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Here we discuss the possible legal forms for our community. So far this is very incomplete

European Cooperative (SCE) Edit

  • Needs at least 5 members from different european countries
  • Needs founding capital of 30000 €
  • Liable legal entity
  • Requires purpose written in Articles of Association
  • Commercial activity allowed
  • Notable examples: c3s: cultural commons collecting society

Registered cooperative under german law: eingetragene Genossenschaft (e.G.) Edit

  • Needs at least 3 Members
  • Needs no founding capital
  • Liable legal entity
  • Requires purpose written in Articles of Association (Satzung)
  • Membership limited to german citizens (???)
  • Commercial activity allowed
    • Can pay dividends to members
    • Can employ people
    • Can recieve donations
  • Relevant talk: Hacker eG

Registered association under german law: eingetragener Verein (e.V.) Edit

  • Needs at least 7 Members for founding, and 3 to keep existing
  • Needs no founding capital
  • Liable legal entity
  • Requires purpose written in Articles of Association (Satzung)
  • Membership limited to german citizens (???)
    • Free for all but:
      • Donations are only accepted in Germany for tax-refunds
  • Commercial activity forbidden
    • Commercial activites are allowed, but income must be used for puposes (as written in statute)
    • to gain the tax-free status the Association needs at least one charitable purpose as listed in (https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/ao_1977/__52.html)
    • income must not exeed 35.000 EUR to stay tax-free
  • Notable examples: Palava e. V., KDE e.V.

Austrian Club (Verein) Edit

  • Needs at least 2 members
  • Needs no founding capital
  • Founding members need to be Austrian citizens, other members most likely not
  • Commercial activity for financial gain of the members forbidden, but allowed to support the club's activities
  • Below a certain turnover no need for more elaborate bookkeeping
  • Registration can take up to a few weeks and costs less than 100 Euros in administrative fees
  • No ongoing fees
  • Club must have a purpose that is clearly formulated at foundation
  • Statutes (Articles of Association) must be formulated before submitting founding documents that cover certain points that regulate club business
  • Members must meet at least every five years (or more often) to elect club officials
  • Members are liable for breaking the law