the event of a Society extension under § 14 A, the honorary members shall be listed according to their canton membership and exercise their right to vote within the canton. 

    12. Junior members are those members who at the time of their admission to the Society are already 14 years old and have not yet reached the age of 19 and who have obtained their parents’ consent to enter the Society. The fees for junior members shall be kept lower than the currently lowest fees available in the Society. If necessary, membership fees shall also be adjusted to the financial situation of the adolescents and their parents. Junior members have the right to vote but may not be elected to any of the Society’s posts. Furthermore, junior members may participate in the General Assembly, but not in the Board meetings. Junior members may participate in the Society’s activities, however the duty of supervision and the junior member’s willingness to volunteer must be taken into consideration, as well as parental or legal guardian’s consent. As soon as a junior member reaches the age of 19 and is considered an adult, he/she is granted the possibility of terminating membership in accordance with the termination clauses, or the possibility of joining the Society as a regular or associate member. 

    13. Any change or new entry of members to the Society shall be registered in the members’ directory within two days.  

    The admission of members shall occur as provided below: 


    OMRegular Members  
    limited to 150 per canton
    AMAssociate Members
    unlimited
    EMHonorary Members
    unlimited
    JMJunior Members
    unlimited
    FMMembers of the Babenberg Family
    unlimited
    CDClub Rex Dux Members
    unlimited


    • The setting up of cantons shall occur under the condition that there should be at least as many cantons as necessary for the already existing regular members, for no regular member shall lose his/her status without reason.
  • §5 How to become a Member
    1. Society membership is open to all natural persons and legal persons and partnerships with legal capacity.
       
    2. Any membership and entry to the Society shall occur by mutual free will. 

    3. Membership is not granted to sects, to people coming from sects (this does not apply to persons who ceased to be a sect member), or to institutions or individuals who are against nations and human rights. 

    4. Juniors may join the Society under the condition of having completed the age of 14 and obtained the consent of their parents or legal guardians. Junior membership is subject to the rights and obligations specified in § 4 paragraph 12. 

    5. Admission may be refused without providing any reason. 

    6. An honorary membership may be requested by any Society member except for the person in question. Such applications shall be filed in the Presidency and presented to the General Assembly, as well as to the Board, the Society’s President and the Patriarch. 

    7. Until the formation of the Society the provisional admission of members shall be made by the Society’s founders or by the Board, in case it has already been appointed. Membership will only become effective upon the Society’s constitution. In case the Board is appointed after the Society’s constitution, the definitive admission of members shall until then also be done by the founders of the Society.
  • §6 Termination of Membership
    1. Membership is terminated by death, in the event of legal entities by the loss of their legal personality, by voluntary withdrawal and by exclusion. 

    2. Termination may occur on any date of any year. It shall be communicated in written form to the Board at least two months in advance. If such communication is delayed, the termination shall be considered valid at the end the month for which 2 months’ notice was given. The timeliness of the posting shall prevail. The termination may occur without giving a reason. 

    3. The Board may exclude a member if he/she is in arrears in the payment of his/her of the membership fees for more than six months despite two written reminders and the setting of a reasonable extension of time. The obligation to pay the due membership fees remains unaffected. 

    4. The exclusion of a member from the Society may also be decided by the board due to gross violation of other memberships and dishonorable behavior, as well as for illegal behavior. Exclusions with prior notice may occur without mentioning any reason. Exclusions with immediate effect must provide reasons. 

    5. The withdrawal of honorary membership can be decided by the Board on the basis of those reasons referred to in § 6, paragraph 4 through a request made by the General Assembly or by individual members. 

    6. If a member who holds a decision-making / operating position is excluded according to § 6 paragraph 3 and / or paragraph 4, he/she may only be legally deposed from his/her office by means of a decision made by the Board and / or by the Patriarch. A dismissal by itself does not lead to termination of membership. This last must be specially pronounced.
  • §7 Rights and Obligations of Members
    1. The members are entitled to make use of the Society’s facilities in accordance with the purposes of each event of the Society. 

    2. The honorary members, the Rex Club Dux, the members of the family von und zu Babenberg, the Patriarch, the President of the Society and representatives - the chair of the General Assembly - have the right to vote in the Presidency meetings, as well as the right to elect and stand for election. 

    3. The honorary members, the Rex Club Dux, the members of the family von und zu Babenberg, the Patriarch, the elected representatives of the sub-associations and branches, as well as the Canton Board are entitled to the right to vote in the General Assembly, as well as to the right to elect and stand for election. 

    4. All elected representatives of the canton meetings are entitled to the right to vote in the canton meetings as well as to the right to elect and stand for election. 

    5. The regular members, the associate members, the junior members from the age of 17 and the honorary members, the members of the family von und zu Babenberg and the Club Rex Dux members are entitled to the right to vote in the canton meetings as well as to the right to elect and stand for election. Except for the members of the family von und zu Babenberg, the right to vote only applies to persons who are residents in the canton. 

    6. Members are committed to promoting the interests of the Society wherever possible and to refrain from anything which may cause harm to the reputation and the purpose of the Society. They shall follow the Society’s statutes and the decisions of its administrative bodies. Members are obliged to pay the joining fee and membership fees in due time according to the amounts approved by the Presidency meeting. 

    7. The members are entitled to the statutory minority right to convene a general meeting at canton level or to file an application directly to the Board in order to convene a General Assembly. 

    8. In the case of the members of the family von und zu Babenberg, including the Patriarch, the activities and membership are accessible to all, especially regarding the activities associated with the Management Board as well as representative activities, insofar as it is the family that has direct reference to the purpose of the Society and thus with direct access to data, information, and the like, which are contained in family-owned agendas. 

    9. Members of the Club Rex Dux and honorary members have the right to take over representative functions, upon consultation and approval of the Presidency. 

    10. Every member has the right to request the admission of a honorary member. This does not apply to one's own person. 

    11. Every member has the right to pass on his/her membership as a testator. However, this is only legally valid upon the consent of the beneficiary within a hereditary proceeding. This does not apply to honorary members and junior members. 

    12. The rights and responsibilities of individual representatives are exhaustively explained at the respective Society administrative bodies to which they belong.
  • §8 Institutional Bodies
  • Bodies of the Association are the Society’s President (§ 9), the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg (§ 11), the Board (§ 12 in conjunction with § § 11, 12A, 12B), the Presidency (§ 10), the General Assembly Board (§ 13 in conjunction with § 13A), the General Assembly (§ § 14 and 14A), the Board of the Sub-associations and branches (§ 15), the Canton Board (§ 16), the Canton Meeting (§ 17) the Auditors (§ 18) and the Board of Arbitrators (§ 19).


  • §9 The Society President
    1. The Society’s president is elected at the Presidency meeting for a period of 5 years and takes the second seat next to the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg. 

    2. The re-election of the Society’s President is unrestricted. 

    3. The Society’s President shall be a member of the Society and may not continue its function in the event of loss or cession of the membership. 

    4. The Society’s President shall receive the power to sign solely from the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg. This must be made in writing and be issued as a proxy. 

    5. The Society’s President may, in unanimity with the Board, appoint members from outside the Society – upon the members’ consent – for commercial and business purposes, who also temporarily possess a limited power to sign on behalf of the Society. Management may equally be pursued by the President, with the approval of the Patriarch and by means of a respective contract. The contract is only valid for the duration of the function. In the event of re-election, the contract must be renewed. 
  • §10 The Presidency
    1. The Presidency is the supreme body of the organization and consists of the General Assembly Board, the Board of the Society – which in turn consists of the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg and the Society’s President - the honorary members and the board of the Club Rex Dux. 

    2. The Presidency shall meet once a year. 

    3. The Presidency’s casting of votes is divided into percentages and distributed as follows: 

    4. The Society’s President and the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg each hold 26% of the votes. The General Assembly Board holds 18% of the votes. The Board of the Club Rex Dux and the members of the family von und zu Babenberg each hold 15% of the votes. 

    5. For a decision to be made requires the attendance of 65% per vote. This means that persons from each cited member of the Presidency shall be present in such a number as to make a total of 65%. 

    6. For a quorum, 75% of the entire Presidency must be present and 80% of the votes cast must be valid. 

    7. The Presidency may, in the event of loss of the Society’s President and another Board Member, except the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg, appoint and deploy with immediate effect a corresponding member for the vacant position. He/ she shall be confirmed or reelected at the next Presidency meeting or at the latest 8 months after, at an extraordinary meeting convened by the Presidency. 

    8. The Presidency has the right to assign tasks within the Society, regardless of the specific task assigned, according to the statutes, while respecting the criteria for junior members. 

    9. The Presidency may appoint a commercial manager where there is a need due to a commercial activity. The commercial manager is to be appointed by the Board and shall meet the requirements for the vacant position. Decisions on staff and important economic matters, as well as decisions on plans of action related to the activities of the dynasty shall be approved through submission by the presidency to the Patriarch of the family (in conjunction with § 11, paragraph 4). 

    10. Written documents of the Society regarding legal, economic and financial matters, as well as personnel matters require the signature of the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg in order to be valid. Transactions between Board Members and the Society need the written permission of the Patriarch in order to be valid. 

    11. Any decision on changes to the statutes, as well as on the voluntary dissolution of the Society is subject to the Presidency and the approval of the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg. 

    12. By declaration in § 14 A, the Presidency is responsible for the direction and supervision of all associations, institutes and enterprises under the umbrella organization. In compliance with § 10 paragraph 12, 1st sentence, the Presidency takes over the duties of the Board, regulated under € 12, § 12A and § 12 B, while it may also delegate those duties in accordance with the purposes of the Society and its bylaws. 
  • §11 The Patriarch of the Family and Dynasty of Babenberg
    1. The Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg is deemed as such under the Lex Vita Babenberg and shall function accordingly. The position within the Society is voluntary and can be canceled at any time by the Patriarch without explanation or be suspended in accordance with § 11, paragraph 7 of the Society Statutes and be assigned to a representative. An exclusion of the Patriarch by the Society is not possible insofar as in accordance to § 1 and § 2 in conjunction with § 3A, § 10, § 11, § 20, § 21 and § 22 of the Society Statutes such a resolution would lead to the dissolution of the Society (because the Society loses its mandate and authority without the Patriarch of the Family). 

    2. The duration of the Patriarch’s functions is pursuant to the Lex Vita Babenberg (legal basis of the Society – The Patriarch shall succeed the previous one for life). It is life-long and refers directly to § 2 of the Statutes of the Scientific Society von und zu Babenberg. 

    3. The Patriarch holds the power of veto on all decisions taken by and concerning the Society. A veto by the Patriarch inhibits a decision and its execution up to the point at which there is no further veto being used or the veto is withdrawn by the Patriarch. In the event of no agreement within a maximum of 3 decision cycles, the vote of the Patriarch is decisive, as happens with any further decisions. § 11 paragraph 5 of the Society’s Statutes shall apply mutatis mutandis. 

    4. The Patriarch has the power to give orders to persons, regardless of Society membership, regarding tasks within the Society, such as internal, external and economic activities. Such decisions shall be binding and may not be modified by any organ of the Society. Decisions on staff and important financial decisions, also in conjunction with § 3A of the Statutes of the Society, and plans of actions related to the dynasty activities shall be approved through submission by the Presidency to the Patriarch.

    5. In the course of his direct inclusion in the Society and its mission, the Patriarch is entitled to take his own decisions on any agenda of the Society. A special approval procedure by the Patriarch is mentioned in the relevant paragraphs. All decisions of the Patriarch are binding and definite provided they do not violate the Society’s purposes and / or human rights or the law in the respective nation where the Society is based. Against such decisions, as well as any contested decisions a written appeal shall be submitted to the Presidency. A treatise in the first instance is subject to the Court of Arbitration, § 19 of the Statutes of the Society. 

    6. The Patriarch may, under justified circumstances, dismiss individual members or the entire Board, as well as people active in the boards of the Society. § 11 paragraph 5, sentence 3 and 4 of the Statutes of the Society shall apply mutatis mutandis. 

    7. The Patriarch is entitled to appoint an authorized person for his direct representation or advisory, however only upon consultation with the Carls Council, in accordance with the Lex Vita Babenberg. The representation shall be described in writing according to its rights. In case the Patriarch is not defined according to the Lex Vita Babenberg, the administrative body of the Lex Vita Babenberg - the Carl’s Council – shall appoint corresponding representation (within the dynasty) according to § 11 paragraph 7 sentence 1 and 2 of the Society’s Statutes and give notice to the Board and the Presidency. The Society will complete a corresponding assignment in the sense of naming the competent authority. 

    8. The Patriarch represents the Society in public, together with the President of the Society. Regarding pecuniary matters, the Patriarch detains the power to sign on his own. The Patriarch may entrust the power to sign, within the right of representation, to the President of the Society and/or to a person of his choice within this Presidency, the Board or to a representative of the Society. § 3 A remains unaffected. The power to sign shall be given in writing as a proxy. 
  • §12 The Board
    1. The board consists of a maximum of 5 members and a minimum of 2 members: the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg, the Society’s President, the CFO, the Vice-President of the Society and the Infrastructure Board, the representative of the CFO and the Administration Board 

    2. The respective representatives do not have to be hired especially for this purpose. They may be persons already active within the board and thus represent each other. Any representation of the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg shall be regulated by § 11 paragraph 7 of the Statutes of the Society. However, if the Board consists of 5 members, the positions shall be described as below: 

      • Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg 
      • President of the Society 
      • Chief Financial Officer and 1st representative of the President of the Society 
      • Infrastructure Board and 2nd representative of the President of the Society
      • Administration Board and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

    3. The President of the Society shall be elected by a simple majority from the individuals listed under paragraphs 1 and 2. In case a simple ballot does not produce any result, up to three ballots shall be executed. In the event of a tie, or an unsuccessful last ballot, the vote of the Patriarch is decisive. 

    4. The board members may be represented permanently or conditionally by the persons already working in the Administration. 

    5. Except for the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg, any regular member of the Society may be appointed, stand for election and be elected as a board member. 

    6. The Board shall rule on all applications lodged within the Society when needed and submit applications to the Presidency. 

    7. The board retains the right to veto any decisions made within the Society. 

    8. In the event of resignation of an elected member, the Board has the right to co-opt another eligible member in his place. If the Board fails in general by not providing itself with a replacement through this co-opting process, or does so for an unforeseen period of time, then any auditor is obliged to immediately call an extraordinary General Assembly for the purpose of electing a new Board. If the Auditors are unable to fulfill their duties, any regular member who recognizes the severity of the situation can immediately file a petition with the competent court for the appointment of a trustee, who shall then immediately call an extraordinary General Assembly. The Patriarch has the right and in the event of the above mentioned situations the obligation to appoint a new board on an interim basis and to have it elected within 8 months, in direct reference to § 11, to which mutatis mutandis shall apply. 

    9. The term of the Board is governed by the same time scale as the term of the President of the Society. 

    10. The Board shall be convened in writing or orally by the President of the Society or, if he be unavailable, by his representative. In case his representative is also unavailable for an unforeseen period of time, any other member of the Board may convene the Board. 

    11. The Board has a quorum if all members have been invited and at least half of whom are present. 

    12. The Board shall make its decisions by a simple majority. In the event of a tied vote the chairman has the deciding vote. If the Patriarch attends the meeting and is not the chairman, his vote is decisive in the event of a tied vote. In addition to this, see variations described in § 20. § 11 mutatis mutandis shall apply. 

    13. The Patriarch shall be chairman. In the event of absence or lack of participation if the Patriarch officially gives up the chair, the President of the Society takes the chair, or in the event of his absence, his representative.  If all individuals eligible for the chair are unavailable, the oldest Board member in terms of age shall take the chair. 

    14. As well as ceasing in the event of death or expiration of the term, the function of a Board Member shall cease through dismissal and / or resignation.

    15. The Presidency may, at any time dismiss the entire Board or individual members. The dismissal shall take effect when the new Board or the Board Members have taken up their duties. The Patriarch shall be treated in accordance with the Lex Vita Babenberg, and can thus not be dismissed (as the foundation of the Society is based on it). 

    16. The Board Members may declare their resignation in writing at any time. The directors may at any time declare their resignation in writing. 

    17. The resignation shall be addressed to the Board, and in the event of the resignation of the entire Board, to the Presidency. The resignation will become effective upon election or by the co-opting of a successor, or the new Board. 

    18. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Society’s Statutes. 
  • §12a Duties of the Board
    1. The Board is responsible for managing the Society. It is responsible for all tasks that are not assigned to another body of the Society by the Statutes. In particular the following matters are within the scope of its field of responsibility: 

    2. Preparing the year’s budget and drafting the annual report and balance sheet; 

    3. Preparing the General Assembly; 

    4. Preparing the agenda of the General Assembly; 

    5. Convening the ordinary and extraordinary General Assembly; 

    6. Implementation of the resolutions of the General Assembly; 

    7. Adopting the rules of procedure; 

    8. Administration of the Society’s assets; 

    9. Admission and exclusion of members of the Society;  

    10. Admission and dismissal of workers and employees of the Society; 

    11. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Statutes of the Society; 

    12. In accordance with § 9 paragraph 5, 2nd and 3rd sentence, but with the permission of the Presidency. 
  • §12b Specific Duties of Individual Board Member
    1. The President of the Society shall represent the Society in public, jointly with the Patriarch. 

    2. Legal authorizations to represent the Society externally or to sign on behalf of the Society may be granted only by the officials mentioned in § 9 paragraph 4. 

    3. In the event of imminent danger, the President of the Society is authorized, in matters falling within the competence of the General Assembly or the Board, to issue independent orders under his own responsibility. These orders require however the subsequent approval of the competent Society body. § 11 mutatis mutandis shall apply. 

    4. The President of the Society shall chair the General Assembly. In the event of absence or in the event of lack of participation, if the president of the Society officially gives up the chair, the Vice-President shall take the chair.  In the event of the absence of all eligible individuals for the chairmanship, the oldest present Board Member in terms of age shall chair the General Assembly. 

    5. The Administration Board shall assist the President of the Society with the management of the Society’s business. It is responsible for keeping the minutes of the General Assembly and the Board. 

    6. The CFO is responsible for the proper management of the Society’s finances. In financial matters, the Patriarch is authorized to sign by himself. The Patriarch may confer the power to sign within the right of representation to the President of the Society and/or to an entrusted person of his choice within the Presidency or the Board, as well as to a representative of the Society. § 3 A remains unaffected. An authorization to sign shall be given in writing as a proxy. 

    7. The Infrastructure Board is responsible for the proper management of the infrastructure within and outside the Society, including the technology. 
  • §13 The General Assembly Board
    1. The General Assembly Board consists of a maximum of 17 people, who hold a total and direct vote within the Presidency. 

    2. The General Assembly Board shall only enter into force if the membership exceeds 50,000 members. 

    3. Until the number of 50,000 members has not been exceeded, or the establishment of cantons has not been provided, the Board and the Presidency take the chair at the General Assembly. Hence, § 13 A applies to the Board and the Presidency until then. 

    4. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Statutes of the Society. 
  • §13a Tasks of the General Assembly Board
    1. The General Assembly Board shall be in charge of the following tasks: 

    2. Acceptance and approval of the annual report and accounts; 

    3. Decisions on the budget;

    4. Election of the administrative bodies of the Society in accordance with the Statutes, as well as appointment and release of auditors; 

    5. Approval of transactions of Board Members and auditors with the Society according to the Statutes of the Society; 

    6. Discharge of the Board; 

    7. Fixing the amount of the entry fee and membership fees; 

    8. Co-determination in the awarding and withdrawal of honorary membership (veto right); 

    9. Forwarding appeals against membership exclusions to a competent tribunal; 

    10. Advice and decision making regarding other items of the agenda; 

    11. If a commercial activity is taken on in the context of the activities of the Society, in order to achieve the Society‘s goals, a managing director shall be appointed, who is responsible for compliance with legal regulations before the authorities and who confers a corresponding competence to the business; 

    12. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Statutes of the Society. 
  • §14 The General Assembly
    1. The ordinary General Assembly shall be held annually. 

    2. The Extraordinary General Meeting shall be held upon decision of the Board, the Presidency, the ordinary General Assembly or upon a written and founded request made by at least one tenth of the members entitled to vote (§ 7, paragraph 7) or on request of the auditors within four weeks. The Patriarch may, upon justification, convene an extraordinary General Assembly at any time. 

    3. All members shall be convened to both the ordinary and extraordinary General Assemblies with at least two weeks’ notice, by a written invitation. Invitations may also be sent by digital media. The invitation to the General Assembly shall include the agenda. The meeting shall be convened by the Board. 

    4. Requests for the General Assembly shall be submitted in writing to the Board (General Assembly Board) three days before the date of the General Assembly. 

    5. In order to be valid, resolutions may only be made regarding matters announced in the agenda, except for decisions on requests for an extraordinary General Assembly. 

    6. At the General Assembly all members are eligible. Each voting member has one vote. Legal persons shall be represented by a proxy agent. The transfer of the right to vote to another member by means of a written proxy is permitted. Voting rights are governed by § 7 paragraph 3. 

    7. (Abrogated through change of articles, without replacement - see § 20, paragraph 24 a.)

    8. Elections and decision-making in the General Assembly usually occur by a simple majority. Resolutions to amend the Statutes or to resolve the Society require a qualified majority of two thirds of the valid votes cast, as well as the subsequent referral to the Presidency, with a justification of the decision taken, in order to deliberate at Society-level. 

    9. The chairmanship of the General Assembly, shall be taken by the President of the Society and, in the event of unavailability, by the Vice-President. If the Vice-President should also be unavailable, the oldest present Board Member in terms of age shall take the chair. In case the Patriarch is present, he may take the chair by declaration. 

    10. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Statutes of the Society.
  • §14a General Assembly up from the establishment of Cantons and/or up from 50.000 Members
    1. The General Assembly shall be expanded to Cantons and the resulting Canton Boards and Canton Meetings, pursuant to § 1 paragraph 5. 

    2. The expansion in paragraph 1 (§ 14 A) shall occur by a decision of the Presidency according to § 14. 

    3. From this point in time, the General Assembly, in accordance with § 14 A, shall come immediately into force and set a new date for a General Assembly to take place within 6 months, in accordance with § 14 A. 

    4. The chairmanship of the General Assembly shall be established. 

    5. Any plans of action shall be resumed in the General Assembly pursuant to § 14 A. 

    6. The mandate of the previously selected administrative bodies of the Society shall be maintained. 

    7. Any Society administrative bodies to be elected anew shall be elected at the first General Assembly in accordance with § 14 A, their posts filled and notification given to the competent authority. 

    8. The General Assembly shall take place once a year, during the period from September to November. 

    9. The General Assembly shall be divided into three groups of different ranks:

      1. General Assembly
      2. Plenum Meeting Category I
      3. Plenum Meeting Category II

    10. Members of the Plenum Meeting Category I:

      1. Family members of the family Babenberg 
      2. Elected representatives of the Plenum Meeting Category II
      3. Honorary Members 
      4. Representatives of the sub- and branch associations

    11. Members of the Plenum Meeting Category II:

      1. All members in the cantons and of all sectors (Canton meetings, meetings of the sub- and branch associations)

    12. Structurally, the General Assembly shall take place in three stages each year, and logging shall be submitted within 7 days to the Presidency:

      1. Plenum Meeting Category II            between May and June
      2. Plenum Meeting Category I             between July and August
      3. General Assembly                          between September and November                              
    13. The General Assembly consists of the following members: 

      1. The Presidency 
      2. The Board 
      3. The Honorary Members 
      4. The Canton Board 
      5. The Club Rex Dux 
      6. The elected representatives of the Plenum Meeting Category I

    14. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Statutes of the Society.
  • §15 The Sub- & Branch Associations, Agency´s and the respective Board
    1. For the splitting off and / or dissolution of sub- and branch associations or agencies, a request must be submitted to the presidency and approval must be given. 

    2. The admittance of an association as a sub- and / or branch association and / or agency to the Society is possible at any time. The application shall occur by a request made at the General Assembly and submitted to the Presidency. 

    3. The establishment of a sub- and / or branch association and / or agency may also be made by an application introduced at the General Assembly, subsequently authorized by the Presidency at the earliest possible date. 

    4. If a sub- and / or branch association and / or an agency is set up and / or admitted, this shall be integrated by the Presidency into the competent area. 

    5. Each sub- and / or branch association and / or agency is subject to the same Statutes. 

    6. The organization of sub- and / or branch associations and / or agencies is subject to the same Statutes. 

    7. Regulations for members, agendas and the Board are defined in the Statutes and shall be applied accordingly. 

    8. An assembly of sub- and / or branch associations and / or agencies as well as the respective Board Meetings corresponds to the Plenum Meeting Category II.

    9. The existence of sub- and / or branch associations and / or agencies may not necessarily be communicated directly to the competent authority but shall, to the legally required extent, be mentioned in the report of the annual meeting held by the authority. 
  • §16 The Canton Board
    1. The Canton Board shall be constituted by the General Assembly, which shall elect a Canton Board at the first Canton Meeting. 

    2. The Canton Board is subject to the same guidelines of the Society’s Statutes and shall apply them on behalf of the canton. 

    3. Each member who is at least a Regular Member may be elected to the Canton Board of the canton he/she belongs to. 

    4. The composition of the Canton Board corresponds exactly to the requirements of the Society Board. 

    5. Decisions of the Canton Board may only be applied to the respective canton and shall be introduced to the General Assembly and approved. 

    6. The Canton Board corresponds to the Plenum Meeting  Category I. 

    7. The decision making process is described in § 20 of the Society’s Statutes.
  • §17 The Canton Assembly
    1. Members of the Canton Meeting are:

      1. Regular Members of the canton 
      2. Associate Members of the canton 
      3. Junior Members of the canton 
      4. Honorary Members of the canton 
      5. Members of the Babenberg family resident within the canton

    2. The Canton Meeting shall be held at least every 2 years. 

    3. The Canton Meeting corresponds to the Plenum Meeting Category II 

    4. The decision making is described in § 20 of the Society’s Statutes.
  • §18 The certified Accountants and Auditors of annual Accounts and Reports
    1. The certified accountants, at least 2, shall be appointed by the Presidency by order of the General Assembly, pursuant to § 14 or § 14 A for a term of 5 years. 

    2. The certified accountants may be appointed freely, and can be recalled according to the Statutes. However, they shall be reappointed by the fastest procedure pursuant to the Statutes.

    3. The auditors do not require Society membership. 

    4. The certified accountants shall be exclusively appointed duly qualified individuals, such as tax advisers, notaries, trustees, members of the Court of Auditors or the Court of Auditors, or persons of similar professional groups, holding internationally recognized diplomas. 

    5. The certified accountants and auditors shall appointed by the Presidency, on behalf of the General Assembly under § 14 or § 14 A and are subject to the CFO which passes over to the General Assembly the information required. Although the obligation to inform only applies with respect to the General Assembly, it can be carried out by the CFO. 

    6. Upon the occurrence of § 14 A, a minimum of five certified accountants shall be appointed, one of whom shall be appointed auditor of annual accounts. 

    7. The certified accountants are charged with ongoing monitoring and inspection of the annual financial report. They shall notify the Presidency on the outcome of the inspections immediately after completion. Informing the Presidency immediately prevents a delay in taking legal action, which would be the situation if it were necessary to convene a General Assembly in the sense of Statutes. 

    8. Furthermore, the statutes regarding the appointment, the dismissal and resignation of the administrative bodies shall apply mutatis mutandis to the certified accountants. 

    9. (Abrogated through change of articles in 2013, without replacement – see § 20, paragraph 24 a)

    10. Where there is strong violation of the duty to provide information to the Members, the certified accountant shall convene an assembly in accordance with the Statutes. 

    11. In the event of § 14 A, the certified accountant(s) may only convene a General Assembly. The Assembly may only be replaced by a Plenum Meeting of its category in the event that the General Assembly does not take place within two months. 

    12. A certified accountant may not convene a Plenum Meeting Category II. 

    13. Certified accountants are in charge of:

      • Ensuring the compliance of financial reporting 
      • Ensuring the compliance of the use of funds with the Statutes
      • Starting the audit within four months from the issuance of the revenue and expenditure accounts. 
      • Ensuring that the end of the audit shall be carried out no later than nine months after the end of the accounting year. 

    14. The audit report shall comprise:


      • Ensuring the compliance of financial reporting
      • Ensuring the compliance of the use of funds with the Statutes
      • Identifying and showing deficiencies 
      • Identifying and showing threats to the continued existence of the Society
  • §19 The arbitral Tribunal
    1. For arbitration of all disputes arising from Society-related relationships the Society’s Board of Arbitrators is appointed. 

    2. Before such a Board of Arbitrators is called, the Presidency shall be called on in cases of smaller disputes in order to either arbitrate on matters of the kind itself or to forward the case to a Board of Arbitrators to be set up. 

    3. The Board of Arbitrators shall consist of three Regular Members of the Society. One party of a dispute shall appoint to the Board in written form a Member as arbitrator. On request by the Board within seven days, the other party designates within 14 days the arbitrator for his part. After notification by the Board within seven days, the nominated arbitrators choose within another 14 days a third Regular Member to chair the Board of Arbitrators. In the event of of a tie among the arbitrators, the lot decides. Each designated Member may, on the basis of internationally recognized legal grounds, decline his participation as an arbitrator, or be rejected. 

    4. The Board of Arbitrators shall make its decision in the presence of all its members by a simple majority. It reaches its decisions according to its best knowledge and belief. The decisions of the Board of Arbitrators have final effect for the internal relations of the Association with respect to § 19 paragraph 9 c. 

    5. Each Society Member has the right to request the setting up of a Board of Arbitrators. 

    6. The Board of Arbitrators shall always hear all parts involved in the dispute, take evidence and evaluate objectively. 

    7. Furthermore, the Board of Arbitrators shall be impartial and unbiased regarding the matter at stake. The selection of the members of the Board of Arbitrators shall be done with utmost caution. Individuals closely related to the parties shall not be part of the Board of Arbitrators. In the event of an establishment according to § 14 A, only individuals belonging to other cantons may be part of the Board of Arbitrators. Where the parties consist of official administrative bodies, there shall be no members of the same administrative bodies in the Board of Arbitrators. 

    8. Decisions regarding main issues are subject to the Statutes, with consideration for § 2 

    9. Board of Arbitrators:

      1. The regular legal proceedings may only be excluded under § 8, paragraph 1, last sentence of the Associations Act if both parties involved in the specific case or in any future conflicts which may arise within a certain legal relationship subject themselves to the Board of Arbitrators in accordance with §§ 577 ff ZPO (Austrian law). In the event that the Board of Arbitrators does not lead to the desired resolution of the dispute, a "real arbitration court" may be called upon and justified. 

      2. Before calling upon a "real arbitration court", an arbitration agreement must be made. This written agreement shall be made between the representative bodies and the Society Member or between Society Members. In such cases the decision of the arbitration court would only be verifiable under § 595 ZPO (annulment of the arbitral verdict if there is no appropriate arbitration agreement, if a fair hearing was not granted, if the rejection of an arbitration tribunal has exceeded the limits of its task, when the arbitral verdict is incompatible with the basic values of the Austrian and international law or if it violates mandatory legal provisions or if the conditions for an action for retrial of the case are met). For an effective conclusion to an arbitration agreement, it is necessary that the agreement and the Member’s declaration of accession are made in writing and the parties are notified mutually. This may also be done by using the services of a lawyer or notary. 

      3. Recourse to the courts shall only occur after appeal and decision of the arbitration court of the Society, or in the event of disagreement at the said arbitration court, justifying the need to appeal to a "real court of arbitration" and its decision. This path respects the rules of the Supreme Court of Austria. 

      4. The shortest way to be directly followed in minor disputes or in unremarkable disputes, such as purely internal Society matters, shall be to call on a mediation board (the Society’s Board of Arbitrators and / or a real court of arbitration), which can be the Board or, if this is its own dispute, one Board Member. If it is not possible to call on a mediation board or if the mediation board should not come to any conclusion within six months, disputes may be settled through due legal recourse in any case. 

      5. Any Society Member may at any time and at his own expense, engage legal counsel and be represented by a lawyer with the aim of resolving a dispute. 
  • §20 Decision making by the Board of the General Assembly, Internal society Regulations, Election Procedure
    1. The Canton Board shall be elected by its members, according to § 17, by a simple majority at a minimum attendance of 65%. 

    2. Any member that is not mentioned in § 20 paragraph 3, belonging to the respective canton, may be elected to the Canton Board. 

    3. The Canton Board itself consists of any three individuals, except Junior Members, who may neither be Board Members nor stand for election. 

    4. The result of the Canton Board election must be reported within 14 days to the Presidency. 

    5. The Canton Board shall be competent within the canton. 

    6. A decision by the Canton Board with a simple majority is only legally valid and effective within the respective canton. 

    7. Decisions of the Canton Board and the Canton Meeting shall be submitted at the next available date of the General Assembly. 

    8. The Canton Board is a member of the General Assembly and is entitled to vote. 

    9. Each member of the Canton Board may stand for election for General Assembly functions. 

    10. Canton Meeting resolutions require the presence of a minimum of 70% of the eligible voters. 

    11. In the event of an excess of members or cantons, a meeting shall be arranged so as to take place simultaneously with a Plenum Meeting Category II according to the time specified in the Statutes. 

    12. Additional advanced adequate representative systems, such as an assembly of delegates, election cards, percentage elections, or voting via digital media may be used at the request of the Board, the Presidency or the General Assembly Board, provided that they are able, with a manageable number of members within the cantons, to demonstrate the presence of a quorum necessary for a Plenum Meeting.

    13. The Plenum Meeting Category II is a non-decision-making tool for administration and organization as well as supervision of the internal meetings and the Plenum Meeting Category I. 

    14. The Plenum Meeting Category II is not a member of the General Assembly. 

    15. .The members of the Plenum Meeting Category II specified in § 14 A paragraph 11 shall choose their representatives from among their ranks. There shall be 5 representatives. They are obliged to participate in the Plenum Meeting Category I. 

    16. . Each member of the Plenum Meeting Category II has one vote. 

    17. The Plenum Meeting Category I is a member of the General Assembly. 

    18. The members of the Plenum Meeting Category I specified in § 14 A paragraph 10 choose their representatives from among their ranks. There shall be 5 representatives. They are obliged to participate in the General Assembly. 

    19. Each member of the Plenum Meeting Category I has one vote. 

    20. The General Assembly has a quorum regarding individual areas and the whole Society (at national and international level). 

    21. Individual decisions taken by the General Assembly are legally binding and shall be implemented immediately after having given notice.

    22. All decisions shall be made available to all members of the Society, by means of notification as quickly as possible at least twice a year. For this purpose, the use of digital media is allowed. 

    23. Any members of the General Assembly have the right to vote as well as to stand for election in order to apply for functions within the Society which are available to members. 

    24. For an easy adoption of resolutions approved by the general Assembly, a quorum of at least 50% of each voting area as well as a simple majority is required. 

      1. The General Assembly shall constitute a quorum with the presence of half of all voting members or their representatives (reference to paragraph 6). If there is no quorum at the appointed time of the General Assembly, the decision(s) shall be taken by the Presidency. § 11 mutatis mutandis shall apply.

    25. In the event of resolutions by the General Assembly regarding important changes, changes within the Society, in specific areas such as canton associations, sub- and branch associations, agencies, as well as changes to the resolutions of parts of the Society (the resolution of the whole Society shall take place according to § 21), a quorum according to § 20 paragraph 24 is necessary. There is the possibility that at a previous General Assembly, a written vote was convened with a duration of two weeks, which had the simple majority of the first General Assembly resolution before. For this purpose, all voting members shall be supplied with the ballot papers in a four-week process. 

    26. The General Assembly is a member of the Presidency. 

    27. In the General Assembly, the voting rights shall be divided by percentage. 

    28. The voting rights are allocated as follows: 


    29. Canton Board
      30%
      Elected members of the Plenum Meeting Category I
      15%
      Family Members Babenberg
      5%
      Honorary Members
      5%
      Members of the Club Rex Dux
      5%
      Presidency
      20%
      Board
      20%

                                                                                                      

    30. The General Assembly elects the Board (also General Assembly Board according to § 14 A) for a period of 5 years. It may be re-elected and takes a seat at the Presidency. 

    31. The General Assembly Board shall be chosen by a simple majority in the presence of at least 60% of the members entitled to vote. 

    32. The Board of Directors decides plans of action regarding the Society by a simple majority of all present, unless otherwise provided for by the Statutes. 

    33. If there is a tie vote on decisions of the Board, an additional vote shall be obtained from the Presidency, in order to make an effective decision. 

    34. Each member of the association board has one vote, which may be his own and / or a representative vote
  • §21 Dissolution of the Society
    1. The voluntary dissolution of the Society requires a decision by a specially convened Extraordinary Presidency, as well as a two-thirds majority of the valid votes of the members entitled to vote, at least 80% of which must be present, and the vote of the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg. 

    2. This Presidency shall also decide on the liquidation of any existent society assets. In particular, it shall appoint a liquidator who is to be appointed by a Board Member in order to decide on how to proceed with or to transfer the Society’s assets after having covered all liabilities. 

    3. At the dissolution of the Society or the discontinuation of the aforementioned privileged Society purpose, the remaining assets shall be transferred to the Babenberg Dynasty Holding Corporation or to enterprises or institutions of the Babenberg family for research in terms of the previous beneficiary purpose or for common use or charitable or religious purposes as outlined in §§ 34ff Bundesabgabenverordnung (Austrian law). 

    4. Provided that no creditor interests are at stake, a reimbursement of the deposits made by the Board Members and  governing bodies is possible. 

    5. In the event of excess liability, the liquidator shall immediately file for the Society’s bankruptcy. 

    6. The last Board of Directors shall notify the competent authority in writing of the voluntary dissolution within four weeks after the decision. It is further committed to announce the voluntary dissolution within the same term in an official gazette. 

    7. The dissolution or elimination of sub-associations and branches, as well as agencies, is only possible if a resolution is passed by the Board which shall be approved by the Society’s President and the Patriarch. 

    8. Any sub- and / or branch association or agency may and shall only be resolved and / or eliminated by resolution of the Presidency and the approval of the President of the Society and the Patriarch of the family von und zu Babenberg. 

    9. Sub-associations and branches, agencies, as well as cantons may not be dissolved or eliminated without their own consent. 
  • §22 Additional Society Clauses
    1. The Society’s Statutes must be handed over upon request of any Society Member. However, only one free copy is compulsory per member. The document may also be sent by digital media. Any further copies of the Statutes requested by the members shall be charged with a fee according to the current market conditions and which shall be determined by the Presidency. Unless the documents are needed for official and / or regulatory purposes, the fee shall be charged, including to non-members of the Society. The resulting income shall benefit the Society’s purpose. 

    2. The publishing of the Statutes by media of any kind, such as a TV, radio, internet, advertising media, requires authorization by the Presidency with an additional indication of the parts of the Statutes to be published (eventually the entire Statutes) and shall be provided with a copyright. This applies, mutatis mutandis, to all graphical and text-based sectors of the Society (for example the logotype) or those related to the Society. 

    3. As these Statutes can also be acquired as a unique copy, which differs in price depending on whether the acquirer is a Society Member or a natural or legal person without Society Membership or depending on it being a multiple copy of a Society member, a publication without written consent of the presidency, as under § 22 paragraph 2, is strictly forbidden. No instructions or demonstrations may be given without the written permission of the Presidency.

    4. Communication within and outside the Society may occur by post, telephone or via digital media. Unless otherwise provided in the Statutes, information, instructions and orders are considered to be legally valid. 

    5. The Society also provides an internet portal for internal and external communication, which is managed independently by the Society or by a delegate; however the Society is legally responsible. The Society does not take any legal responsibility for information which is not being provided by the Society itself, but which is conveyed by any other portals or media. 

    6. Employment status shall only apply to an employee who possesses a performance obligation, an agreement on fixed working hours and a corresponding qualification with the appropriate responsibility. 

    7. Any information mentioned in the Statutes, regarding the family von und zu Babenberg, especially their titles, refers to internationally recognized judicial factors and is neither in conflict with constitutional law nor with the Habsburg law of Austria.

    8. Any decisions and activities within or without the Society require in any case the approval or signature of the Presidency, since the main declaration of intent of the Society falls under its area of the history of the family. 

    9. With a Society alteration according to § 14 A, there is no need to consider whether the number of Members is constituted by Members registered on national or international level. It is also irrelevant if these are Regular, Associate, Junior or Honorary Members. 

    10. All Regular Members are entitled to a minority right (of 10%). 

    11. (Abrogated through change of articles in 2013, without replacement - see § 19, paragraph 9 a.)

    12. The Society is exclusively liable for the extent of its assets. Any administrative bodies of the Society can only be prosecuted if the damage was caused by willful misconduct and / or negligence. Individual Society administrative bodies may not be made accountable for the behavior or actions of other administrative bodies. 

    13. All decisions and information shall be communicated to all Society Members via information, as fast as possible, twice a year. 

    14. The entire § 11 shall not be changed or annulled by resolution or by decision (association administrative bodies or other administrative bodies) nor by § 11 paragraph 4 and / or 5. This also applies to § 22, paragraph 15 of the Statutes. The justification is anchored in § 2, as well as by the circumstances of the Society. 

    15. The use of the name Babenberg, von und zu Babenberg, Prince - Duke, Prince - Ducal (or equivalent), royal and / or imperial, in conjunction with the mentioned ones is only permitted upon prior approval by the Patriarch of the family (§ 11). § 22 paragraph 14, second sentence shall apply mutatis mutandis. 

    16. According to data protection, no data held by the Society shall be transmitted to third persons, legal or natural. International judicial decisions regarding the disclosure of data shall be followed, unless they violate any statutory regulations. 

    17. A legal change regarding member types and membership fees in accordance with the Statutes of the Society in the course of a statutory change requires a notice of completion to all Members, including the possibility of terminating membership within 14 days of that notice, stating the reasons for doing so.