NGOs shall qualify for full membership of EuroNGOs if it is determined by the Steering Committee that:
- The organisation's aims, policies and programmes are consistent with the ICPD Programme of Action and the 12 rights of the IPPF Charter on Sexual and Reproductive Rights.
- The organisation's policy making bodies are not composed of or controlled by persons or organisations involved commercially in the sale, supply or manufacture of contraceptive goods.*
- The organisation's attendance at EuroNGO meetings is not motivated, or likely to be motivated, by private commercial considerations.
- The organisation's registered office and principal base has been in a member country of the EU, an EU candidate country**, Norway or Switzerland for at least two years.
- The organisation's staff are, in the majority, European residents.
- The organisation is defined as a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation according to the appropriate national authorities.
- The organisation's board of trustees/directors/volunteers is made up of at least two-thirds European residents.
- The organisation can demonstrate that it is an autonomous European NGO entirely directed and managed within Europe.
*Formula based on “Standards and Responsibilities of Membership” (IPPF), which is held to permit subsidiary undertakings of the kind described, together with charitably based cost-recovery programmes.
**EU candidate country as defined by the EU (link).
Associate Membership Criteria
Based on historical developments within EuroNGOs, NGOs based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, which are ineligible to apply for Full Membership, for geographical reasons only, but still fit the criteria for full membership (# 1,2,3,6) shall be eligible to apply for Associate Membership.
Parliamentary groups and Networks in Europe are ineligible for full membership but if their activities are focussed on the ICPD PoA they shall be eligible for Associate Membership.
Organisation who would otherwise have a double mandate (two votes) may be eligible for Associate membership – i.e. for Networks whose members are already members of EuroNGOs or organisations with branches in different countries.
The differences between full and associate members are: * only full members have the right to change the governing instruments * only full members elect the SC or provide members to serve on the SC * only full members cast votes in the Ballot for election of Members. Otherwise Associate members have full rights of attendance and participation at all sessions, including any members' only sessions.