How To Join

How To Join

Is your organisation thinking to join our European platform for school student organisations? Great!
Go through the different membership categories and follow the different steps.
For any question or further information, please don't hesitate to contact our Communication and Membership Officer at giorgio@obessu.org 

How can your Organisation benefit from joining OBESSU?

OBESSU is an European umbrella organisation for school student organisations, unions and structures. Our strength comes in the breadth and diversity of the organisations who make up the platform.

Connecting
As part of OBESSU, your organisation can connect with the collective experiece of decades of European school student activism.

Sharing
OBESSU provides an opportunity to share, learn, collaborate and strengthen your organisation. By joining OBESSU, you can link with other Members, finding opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

Advocating
OBESSU represents the interests of European school students towards international policy-makers such as the European Union and the Council of Europe. By joining OBESSU, your organisation can influence OBESSU’s advocacy so that your organisation’s priorities are heard at a European and international level.

Governance
Being part of the platform, your organisation will attend the OBESSU Satuatory Meetings and, together with all the other Members, you will have the chance to shape the priorities and policy of the network. Your organisation will be able to nominate people for the Board and Monitoring Committee.

Membership
Introduction

To apply for Membership, the organisation must be a Candidate Organisation of OBESSU for a minimum of 12 consecutive months.

Member Organisations have one vote each during General Assemblies, Extraordinary General Assemblies and Councils of Members.

Criteria
  1. Activities must be organised in a European country, recognised by the Council of Europe 47 and/or the United Nations;
  2. Operate on a national scale;
  3. Be primarily run and controlled by, through and for school students;
  4. Hold democratic elections and are run on a democratic basis;
  5. Be representative;
  6. Be independent in their decision-making;
  7. Have objectives that are in accordance with the objectives of OBESSU.

Please note that:

  • There can be more than one Member per country;
  • Organisations representing specific educational, cultural, social or minority groups can be members;
  • An organisation cannot be represented more than once in OBESSU;
  • International umbrella organisations cannot be member organisations in OBESSU.
Apply

Applications must be submitted in writing to the OBESSU Board at board@obessu.org by the official application form. Together with the filled in application form, please make sure you provide all the documents requested. Admission procedures can be found in the OBESSU Statutes.

Application Form for Member Status

Candidacy
Introduction

Candidacy is for both parties to decide whether or not full membership should be considered. Candidacy lasts for 12 months. After a minimum of 12 months, Candidate Organisations can apply for Membership. The General Assembly and the Council of Members can also decide to renew candidacy instead of granting full membership.

Candidate Organisations have the same rights and obligations as full Members except for the right to vote in General Assemblies, Extraordinary General Assemblies and Councils of Members.

Like Members, Candidates are obliged to contribute to the running costs of OBESSU by paying the full Annual Financial Contribution. The cost varies depending on organisational revenue.

Criteria
  1. Activities must be organised in a European country, recognised by the Council of Europe 47 and/or the United Nations;
  2. Operate on a national scale;
  3. Be primarily run and controlled by, through and for school students;
  4. Hold democratic elections and are run on a democratic basis;
  5. Be representative;
  6. Be independent in their decision-making;
  7. Have objectives that are in accordance with the objectives of OBESSU.

Please note that:

  • There can be more than one Candidate per country;
  • Organisations representing specific educational, cultural, social or minority groups can be Candidates;
  • An organisation cannot be represented more than once in OBESSU;
  • International umbrella organisations cannot be member organisations in OBESSU.
Apply

Applications must be submitted in writing to the OBESSU Board at board@obessu.org by the official application form. Together with the filled in application form, please make sure you provide all the documents requested in the application form. Admission procedures can be found in the OBESSU Statutes.

Application Form for Candidate Status

Affiliateship
Introduction

Organisations which are not eligible for Candidacy can still be part of OBESSU through the Affiliate status. Affiliateship is for when a school student structure/organisation would like to be affiliated to OBESSU but does not meet the criteria for Candidacy.

Affiliate Organisations are invited to the meetings of OBESSU and have the right to receive all published documents. Affiliate Organisations are invited to Statutory Meetings, without the right to vote or speak and have the right to be regularly informed of the Board’s work and progress.

Affiliate organisations are obliged to pay 50% of the Annual Financial Contribution.

Criteria
  1. Activities are organised in Europe;
  2. Are primarily led by school students;
  3. Run democratic elections and run by democratic principles;
  4. Have objectives that are in accordance with OBESSU’s objectives;
  5. Do not fulfil the criteria for Membership in OBESSU.
Apply

Applications must be submitted in writing to the OBESSU Board at board@obessu.org by the official application form. Together with the filled in application form, please make sure you provide all the documents requested in the application form. Admission procedures can be found in the OBESSU Statutes.

Application Form for Affiliate Status

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