I. General provisions 

1.1. The name of the organization is “INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY” (IEP).

1.2. The symbol of the organization is a horse chestnut leaf on a square with round edges, next to it the name of the institute in Albanian and in English.

1.3. The location of the Institute is Tirana, Albania.

1.4. The founders of the Institute are: Edvin Pacara, Arber Borici, Dorarta Hyseni.

1.5. IEP is a non-profit institute according to the Albanian law, Law no 8788, date 7 September 2001, Article 10, “On the non-profit organizations”

1.6. The aims of the organization are:

a) Scientific research and studies in the field of environment;

b) Development and implementation of environmental policy;

c) Dedication to environmental protection and nature in harmony with life and human activities. The aim of IEP is the influencing of the Albanian society towards the protection of nature, efficient use of natural resources, maximizing the use of renewable energy, awareness raising and education of the community regarding global warming and finding ways and methods to fight this phenomenon, awareness raising of the community regarding recycling and finding innovative ways in this field, achieving and sustaining a natural and artificial environment that maximally protects the health of people, combating environmental pollution and restoration of environmentally degraded areas.

d) Enhancing environmental awareness and action to address major environmental threats among the government, the private sector, civil society, and the community.

e) Developing programs for environmental sustainability for the wise management of the environment.

f) Development of new and strengthening of existing legal, economic and policy instruments, institutional frameworks, policy coordination and information exchange, and promoting the involvement of the private environmental policy dialogue and development.

g) Development of environmental assessment.

1.7. In order to achieve its objectives, IEP applies ideological, political, economic, ecological, and nature protection measures, as well as methods that influence the society.

1.8. The activity of IEP includes:

a) Studies on environment;

b) Symposiums, seminars, conferences, workshops, roundtables and other events related to the activity if the Institute;

c) Lectures and trainings on the environment;

d) Cooperation with institutions and organizations;

e) Publishing books, articles, magazines, newspapers on the environment;

f) Economic and not economic (campaigns for fundraising, grants, donations) legal activity that generates funds for the projects of the Institute.

1.9. IEP, as a non-profit organization is open to cooperation with all individuals, organizations, NGOs and other democratic movements that support the aforementioned aims.

1.10. The organization conducts its activities for an unspecified period of time.

II. The Board 

2.1. The Board is the highest decision-making body of IEP. It decides for changes in the statute, defines the fields and programs of activity, supervises their completion, analyses the economic, financial and administrative issues, approves important acts related to the budget of the center and expenses, regulates the activity and organization of the institute, elects the highest executive body, creates specific committees, and decides for other issues provided by law of by this Statute.

2.2. The founders, Edvin Pacara, Arber Borici, and Dorarta Hyseni are the initial members of the Board; the Board cannot have less than 3 members that are elected by the founders of the institute for an unspecified period of time and with reelection rights.

2.3. The member or members of the highest executive body, and the employees of the institute are paid according to the work and expenses incurred during the work for the institute.

2.4. Enlargement of the Board, accepting new members, creation of new departments and election of new governing bodies is done by voting in the Board. The rules for meetings, decision-making and voting are:

a) The Board meets at least twice per year;

b) In each meeting the Board analyses the activity of the institute in accordance with its aims;

c) In each meeting the Board can take several decisions;

d) In order to take a decision, there is an open voting process where the affirmative vote of two thirds of the members of the Board is needed; voting can also done online.

2.5. The executive director is the highest executive body. The executive director is elected by the board members according to article 2.4 of this statute. In the first meeting of the board on August 15, 2008, the board members elected Edvin Pacara as the first executive director. The executive director organizes the board meeting of the IEP and represents IEP in the legal activities with the third parties.

2.6. The board meeting of January 7, 2009 decided to accept Kadri Aavik as a new member of the Board.

III. Economic and Financial Activities 

3.1. The economic basis of IEP are earnings from:

a) The contribution of 50 000 leks deposited as initial capital for the Institute;

b) Contributions of different donors: individuals and organizations;

c) Publications of articles, books etc.;

d) Consulting and training;

e) Profits earned from the events organized by the Institute;

f) Subsidies and donations from different organizations;

g) Partnership and cooperation with other institutions and organizations;

h) Other sources and income.

3.2. The funds of IEP are used for:

a) Economic and organizational activities;

b) Wages;

c) Business trips;

d) Wages for external experts;

e) Organizing of events for the aims of the Institute;

f) Expenses foreseen in projects and respective contracts;

g) Developing of national and international contacts;

h) Expenses for assets and materials related to the aims of the Institute;

i) Other expenses related to the aims of the Institute.

3.3. The profits incurred during the economic activity of the institute are not allowed to be distributed to the members of the institute except salaries, payments, fees or honoraries derived by the work contract or fund used to cover expenses incurred during the activity of the institute.

IV. Joining, division, and liquidation 

4.1. Joining, division, and liquidation of IEP are established and regulated by law.

4.2. IEP is liquidated by the Board or other persons authorized by the Board.

4.3. In case of liquidation, the remaining property of IEP will be distributed to the Board members, or, by decision of the Board, to other non-profit Albanian organizations that have similar aims with those of IEP.