ARTICLE 1

Constitution

1. The “Welcome Association Italy” Association is established.
2. The Association is governed by articles 36, 37 and 38 of the civil code, by this Statute and by any Regulations that, having been approved according to the statutory regulations, are necessary to better regulate specific membership relationships or activities.
3. The present system is of democratic nature, providing elections for associative positions, standards for admission of possible members, their obligations and rights.
4. The Association has an unlimited duration in time.

ARTICLE 2

Offices

The registered office of the Association is in Rome. The Board of Directors, by means of deliberation, may transfer the registered office and/or address in Italy, establish or close secondary offices or sections whether in Italy, in the European Union, or abroad.

ARTICLE 3

Objective

1. The Association pursues non-profit objectives of social, civil and cultural utility in favor of members or third parties carrying out activities of a social nature, also through the promotion of welfare measures aimed at guaranteeing assistance and protection of subjects who are working members of the society.
2. In particular it promotes the knowledge and enhancement of cultural, social, economic, recreational, sporting and religious expressions of foreigners and the dissemination of any information and/or activities useful for their stay in Italy. It favors for immigrant foreigners, permanently or temporarily, their positive insertion into the Italian society with particular regard to their rights and their duties, to the various opportunities for integration and personal and community growth offered by public administrations and by associations, as well as the possibilities of positive reintegration in the country of origin; it promotes sports by recognizing sport as a resource for social inclusion. It favors the contacts of foreigners with the institutions, facilitating access to public and private services, assisting them in the connection with work and promotes every initiative aimed at their health, social security, legal and welfare protection during their stay in Italy.
3. The Association intends to undertake every action of development of the culture of welfare, in the pre-working, working and post-working period, which allows to:
• give individual awareness to achieve a minimum standard of living;
• inform, providing security and guaranteeing individuals and their families during the presence of unfavorable natural and economic events of various kinds;
• facilitate access to certain basic services, such as education, health, social security, assistance;
• encourage the adaptation of the workforce to continuous changes in the labor market;
• ensure health, social security and legal protection even in the non-occupational phases of the life cycle (education, training, old age, maternity, unemployment, etc.).
4. The Association intends to develop programs, protection projects and social investments that integrate with public and compulsory welfare. To this end it aims to facilitate the transition from school to work, promote employment, promote social protection programs, development of skills and entrepreneurship, create job opportunities, reduce disparities in the labor market, support economic competitiveness, promote safer working conditions, develop actions in supplementary health care, training, job search orientation.
5. The Association also carries out activities of linguistic and intercultural social mediation in order to facilitate relations between individual public administrations and foreigners belonging to different ethnic, national, linguistic and religious groups; it favors any initiative suitable for the removal of obstacles that prevent the effective retention of foreigner’s rights and duties, information on causes of immigration and prevention of racial discrimination or xenophobia.
6. To achieve these aims, the Association will promote every initiative in compliance with the State, regions, provinces, municipalities and European Union authorities, also in collaboration with foreigner associations and organizations operating in their favor, with public and private institutions as well as in collaboration with authorities or public and private entities of the countries of origin, as well as with Italian and foreign public and private institutions and organizations operating in the welfare sector.
7. The Association may conduct its activities directly or/and in collaboration and/or through other institutions having the same objectives or similar purposes.

ARTICLE 4

Activities

1. The Association is open to anyone who shares principles of solidarity and carries out activities of social utility in favor of members or third parties, without a profit, not even indirect, with complete respect of freedom and dignity of the members.
2. To achieve the objectives set, as an example and not compulsory, it may:
a) carry out study assignments and promotion of activities aimed at encouraging the participation of foreigners in public life and the circulation of information on the application of the Legislative Decree 25th of July 1998, n.286;
b) carry out actions of an informative nature in terms of welfare, in favor of students, employees, professionals, business owners or partners of commercial companies, retired individuals, unemployed individuals;
c) favor young people and students in pre-working age, through adequate training and in close collaboration with companies, for the immediate operation and introduction into the world of work;
d) promote redevelopment paths for people who have lost their jobs or women who have abandoned the world of work due to maternity;
e) promote language and culture of origin of foreigners and training courses, inspired by standards of coexistence in a multicultural society and prevention of discriminatory, xenophobic or racist behavior, also aimed at operators of public bodies, offices and institutions which have customary relationships with foreigners, or which employ significant immigration skills;
f) promote knowledge and development of cultural, social, economic, recreational, sporting and religious expressions of foreigners legally living in Italy and any information initiative on the causes of immigration and prevention of racial discrimination or xenophobia, also through the collection, , at school and university libraries, of books, periodicals and audiovisual material produced in the original language of the countries of origin of foreigners residing in or coming from Italy;
g) promote flexible and reliable contractual agreements, active labor market policies, lifelong learning and modern social security systems;
h) encourage active associationism of foreigners in Italy and in the European Union; promote articulations of the Association in Italy, in the European Union and in the countries of origin or transit of foreigners; develop contacts and relationships with Italian and foreign organizations, institutions and associations by joining similar international structures;
i) develop tools to acquire skills necessary for the use of a profession;
j) promote integrated mutuality systems, including the establishment of supplementary health funds, aimed at providing health services according to non-profit-oriented logic and based on the principle of solidarity among occupational categories or groups of citizens;
k) promote actions to raise employment and quality levels of jobs, improve access to the labor market, support the geographical and occupational mobility of workers;
l) promote supplementary pension schemes, including the institution of pension funds, in order to provide a substitute, supplementary or additional pension treatment than that guaranteed by the public pension;
m) carry out study and research assignments to promote a high level of education and training for all and support the transition from education to employment for young people, fight poverty, improve social inclusion, and promote equality of gender, non-discrimination and equal opportunities, thus contributing to the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion;
n) promote abroad relationships, collaborations, agreements with public and private bodies, political organizations, trade unions, professional bodies, companies and professionals for the protection of health, social security, welfare, as well as the defense of rights, including in legal offices, and the interests of the associates in Italy and abroad;
o) promote and coordinate studies, research, seminars, conferences and develop any informational action through the dissemination of periodicals, radio and television broadcasts, internet sites and social networks as well as any other means useful for the purpose.
3. The Association may carry out any other cultural or recreational activity and may conduct any economic or financial, real estate or property transaction deemed useful for the achievement of the social purposes.
4. The Association will be able to carry out acts benefitting its members also through power of attorney.

ARTICLE 5

Members

1. All individuals that share the same objectives of the Association and who believe are able to actively contribute to the Association, without any discrimination of sex, age, language, nationality, religion and ideology, whether they are resident or not resident in Italy may become a Member.
2. Becoming a Members is also permitted for associations, public and private bodies, companies and any type of legal person if they share the institutional objectives and purposes of the Association.
3. The Association distinguishes the following categories of members:
• Founding members;
• Resident Members;
• Staying Members.
4. Founding Members are those who have participated in the initial constitution of the Association.
5. Resident Members or Stay Members, depending on whether they reside in Italy or stay there, are individuals who join the Association during its existence.
6. The division of members of the Association into the aforementioned categories does not imply any difference in treatment between one another. In particular, each Member has the right to essentially participate during the life of the Association.
7. Legal persons are represented at the Association by their legal representative or by a person delegated by them.
8. Registration to the Association is for an indefinite period of time and cannot be arranged for a temporary period, without prejudice in any case to the right of withdrawal.
9. All the members have the duty to observe the present Statute, Regulations, decisions made by the Partners’ meeting and by the Board of Directors.
Individuals who intend to join the Association must fill out and sign the registration form, also through a specific online form on the Association’s website, expressly declaring that they share the objectives and they are committed to observe the Statute, the Regulations and decisions by the Partners’ meeting and the Board of Directors, payment of the annual membership fee.
Members are considered to be registered with the Association by sending the application form and paying the membership fee. Within 30 days the Board of Directors will ratify the registration or reject it. Failure to send the rejection notice within the 40 days following enrollment will result in its final completion from the beginning of the membership relationship.
An individual automatically loses their status of member of the Association in the event of non-payment of the membership fee. The registration is valid for one year and can be confirmed from year to year, in the absence of withdrawal, with the payment of the membership fee only.

ARTICLE 6

Promoting Members

Members who are actively involved in promoting the mission of the Association, supporting and taking care of initiatives, meeting the needs and characteristics of potential members, also taking care of procedures for relevant registrations, can present a request to the Executive Council to become a “Promoting Member”, whose requirements, standards and assignment of functions will be explained in a specific regulation.
The Promoting Members will be responsible for activities carried out and will be able to hand out necessary forms to potential members, collect them and finally cash in the membership fee which will be forwarded to the Association. The Promoting Member will work, in a free and voluntary environment, at the offices which are directly managed by the Association and located throughout the national territory or at offices of third parties with which the Association will sign specific Memoranda of Understanding.

ARTICLE 7

Rights and Duties of Members, Withdrawal and Exclusion

1. Members carry out their actions mainly free of charge. Every member has the right:
• to attend the Partners’ Meetings and to vote directly;
• to be aware of programs with which the Association intends to carry out social objectives;
• to participate in the activities promoted by the Association;
• to use all services of the Association;
• to observe the rules of this Statute, the Regulations and the resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors;
• to deposit the annual membership fee, the amount is decided by the Partners’ Meeting;
• to carry out activities previously agreed upon;
• to maintain a behavior in compliance with the objectives of the Association.
2. Membership of the Association entails the right to vote in the Partners’ Meetings for the approval and modification of the Statute, Regulations and the appointment of governing bodies of the Association.
3. An individual can lose membership in different cases, such as death, failure to pay the membership fee, withdrawal and exclusion.
4. Each Member may withdraw from the Association at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors; such withdrawal will take effect immediately. The obligation to pay the membership fee for the current year remains compulsory.
5. The exclusion of members from the Association can take place with the favorable vote of at least two thirds of the members of the Board of Directors due to serious and repeated non-fulfillment of the obligations and duties deriving from this statute, including, by way of example and without limitation:
• non-fulfillment of the obligation to make contributions provided for in this statute;
• conduct which is deemed to be incompatible with the duty of collaboration with other bodies of the Association;
• behavior which is contrary to the duty of non-asset services;
• behavior which does not conform to the principles and values that the Association is inspired by and in any case for acts carried out in contrast with the provisions of this statute or if there are serious reasons that make the continuation of the membership incompatible;
• serious criminal convictions;
• precautionary measures.
6. In the case of legal persons, the exclusion also takes place for the following reasons:
• extinction, for whatever reason;
• opening of liquidation procedures;
• bankruptcy;
• serious criminal convictions.
7. The membership fee is non-repayable, personal, non-refundable, it cannot be transferred to third parties or returned in the event of withdrawal, death or exclusion and is not subject to revaluation.

ARTICLE 8

Assets and Revenue of the Association

1. The Assets of the Association are constituted by real and personal property conferred at the moment of the constitution and resulting in it. The assets can be increased with:
• purchases, bequests and donations of real and personal property received, in any capacity by the Association, due to an increase in assets;
• contributions from public and private bodies or individuals;
• inheritances, donations and legacy bequests with restricted destination;
• contingent assets not used for the achievement of institutional purposes;
• donations or net operating surpluses.
It is however subject to the obligation to provide for the conservation and maintenance of the assets.
2. For the fulfillment of its assignments the Association has economic resources deriving from:
• shares and contributions paid by partners;
• income deriving from its assets;
• contributions from the State, regions, local authorities, public bodies or institutions, also aimed at supporting specific and documented programs carried out in the context of statutory purposes;
• contributions from the European Union or international organizations;
• revenue from the provision of agreed services;
• profits from the sale of goods and services to partners and third parties;
• donations from members or third parties, both natural and legal persons, both public and private;
• inheritances, donations and legacies not intended to increase assets;
• income deriving from promotional initiatives aimed at its own financing, such as public collections of funds, parties and subscriptions which include premiums;
• other income compatible with social purposes.
Liberal donations in cash, donations and bequests, are accepted by the Board of Directors which deliberates, on their use in harmony, with the statutory purposes of the organization.
3. The Assembly determines the amount of annual membership fees.
4. It is faculty of the members of the Association to make further payments in relation to those required and annual payments.

ARTICLE 9

Authorities of the Association

1. The authorities of the Association are:
– the Partners’ Meeting;
– the Board of Directors;
– the President;
– the Vice President
– the General Secretary;
– the Sole Auditor or the Board of Auditors, if appointed or required by law.
The election of the Authorities of the Association cannot be in any way bound or limited and is informed by standards of complete freedom to participate in active and passive electorate.

ARTICLE 10

Partners’ Meeting

1. The Meeting is composed of all the members of the Association up to date with the payment of fees; it is the sovereign authority of the Association.
2. The Meeting takes place at least twice a year: for the approval of the final balance within 120 days from the end of the financial year and if particular needs require it, it can be called within 180 days from the end of the financial year; for the balance approval by December 31 of each year.
3. It also:
– provides for the appointment of the President of the Association, the Vice President, the members of the Executive Council, establishing the number, the Sole Auditor or members of the Board of Auditors and of the relative President;
– outlines the general guidelines of the Association’s activity;
– deliberates on changes to this Statute;
– approves the final balance and budget;
– determines the amount of annual membership fees;
– resolves the dissolution, liquidation of the Association and the devolution of its assets. The Meeting is convened by the President whenever he deems it appropriate or a request is made by at least one third of his members or by at least two thirds of the Directors. Meetings are held in the location which is indicated each time in the convocation.
4. The convocation is made by the President through publication on the website of the Association and sent by any traceable means of communication (E-mail, social network messages, sms, ect) or fax, or registered E-mail, or certified electronic mail sent to all the members at the addresses indicated at the time of registration and/or changed with subsequent written communication. The convocation must contain an indication of the location, day and time of the meeting both first and second convocation, the list of topics to be discussed and must be communicated at least ten days before the meeting itself. The convocation must also be delivered to the members of the Board of Directors.
5. The Meeting is validly constituted and able to deliberate if at least half of its members are present on first convocation.
6. On second convocation the Meeting is validly constituted regardless of the number of those present. The second convocation can take place on the same day set for the first convocation even at an hour apart.
7. Each partner has the right to one vote.
8. Deliberations on both first and second convocation are made by favorable vote of the majority of those present. Voting by correspondence is not permitted.
9. For the appointment of the President, the favorable vote of the absolute majority of those present at the Meeting is required, both on first and second convocation; for the approval of the regulations and the statutory modifications the favorable vote is required the majority of those present both on first and second convocation. For the deliberations of dissolution of the Association and devolution of its patrimony, presence is necessary on both first and in second convocation of the favorable vote of at least two thirds of the individuals present.
10. The Meeting is chaired by the President of the Association or, in case of his absence or impediment, by the Vice President; in the absence, upon designation of those present, by another member of the Board of Directors. The President of the Association is assisted by a Secretary elected by those present at the beginning of each Meeting, who must draw up a memorandum of the meeting. The memorandum must be signed by the President and the Secretary.

ARTICLE 11

The Board of Directors

1. The Association is administered by a Board of Directors composed, as chosen during Meeting, of a minimum of three members, including the President, the Vice President and the General Secretary.
2. The Advisors must be members of the Association, hold office for five years and may be re-elected.
3. If, for any reason, the majority of the directors is no longer in office, the entire Board of Directors is deemed to have lapsed and must be re-elected.
4. In the event of termination of a member of the Board of Directors, the Board itself makes place for the cooptation. The coopted advisor remains in office until the next meeting, on which the order of the day shall be the replacement of the resigned advisor; whoever is elected in place of the resigned advisor will remain in office for the same remaining time during which the outgoing director would remain in office.
5. The following functions are assigned to the Board of Directors:
– management of the Association in all its aspects according to the guidelines outlined by the Meeting;
– performance of ordinary and extraordinary administrative acts;
– annual preparation of the final balance and budget;
– matters for which the Vice President is responsible;
– appointment of the General Secretary;
– ratification of registration of the members, be they natural persons or legal persons;
– exclusion of members.
6. The Board of Directors is convened by the President whenever he deems it appropriate or a request is made by at least two thirds of the Directors and in any case at least once every 30 days. The convocation is made by the President by any traceable means of communication (e-mail, social network messages, sms, ect) or fax, registered mail, certified electronic mail containing the indication of the location, day and time of the meeting both first and second convocation and the list of topics to be discussed, sent to all members of the Board of Directors at least three days before the meeting. For unanimous acceptance, the Board of Directors may decide to discuss topics which are not on the agenda.
7. The Board of Directors is validly constituted and able to deliberate, even in the absence of the aforementioned convening formalities, if all its members are present. In this case the discussion of the topics must take place by unanimous acceptance of the members of the Board of Directors.
8. The Board of Directors is chaired by the President or, in case of his absence or impediment, by the Vice President.
9. The Board of Directors is validly constituted both on first and second convocation, if at least half of its members are present.
10. The deliberations of the Board of Directors are taken with the favorable vote of the majority of those present; the vote cannot be given by representation.
11. Attendance at Board meetings may also take place via telecommunication means. Deliberations consist of a memorandum drawn up in a specific book and signed by the President and the Secretary appointed at the beginning of each Meeting.
12. The Board of Directors may delegate part of its competence to one or more of its members for the management of current affairs relating to the administration of the Association.

ARTICLE 12

The President

1. The President of the Association is responsible for representing the Association before third parties and in court.
2. On the basis of directives issued by the Meeting and by the Board of Directors, the President of the Association is responsible for the ordinary administration of the Association. In exceptional cases of necessity and urgency the President can perform acts of extraordinary administration; in this case they must contextually convene the Executive Council for the ratification of their work.
3. The President convenes and presides over the Partners’ Meeting and the Board of Directors, oversees the execution of the relative resolutions, monitors the good administrative performance of the Association, verifies compliance with the Statute and Regulations, promotes the reform where the need arises.
4. The President holds office for five years and can be re-elected.

ARTICLE 13

The Vice President

The Vice President has competence over matters and functions conferred by deliberation of the Board of Directors. They replace the President in all their duties whenever they are unable to perform their duties. The Vice President holds office for five years and can be re-elected.

ARTICLE 14

The General Secretary

1. The General Secretary coordinates and supervises activities of the Administration of the Association; The General Secretary manages economic resources and oversees accounting management. They assist the President in explanations of activities for purposes of the normal and regular functioning of the Association and can replace them in case of impediment of the Vice President, or on specific proxy.
2. The General Secretary prepares the final balance sheets and estimates for the Board of Directors. They are elected by an absolute majority of the Board of Directors and remain in office for five years and can be re-elected.

ARTICLE 15

Sole Auditor or Board of Auditors

1. The supervision of the Association is carried out, if the Assembly of members deems it necessary, by a Sole Auditor registered in the Register of Legal Auditors. The partners’ meeting may decide to appoint a Board of Auditors instead of a Single Auditor, composed of three members – including the President – all registered in the Register of Legal Auditors. The President of the Board of Auditors is appointed by the Partners’ Meeting.
2. The Sole Auditor or the Board of Auditors, by carrying out the periodic checks, supervise the observance of the law, the statute and regulations; with regard to the principles of correct administration and, in particular, the adequacy of the organizational, administrative and accounting structure adopted by the Association and on its concrete functioning; They verify the regular keeping of accounting records; examine the budget and final financial report proposals by drafting specific reports.
3. The Sole Auditor or the Board of Auditors remain in office for five years and can be reconfirmed upon expiry of the mandate. The position of Sole Auditor or member of the Board of Auditors is incompatible with any assignment in the organs of the Association and with the status of member.

ARTICLE 16

Financial Reports

1. The Association’s fiscal year close on December 31st of each year. A budget and final financial report must be prepared for each year.
2. Financial reports must remain deposited at the offices of the Association within 15 (fifteen) days preceding the Meeting called for their approval.

ARTICLE 17

Management surpluses

1. It is forbidden for the Association to distribute to the members, either directly or indirectly, profits from activities, management surpluses as well as funds or reserves, unless otherwise imposed by law.
2. Profits or management surpluses must be used to carry out typical activities.

ARTICLE 18

Dissolution

1. Dissolution of the Association is deliberated by the Partners’ Meeting with favorable vote of two thirds of those present both on first and second convocation.
2. The Partners’ Meeting will appoint one or more Liquidators, establishing the liquidation procedures as well as powers assigned.
3. The Association, after liquidation, has the obligation of devolution of residual patrimony in case of dissolution, termination or extinction, for purposes of public social utility.

ARTICLE 19

Referral clause

For all matters not established by this statute, provisions of the law and in particular the provisions of Book I, Title II, of the Civil Code and other relevant laws apply.