About us

Ecological Organization “Avalon” is dedicated to the values ​​of the environment, humanistic ideals, human rights and freedoms, the principles of tolerance, respect for differences, multiculturalism and solidarity.
The mission of our organization is to contribute to the environmental protection in South Banat, but also far beyond it; raising the ecological awareness of the population and supporting the revitalization of society, its humanization, with an emphasis on cultivating understanding and tolerance among different, gender, ethnic communities and confessions.
The vision we are dedicated to is an ecologically conscious society, which successfully improves the state of the environment; respecting human rights, respecting civilian initiatives, cultivating a spirit of understanding, tolerance and cooperation among different ethnic communities and members of different confessions
It was founded in early 2003. In addition to organizing seven eco camps, Avalon has also implemented more than 10 projects of ecological and social ecological character, half of which were supported by international institutions/organizations. In addition, Avalon has organized a number of additional activities, especially in alarming situations, when there was no time to wait for the process of allocating funds for projects. There are a 170 members from which 30 are volunteers.
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Steering committee of Ecological Association Avalon

Goran Dimitrijevski (vice president)

Danijela Stojanov (vice president)

Bojana Brajkov (Member)

Vojislav Janjić (Member)

Stevan Petrov (Member)

Mladen Šikanja (Member)

Zorana Crnojević (Member)

Nikola Jerković (Member)

Budimir Babić (President)

In accordance with the provisions of Article 12 and 78 of the Law on Associations (“Official Gazette of RS”, No. 51/09),at the assembly held on February 6, 2011. The following amendments were adopted

STATUTE of

Ecological Association “Avalon”

The Avalon Ecological Association (hereinafter: the Association) is a voluntary, non-governmental and non-profit association based on indefinite time in order to achieve goals in the field of environmental protection and civil society development.

Article 2

The goals of the Association are:

  1. Collecting, processing and forwarding to the public and interested individuals relevant ecological information
  2. Collection and processing of scientific and expert literature in the field of ecology and development of civil society with particular reference to human rights
  3. Organization of educational activities (independently or in cooperation with other organizations) such as professional meetings, consultations, seminars and other
  4. Promoting books and other publications on environmental protection and the problems of civil society
  5. Organizing scientific and professional workers for work on scientific, expert and research projects in the field of ecology and development of civil society
  6. Cooperation with universities, professional associations and other organizations in the country and abroad dealing with environmental issues and the development of civil society.

    Article 4

    The name of the Association is: Еколошко удружење „Авалон“.

    The name of the Association in English is: Environmental Association “Avalon”.

    The abbreviated name of the Association is: E.U. “Avalon”.

    The association has its headquarters in Vršac, Igmanska 23.

    The Association realizes its activity on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

    Article 6

    1. A Member may withdraw from membership by giving a written statement of withdrawal. The consent of the legal representative is not required for the appearance of a minor member.
    2. Membership in the Association may cease due to one-year inactivity of a member, non-compliance with the provisions of this Statute or violation of the reputation of the Association.
    3. The decision on termination of membership is made by the Assembly, convened on the reasoned proposal of the Board of Directors or on the reasoned proposal of at least three members of the Assembly.
    4. A member must be able to state the reasons for the proposal for the termination of his membership in the Association

    Article 8

    The bodies of the Association are the Assembly, the Steering Committee and  the Supervisory Board.

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    Article 10

    The Board of Directors is the executive body of the Association, responsible for the implementation of the goals of the associations established by this Statute.

    The Board of Directors has three members elected and revoked by the Assembly.

    The term of office of the members of the Board of Directors lasts four years and can be re-elected to the same function.

    The Assembly appoints the President of the Association and the Deputy President of the Association from among the Management Board.

    Article 12

    Board of directors:

    1. Manages the work of the Association between the two sessions of the Assembly and makes decisions in order to achieve the goals of the Association;
    2. Organizes regular activities of the Association;
    3. Entrusts specific tasks to individual members;
    4. Make(s) financial decisions;
    5. Decides to initiate the procedure for amendments to the Statute, by its own initiative or at the proposal of at least three members of the Association, and prepare(s) a proposal for amendments, which is submitted to the Assembly for adoption;
    6. Decides to initiate a procedure for compensation of damages in the cases referred to in Article 25, paragraph 2 of the Law on Associations and, if necessary, appoint(s) a special representative of the association for that procedure;
    7. Decides on other issues for which other bodies of the Association are not authorized, by law or this Statute.

    The board of directors decides in full if there is at least one half of the members, and the decisions are made by the majority of votes of all members.

    Article 14

    The work of the Association is public. The Steering Committee takes care of regular informing of the membership and the public about the work and activities of the Association, directly or through internal publications, that is, through a press release.

    Annual accounts and reports on the activities of the association are submitted to the members at the session of the assembly of the association.

    Article 16

    The Association shall obtain funds from voluntary contributions, donations and gifts, financial subsidies and other legally authorized means.

    Article 18

    The Association may also obtain funds from the registration fees for seminars and other forms of education in the field of environmental protection and civil society development, as well as products produced within the framework of educational workshops, as well as other forms of related economic activities performed by the association. Profits made by performing economic and other activities can be used exclusively for achieving the objectives of the association, including the costs of the regular work of the Association and their own participation in the financing of certain projects.

    Article 20

    In case of termination of work, the Assembly will decide on the organization to which the assets of the Association are transferred, for which only a domestic eligible legal entity, established for the purpose of achieving the same or similar objectives, can be determined. Assets cannot be left to members and founders.

    Article 22

     

    Any provisions not regulated by this Statute will directly apply the provisions of the Law on Associations.

     

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    Predsident

    Budimir Babić

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    Article 3

    In order to achieve its goals, the Association in particular:

    1. Organizes voluntary actions;
    2. Promote(s) the idea of ​​dissolution;
    3. Promote(s) ecological education;
    4. Promote(s) the fight against all forms of discrimination;
    5. Promotes environmental protection;
    6. Is committed to improving the status of protected natural assets;

      Article 5

      1. A member of the Association may be any person who accepts the goals of the Association and the Statute and submits an application for membership to the Board of Directors of the Association.
      2. The Steering Committee convenes the Assembly, no later than 15 days from the day of submitting the application, which, with more than half of the votes, receives a membership of a new member.
      3. A minor who has reached the age of 14 may join the association by attaching a certified statement by his legal representative to grant consent.
      4. For a person under 14 years of age referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, the application shall be filed by his legal representative.

      Article 7

      A member of (A member of age in ili An adult member of) the Association is entitled to:

      1. Equally with other members (to) participate in achieving the goals of the Association;
      2. He directly participates in decision making in the Assembly, as well as through the organs of the Association;
      3. Elect and be elected to the organs of the Association;
      4. Be timely and fully informed about the work and activities of the Association.

      A minor member of the association has rights from item 1 and 4 of paragraph 1 of this Article. A minor member who has reached the age of 14 may attend the session of the Assembly and participate in the discussion, but does not have the right to vote.

      A member is obliged to:

      1. Actively contributes to achieving the goals of the Association;
      2. Participates, in accordance with the interest, in the activities of the Association;
      3. He (She) performs other tasks entrusted to him by the Board of Directors.

        Article 9

        The Assembly of the Association consists of all its members.

        The Assembly meets regularly once a year. An extraordinary session of the Assembly may be scheduled on the reasoned proposal of the Steering Committee, as well as at the initiative of at least one third of the members of the Assembly. The initiative is submitted to the Steering Committee in writing, and it must include questions that are being considered.

        The session of the Assembly is called by the Chairman of the Board of Directors (at the latest within 15 days from the date of the submission of the initiative) in a written notification of the place and time of the Assembly’s holding and the draft agenda.

        Candidates for the Chairman of the Assembly are nominated by the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The meeting is chaired by a person who, by public vote, is elected at the beginning of the session.


        Assembly:

        Adopts plan and program of work;

        Adopts the Statute, as well as the amendments to the Statute;

        Adopt other general acts of the Association;

        Selects and dismisses the members of the Steering Committee;

        Consider(s) and approve(s), at least once a year, the report of the Board of Directors;

        Considers and approves the financial plan and report;

        Decides on status changes and termination of the association’s work ;

        Decides on association in (with other) alliances

         The Assembly shall decide fully if there is at least one half of the voting members present.

        The Assembly shall decide by a majority of the members present.

        The decision on amending the Statute, status changes and termination of the Association requires a two-thirds majority of the votes of the present members.

        Article 11

        The president of the association represents the Association in legal transactions and has the rights and duties of the financial mandator.

        The Deputy President is authorized, in the absence of the President of the Association, to represent the Association in legal transactions and has the rights and duties of the financial mandator.

        Prevention of the participation of the President is defined by the President by giving a written statement of his absence.

        Article 13

         The Supervisory Board controls the financial operations of the Association and on the detected irregularities, without delay, informs the Board of Directors

        The Supervisory Board has three members elected by the Assembly. The term of office of the members of the Supervisory Board is four years and can be re-elected

         The Supervisory Board submits a report at each session of the Assembly.

         The members of the Supervisory Board cannot be members of the Steering Committee.

        Article 15

         In order to achieve its goals, the Association establishes contacts and cooperates with other associations and organizations in the country and abroad.

         The association can access international associations dealing with environmental protection and development of civil society, which is decided by the Assembly.

        Article 17

         The association acquires funds for catering activities: 56.30 – services for preparing and serving drinks.

        The association can start with the direct performance of this activity only after the entry into the Register of economic entities.

        Article 19

        The Association shall cease its work by a decision of the Assembly by a two-thirds majority of the total number of its members, when the conditions for achieving the goals of the Association cease to exist, as well as in other cases provided by law.

        Article 21

        The Association has a circular seal and contains the sign of the Association, as well as the print: E.U. Avalon, Vrsac, Cyrillic and Latin.

        PROGRAM PRINCIPLES OF THE AVALON ECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

        INTRODUCTION

         

        The Ecological Association Avalon is an ecological, humanistic and democratic civil society organization having its principles based on the UN Charter on Human Rights, environmental, democratic and pacifist principles, as well as on the rights and obligations of all people on the planet to preserve and promote life on it without regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality or political affiliation.

        It gathers ecologically conscious, democratically defined and politically responsible people who want to achieve the goals of protecting the environment and democratic development of civil society as a contribution to future generations.

         In accordance with that, Avalon cooperates with all substantially democratic groups, environmental and other non-governmental and governmental organizations and institutions that have similar goals.

         

        Principle of Nature

        Man’s actions have seriously disturbed the ecological balance. Considering that this has a destructive effect on nature and brings into question its existence, the operating of Avalon is primarily aimed at protecting the environment.

        Principle of development

        Avalon advocates socio-economic development on the principles of sustainable development, which implies the integration of environmental and economic criteria in the development of the economy, as well as the implementation of Agenda 21. As far as society is concerned, these efforts are related to its humanization, building of social solidarity and the thorough recovery. 

        Principle of energy

        Avalon is opposed to the production and use of nuclear energy as well as all other forms of energy whose agents and waste cannot be brought in completely inert form, during and after use. We will advocate the application of alternative energy sources: wind, solar, water, bioenergy, etc.

         

        The principle of noise and vibration

        The harmful effect of noise and vibration on human organism depends on the intensity and time of the exposure, which are the risk factors by which the modern man is increasingly endangered. Our commitment will focus on eliminating and reducing the consequences through an adequate protection, if they cannot be eliminated completely.

         

        Principle of hazardous and toxic substances

        The risks of the negative impact the hazardous and toxic substances used in medicine, industry and science or produced as potential pollutants must be kept under control as prescribed by laws (and even done so with a greater caution).

         

        Avalon advocates replacing these materials with alternative, less dangerous or harmless materials that do not open the possibility of inflicting harm. A special attention should be paid to the nuclear technology and genetic engineering due to their potentially harmful consequences.

         

        Principle of Education and Culture

         In addition to the economic and social vulnerability, our country is threatened with the cultural endangerment due to the long-lasting negative impact of various factors such as the loss of cultural identity due to poverty, human capital flight, the effects of globalization and a totalitarian regime. Avalon advocates the rapid development of the education and culture, and especially the development of the environmental awareness of the entire population, particularly the younger generations, through the educational systems starting as soon as the pre-school institutions and elementary schools.

         

        Principle of Ethics

        The ethical approach should be applied in all domains of life, all levels of interests and relationship with the environment. It is necessary to develop a sense of responsibility for preserving the ecosystem. Avalon will continually strive to follow the code of high moral standards and quality criteria in all aspects of life. In this regard, it is necessary to follow and further develop the segments of legislation dedicated to ecology, along with making sure it is continually aligned with the international norms and environmental law.

        The principle of human rights and freedoms

        In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our commitment is to fight for the realization of the right to life, political rights, the right to legal protection, the right to property, the right to freedom of thought, as well as all other rights prescribed by this declaration.

        Policy principle of operation

        Avalon advocates the development of democracy and democratic parliamentary, and is against any totalitarianism or oligarchic governance of the state, districts or municipalities.

        Avalon will foster a regional approach to environmental, economic, social and cultural issues with the aim of cooperation and comprehensive treatment of issues, as well as the prevention of centralist absolutism.

        Principles on resources  

        Avalon will strive to preserve and improve the quality and rational use of water, air, soil and other resources in both urban and rural areas, given the assumptions of the development of economy and tourism.

        Principle of physical and mental health  

        Avalon will advocate the proper development of physical health and its preservation by improving the quality of nutrition, preventive health care and adequate health protection as well as improving the cultural pattern of social and individual life.

        Our efforts go towards the overcoming of social anomalies, such as: all forms of social pathological behavior, mental contamination, morality erosion and everything else that in a similar way disrupts the health of individuals and society.

        Principle of spatial development

        The spatial plan should be aligned with the concept of sustainable development and define qualitative and quantitative resources for future generations.

        Principle of information

        Avalon advocates an open and independent flow of information and full freedom of the media in line with the historical achievements of civic democracy and freedom of the press.

        Principle of international cooperation  

        Avalon advocates cooperation with all democratic subjects on the principles of full equality, mutual respect and exchange of scientific, cultural and technological achievements and innovations, in accordance with the strategy of sustainable development.

        Through its cooperation programs with other countries and institutions, Avalon will be involved in programs of global and regional significance for the development and preservation of the environment, and consequently of human civilization in the global.