Regional assemblies of Emmaus Europe
Our general assembly, known as the regional assembly, is the highest authority within Emmaus Europe. It has all the necessary powers and competencies to achieve the goals set out for the movement in our Statutes, founding texts and in decisions taken by the General assembly of Emmaus International and by the Regional assembly of Emmaus Europe.
The assembly is always a great opportunity for our members to meet. It takes place every four years in a different location across Europe. It is also an important event in terms of our internal democracy as the European Emmaus groups come together to define the guidelines for our work for the next four years and to elect new board members for the region.
The last assembly took place from 28 to 31 October 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain: see the pictures.
Regional councils of Emmaus Europe
The board, known as the Regional Council, is in charge of creating the atmosphere, of monitoring and of checking what is done by all the other bodies of Emmaus Europe, including the regional executive committee, the executive body. The regional board meets twice per year and given that the general assembly only meets every four years it is the board which approves both the accounts and the annual activity reports.
The regional board is made up of:
- The Chair of Emmaus Europe, a figure elected by the regional assembly
- 12 Emmaus International board members who are members of both boards – the board of Emmaus Europe and the board of Emmaus International
- One national delegate per country for all countries that have a national organisation
The Regional Executive, Emmaus Europe’s executive body
The Regional Executive holds all the powers needed to manage the day-to-day business of Emmaus Europe based on a mandate given by the Regional Council. The Regional Executive reports to the Regional Council.
It meets as often as necessary and at least four times a year. It makes its decisions by absolute majority of the members present.
The annual contribution that each member group makes to Emmaus Europe is essential to the implementation of the initiatives voted upon by the movement at our assemblies and it also allows us to coordinate the movement on the regional level.
You can find the scale for the membership fees, voted upon at the 2015 regional assembly, in the call for membership fees below. The membership fees are the only source of income for Emmaus Europe.