of an European Association that joins the efforts of its Members to promote and develop organic plant breeding in organic agriculture.
(4) The Association pursues exclusively and directly benevolent purposes. The Association is active with no regard to its own benefit. It does not predominately pursue the purpose of generating income. Means of the Association may only be used for statutory purposes. Members do not receive payments from the means of the Association. No person may profit from expenditures, which are alien to the Association's purposes, or by disproportional high remuneration.
The Association's purpose is to protect the environment; nature and biodiversity by furthering organic agriculture through plant breeding directed at the needs of organic farming systems. For this end the Association may, for example,
(a) initiate, establish, support and maintain organic plant breeding programmes, which will make available information and material to European organic farmers and which will correspond to the principles of organic agriculture;
(b) develop and investigate the concepts and scientific basis of organic plant breeding and
(c) develop and promote appropriate standards and practises as well as an appropriate legal framework for organic plant breeding.
To further its purpose the Association may also provide, for example, for the exchange of knowledge and thoughts among its members, for the information of the public, and for representation in parliamentary and administrative rule-making.