Statute

Definition:

Venetian Ambassadors is a non profit/charitable incorporated organisation, registered in the United Kingdom, which operates worldwide with highly humanitarian and ethical purposes in full accordance with:

-          the spirit of diplomacy, curiosity, ethical, commercial and cultural drive of the ancient diplomatic body of Serenissima Republic of Venice.

-          the principles of United Nations Assembly’s Declaration of Universal Rights (Paris, 10th December 1948).

-          the principles of United Nations Organisation’s Treaty of Human Political and Civic Rights (New York, 19th December 1966).

-          the principles of European Union’s Chart of Human Rights (18th December 2000).

VA organisation is also commonly called VA foundation.

Scopes:

a) To promote the image, work and interests of Venetian People everywhere in the World.

b) To protect their historical, cultural, linguistic legacy.

c) To help develop excellent cultural, artistic, socio-economic, commercial, entrepreneurial, scientific, medical, technological, diplomatic, sport and leisure relationships between any Venetian community and all other Nations and People in the World.

d) To protect and aid Venetian People anywhere in the World who fall in need of urgent protection, including natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, epidemics but also severe economic crises with massive loss of employment.

e) To assist them legally and protect their social, economic, civic and political rights, rights against discrimination as an ethnical minority, rights of autonomy and self-determination as according to article 1 (paragraphs 1,2,3) of the UNO Treaty of New York of 19th December 1966. 

Ethos:

VA foundation is inspired by the ethos of the ambassadors of the Republic of Saint Mark, which is to serve the interests of the Serenissima Republic and her People, under special protection from Saint Mark, all over the World.

Like their ancestor ambassadors, today’s Venetian Ambassadors mainly seek to represent those interests that can help to build and consolidate good relationships with all human communities in the World, by developing and spreading economic and financial prosperity, social welfare, culture and arts, science and technology advances, diplomatic culture, principles of freedom and respect for Human Rights.

They do not believe Venetian People to be better or worse than any other People of this World and they are aware every culture has its positives and negatives in the eyes of members of other communities.

Yet, being well aware of the splendors and downfalls of their History, they are determined to identify and encourage the best qualities, skills, capacities, behaviors and attitudes of TODAY’s Venetian People all around the World and of all communities they come in touch with to serve the purpose of building a better World for all human beings.

VA foundation has therefore a crucially distinct humanitarian ethos. It does not and will never serve political interests of a party, or a lobby, or a faction of Venetian People nor economic interests of multinational or supra-national banks or financial agencies.

Even when campaigning for universal civic rights like the right to self-determination of one People, it will do it in representation of all People involved, regardless their political belongings or positions of any nature.

All VA staff members will have a duty to offer their service as if they were the once charming ambassadors of Serenissima Republic, which is always bearing polite, friendly, peaceful, respectful, empathetic manners with any people who need them and at the same time extremely pragmatic in problem-solving.

And all VA affiliate members (not only staff members), regardless their religious, cultural or even political background,  are expected to help any people in need promptly, efficiently and with a SERENE smile, despite the difficulties or complications involved and leave with the distinctive and special salute: the Republic is back, let St Mark take care of you!

VA Organization:

Venetian Ambassadors, like any charitable organization has no owners but is only directed by a panel of one central director and his/her co-directors, also nicknamed “Samurai”. It relies on services offered by VA staff members (also called officers) all over the World, free donations, non-profit business activities, website publicity and a membership system based on level of affiliation.

VA staff is then subdivided in:

  1. Central director
  2. Co-directors
  3. Central administration staff
  4. Officer members who include:
    1. Venetian Ambassadors
    2. Venetian Consuls
    3. Venetian Charge’ d’Affairs
    4. Venetian diplomatic consultants
    5. Venetian official translators/interpreters

 

1] VA central director: he/she is one of the founder of VA organization and has a role of central coordinator. Other than this, he/she has the same duties and rights of all other co-directors and the term “co-directors” is also meant to include the central director.

2] VA co-directors are the executive officers of the organization (also known as the “executive panel”) and are people who:

  1. Share all costs of setting up, start up, launch of the organization in the public life in equal parts.
  2. Share decision making concerning the approval of projects for funding, services to be offered, members to be accepted, publicity, sources of income, disposal of funds, protection of funds, types of donations and donors, resolutions against conflicts of interest, disciplinary actions, legal actions (whether plaintiffs or defendants), relationships  or partnerships with other non-profit organizations, relationships or contracts with public or private companies (whether NOT in conflict with interest with its humanitarian scopes and NOT for profit reasons), review of targets and standards of performance, review of statutory lines and regulations, branching and or development of affiliates, annual accounting both for internal administration and for tax purposes, reports from hired surveyors, regular auditing.
  3. Dedicate themselves to the scopes of the organization with their best efforts and sacrifice of any other life personal or public engagement or commitment when required (hence the romantic term “Samurai”).
  4. Do not endorse important roles, chairs or charges in political parties of any type, let it free, if they wish, to be simple members of any party of their own choice (but NOT in active, representational, leading, supervising, directing, managing, administrative posts of any political party).
  5. Do not endorse roles, chairs or charges in the administration of multinational banks, multinational financial institutes (e.g. Goldman-Sachs), supra-national economic and/or financial lobbies (e.g. Bilderberg) and similar.
  6. Do not belong any secret lobby or masonry or masonic types of lobbies.
  7. Do not belong any paramilitary, subversive, terroristic group or any association or lobby supporting such type of groups.
  8. Are loyal to Saint Mark, regardless their background or acquired faith and education, and respectful of the interests, wishes and dreams of any Venetian citizen in the World, regardless of their political, religious, social, cultural, sexual orientation, of their level of disability, age or gender.
  9. Like real Samurai used to do, are ready to gather at any time of their life, day or night, whether on holiday or not, whether during important work commitments or not, whether at the expense of important family commitments or not, whether whilst in the middle of an important legal case or not, with the only exclusion of situations in which they are imprisoned, unconscious, without mental capacity, seriously ill or in hospital, to emergency calls for decision making that is crucial and life-saving for the health and survival of Saint Mark’s People as well as their dignity, welfare, prosperity or simply existence in the World (e.g. a war situation, a serious epidemics, a terroristic attack, an invasion).

 

l. Co-directors’ approval of any decision making in the agenda is based on the majority of their votes during their regular meetings (as for schedules), made exception for the appointment of a new co-director (Samurai) that must follow a vote of unanimity.

m. Co-directors communicate at regular intervals through VTE or Skype or equivalent systems from any part of the World and it is their duty to make sure their communications are not subject to any type of unduly or inappropriate interference, espionage, distraction.

n. Co-directors have also a duty to inform and if necessary to alert all other directors of any possible threat to the health and survival of the organization, including direct and indirect attacks from others, but also malicious whispering, slandering, libeling or defamation of any type.

o. Co-directors NEVER disclose the content of their meeting or any conversation of exchange of information amongst themselves to any third party unless this has been approved by the majority of the other directors.

p. They ALWAYS address each other in highly respectful manners and NEVER offend or injure each other in any way, including by sarcasm.

q. Members eligible to become co-directors must abide all above regulations and submit their applications with CV to the current executive panel. The appointment of a new co-director (Samurai) comes ONLY after ALL co-directors are happy with him or her to become a peer of them.  There is no right of appeal for rejections but rejected candidates can re-apply after 2 years.

r. Co-directors do not need to be strictly of Venetian origin but must speak and understand at least a basic level of Venetian language and demonstrate a reasonable familiarity with Venetian History and culture and, especially, must have demonstrated involvements in activities, responsibilities, missions, any type of relevant role in helping the promotion of Venetian People in the World and the achievement or pursuing of targets like those listed among the scopes of this organization.

s. Co-directors can also be appointed as VA officer members (for example one co-director can also be an ambassador or a consul) provided the unanimity of co-directors are happy with this.

 

3] VA central administration: this is usually secretarial staff. These staff members can be volunteers or personnel hired on temporary, full-time or part-time basis. In any case they must abide rules “m,n,o,p” like co-directors on confidentiality and professionalism ethics or they shall be dismissed after review by the executive panel, and, if necessary, appraisal by the disciplinary panel (see below under disciplinary rules).

 

4] VA officer members:

Anyone who is able and willing to pursue one or more of the above listed scopes can become a Venetian Ambassador or a type of VA officer, and there is no need of Venetian origins for this.

They are recruited and appointed by the co-directors’ executive panel according to the needs and availability in each Country where VA is active.

All their types of staff memberships are free but they are reviewed annually by the executive panel for confirmation or dismissal according to amount of merits or failures.

They are entitled to sign themselves with the title assigned to them as exemplified below and, when in office, will ALWAYS answer the phone by spelling out: “Venetian Embassy, can I help you?” 

They include:

  1. Venetian Ambassadors: these are the “real” Venetian ambassadors in the World:

 

  1. They must live or reside in the Country where the act as VA officers.
  2. They are expected to provide all VA members basic information services (including emergency information) and fee-based services or assistance in special or complex tasks they themselves are ready to offer or they are prepared to commit to qualified and competent third parties (e.g. business consultants, experts, surveyors, lawyers etc).
  3. Their services are tied to the regulations and laws of the countries where they represent VA foundation.
  4.  Their fees are negotiated as part of a central fee that goes always initially to the VA foundation and must always cover at least their costs of service. Fees are based on local currency value and average life costs and NOT on currency values or average costs of other Countries.
  5. They have an obligation to provide services at reasonable fees that must be competitive when compared to standard fees required by formal embassies, consulates, chambers of commerce, trading associations, cultural associations, translation companies or equivalents.
  6. When providing fee-based services they are treated as “hired” by VA foundation and have a right to charge according to their professional needs and the average life cost standards of the country where they reside (and NOT others). However whenever their fees are deemed to be too expensive by the co-directors panel, their services may be dismissed and their membership may be retired after one formal warning in writing.
  7.  They have no right to make a profit out of free basic information services and if reported they will be automatically dismissed by VA foundation.
  8. They are the only ones entitled to represent themselves as Venetian Ambassadors in the Country where they reside and use this title in any type of correspondence and next to their signature or on any business card or courtesy slip as for example:

Franco Rossi, Venetian Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China

Tel. work/mobile, fax, e-mail, address etc. 

 

  1. Venetian Consuls:

 

  1. They must live or reside in the Country where the act as VA officers.
  2. These are members that have the same duties and privileges as the Venetian Ambassadors officer members, except they are supervised by the former, in what they act as officers in countries or provinces within the same Country where the Venetian Ambassadors act.
  3. They are expected to follow the instructions of the former.
  4. They have a right to complain first informally and then, if necessary formally to the central administration of VA if they feel exploited, bullied, or maltreated in any way.

 

  1. Venetian Charge’ d’Affairs:

 

  1. They must live or reside in the Country where the act for as VA officers.
  2. These are members that have the same duties and privileges as the Venetian Ambassadors, except they are supervised by the Venetian Ambassadors or their Venetian Consuls, in what they act as officers in counties or provinces within the same Country where the Venetian Ambassadors or their Consuls act. Their work is mainly related to business matters.
  3. They have a right to complain first informally and then, if necessary formally to the central administration of VA if they feel exploited, bullied, or maltreated in any way by their supervisors.

 

  1. Venetian Diplomatic Consultants:

 

  1. They can live in different Countries, although they are usually based in Veneto.
  2. They have considerable knowledge of language, administration system and culture of the Country they represent as VA officers. They are expected to offer advice and assistance in a range of matters such as business, diplomacy, culture, arts, media, sport, leisure, technology, etc like all other officer members and likewise they are expected to provide basic information for free (except for local emergency information) and are allowed to charge fees for special or complex services.
  3. Regulations on fees are the same as those for Venetian Ambassadors and all other officer members.
  4. They are usually supervised directly by Venetian Ambassadors or (by mandate annually discussed and approved by the executive  panel) by Consuls or Charge’ d’Affairs
  5.  They have a right to complain first informally and then, if necessary formally to the central administration of VA if they feel exploited, bullied, or maltreated in any way by their supervisors.

 

  1. Venetian translator/interpreters:

 

  1. They can reside anywhere
  2. They must have at least a basic qualification (BA, MB, Diploma, Certificate etc.) in the language they expected to translate or interpret.
  3. They are usually supervised directly by the Venetian Ambassadors.
  4. They have a right to complain first informally and then, if necessary formally to the central administration of VA if they feel exploited, bullied, or maltreated in any way by their supervisors.
  5. Their fees are negotiated as part of a central fee that goes always initially to the VA foundation and must always cover at least their costs of service. Fees are based on local currency value and average life costs and NOT on currency values or average costs of other Countries.
  6. They have an obligation to provide services at reasonable fees that must be competitive when compared to standard fees required by formal embassies, consulates, chambers of commerce, trading associations, cultural associations, translation companies or equivalents.
  7. They must be prepared to provide emergency translation/interpreting services for Venetian People in acute needs such as accidents, hospitalizations, or detention (with a right to charge a fee at discretion and according to task complexity and duration).
  8. They are expected to translate up to 1000 words for free when requested by central administration (e.g. a short touristic brochure or a brief ad).

 

 

VA membership system (VA affiliation system):

 

  1. Affiliate members have one basic duty for all, which is to always display a flag of Saint Mark in the place where they live and to carry any Saint Mark’ symbol with themselves when they travel (whether a flag or  badge or a pin or a scarf or a foulard)
  2. Members have privileges according to the amount of their donations.
  3. Memberships expire or are renewable annually and fees are decided and also reviewed by the co-directors’ panel every year.
  4. VA affiliate members are classified as following:
    1. Children of Saint Mark membership:  this is the basic affiliation membership. Current fee is 20€ per year. It provides free access to basic information services in all countries where VA foundation is represented, such as touristic advice, school and University advice, accommodation advice, travel advice, driving advice, visa advice, information on local regulations and customs, emergency information support in case of accidents, hospitalization, arrests or detentions. Information advice is provided by VA officers around the World who can be called or e-mailed at any time in case of emergencies or during office time (usually between 10.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday) for general advice. Assistance for special and complex tasks (e.g. business consultations, assistance for cultural or business events, translations etc.) is subject to fees according to time and level of expertise required by VA officers or consultants or partners they may need to hire.

 

Color: yellow/amaranth (as in Saint Mark’s Flag)

 

 

  1. Antonio Vivaldi membership of VA: this is given to those who donate to VA at least 50€ per year and on top of free access to basic information from our VA officers in the World, it allows for a 5% discount on any type of VA fee-based service (costs excluded), 5% discount on any type of publicity on VA website or social networks page.

Color: pink

 

  1. Marco Polo  membership of VA:  this is given to those who donate to VA at least 100€ per year and on top of free access to basic information from our VA officers in the countries where we are represented, it allows for a 10% discount on any type of VA fee-based service (costs excluded), 10% discount on any type of publicity on VA website or social networks page.

Color: orange

 

  1. Schiavoni membership of VA: this is given to those who donate to VA at least 500€ per year and on top of free access to basic information from our VA officers in the countries where we are represented, it allows for a 50% discount on any type of VA fee-based service (costs excluded), 50% discount on any type of publicity on VA website or social networks page.

Color: yellow/blue (national colors)

Note: those who choose this type of affiliation will also receive a little booklet on the history of “Schiavoni”, the prestigious Special Military Corp serving Serenissima Republic of Venice.

 

  1. Paolo Sarpi membership of VA: this is given to those who donate to VA at least 1000€ per year and on top of free access to basic information from our VA officers in the countries where we are represented, it allows for a 100% discount on any type of VA fee-based service (costs excluded), 100% discount on any type of publicity on VA website or social networks page.

 

Color: black

 

Note: those who choose this type of affiliation will also receive a little booklet on the history of Saint Mark’s cult, Venice and Serenissima Republic of Venice.

 

 

  1. Sebastiano Vegner membership of VA: this is given to those who donate to VA at least 10000€ per year and on top of free access to basic information from our VA officers in the countries where we are represented, it allows for free access to any type of fee-based service (zero fee and no expectation to cover costs) and to on any type of publicity on VA website or social networks page. It also allows for automatic eligibility to become an executive co-director of VA (samurai).

 

Color: gold

 

Note: those who choose this type of affiliation will also receive a little booklet on the history of Saint Mark’s cult, Venice and Serenissima Republic of Venice.

The joining of this type of affiliation will be celebrated in public at the presence of VA foundation’s co-directors (Saint Mark’s Samurai), unless the affiliates require privacy.

 

Ethical note: the above classification has no hierarchical meaning but only carries the purpose of instilling into the affiliates a sense of belonging to Saint Mark’s and Venetian cultures, of encouraging them to approach and study the history of Saint Mark’s Serenissima Republic and Her People.   

 

  1. Discounts are always meant by excluding costs of service incurred by VA central administration or her VA officers around the World. Diamond members make exception in what any access to service is completely free. Members are always presented with quotes of costs of services before they decide to pay in to VA central account for the service required. Services agreed and then not performed for whatever reason will give a right of a full refund of the membership cost to whatever type of member and no more.
  2. All VA officer members, whether ambassadors, consuls, charge’ d’affairs diplomatic consultants, translators/interpreters cannot enjoy any of the above listed privileges at differential rates. If they want to benefit from a VA service, they must ALSO have a membership that allows them to benefit of the type of the privileges accorded for that membership.
  3. Equally-wise, the central director/co-directors and central administration staff members cannot enjoy any of the above listed privileges unless they ALSO have a membership that allows them to benefit of the type of the privileges accorded for that membership.

 

VA resources and sources of income:

 

VA is a non-profit organization and as such needs to rely on charity of others (e.g donations) and/or payments for services, sales or publicity provided through its own activity in the World which IN ANY CASE CANNOT be a source of profit for its directors or co-directors but only help to cover costs and gather funds that will go to VA main account (or to a business account for special investments or to an emergency special account for urgent humanitarian purposes).

The following are approved sources of income for VA:   

  1. VA services
  2. Donations
  3. Business activities
  4. Publicity through VA website
  5. Membership annual fees

 

  1. A.      VA fee-based services:

These include:

-          Fee-based information services on special or complex tasks (e.g. advice or brokering in investments, start-ups, business plans, conference organization, advice in legal matters, hotel or accommodation bookings, assistance in school or University bookings and applications etc.)

-          Special assistance for entrepreneurs in start-ups and business plans in order to set up a company in another country

-          Legal assistance where it involves the use of lawyers or support from legal studios to sort out documentation for immigrating or expatriating purposes or the settlement or transfer or franchising of any type of businesses or matters of import-export or any type of lawful trade.

-          Complex public relations: example business, media, diplomatic, cultural p.a. that require considerable amount of time and dedication or the hiring of qualified and competent third parties.

-          Translations and interpreting work by qualified and competent personnel.

-          Assistance in organizing, promoting, chairing conferences or public events of any type.

 

When VA affiliate members require one type of the above listed services, VA central administration has a right to charge them a central fee which MUST cover all her administration costs and the fee-based services of her staff (VA officers) in the country of interest plus AT LEAST 40% of the total costs that will represent the real income for VA for that particular service to be deposited in her main account.

Costs of her own employees (VA Ambassadors) include their own fees that can be negotiated with them BEFORE the performance of the service and MUST be included in the invoice breakdown of costs to the VA member that requires that service.

An ordinary VA invoice will then list:

-          Administration costs

-          Costs of services locally (including her VA officers fees)

-          40% or more to be added on top as the “real” income for VA

VA will NEVER perform any service unless payment is made in advance and covers AT LEAST all costs and 40% of these on top (the “real” donation for VA).

People who are NOT VA affiliate members can still use VA services all around the World but will have to pay any requested fee at NO discount. They will also have to pay 50€ per hour for any basic information (this being a free service to all types of VA members), of which 25€ of these will go VA and 25€ to the local VA officer (per hour).

VA services MUST always be provided with an intention of being CHEAPER than those normally provided by formal embassies, consulates or other diplomatic or legal agencies for those who are VA members.

All VA affiliate members can freely enjoy the following services:

-          Basic information services such as touristic advice, school and University advice, accommodation advice, travel advice, driving advice, visa advice, information on local regulations and customs, emergency information support in case of accidents, hospitalization, arrests or detentions.

-          Basic information advice is provided by our VA officers around the World who can be called or e-mailed at any-time in case of emergencies or during office time (usually between 10.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday) for general advice.

 

 

  1. B.      Donations:

 

  1. These can be done at any time through bank transfer orders of payment into VA main account, Paypal Payments, direct debits, standing orders, cheques sent to VA central administration (but only in British Sterlings on a British Bank cheque), cash given to any of her directors or co-directors on exchange of a VA headed receipt signed and dated by that co-director.
  2. In any case, donations WILL NOT be accepted by politicians, political parties, or any subject strongly related to a political party activity of any type.

 

  1. C.      Business Activities:

Like other non-profit or charity organization in UK, VA has a right to raise fund through business activities of any type, provided they are legal and NOT for the profit of her own directors/co-directors.

Business activities can entail anything from organizing an event and asking ticket payments for fund raising, to investing into a scientific documentary, a journalistic mission, a radio, a television company network (or even just a program), a transport system, a courier system, even producing and selling manufactures (like gadgets, or anything else), virtually any legal business activities world-wide provided any agreeable earning goes to the non-profit fund and NOT to her own directors/co-directors.

Regardless the type of business the executive panel decides to consider, VA will ONLY approve business that can return the cover of all costs plus AT LEAST 40%  of the total costs incurred that will represent the real income (the “real” donation) for VA for that particular business to be deposited in her business account.

 

  1. D.      Publicity through VA website:

Advertisement (ads) is possible both from private and public companies (e,g. restaurants, hotels, enterprises, cultural associations, research organizations etc) as well as individuals (e.g. an author, a free lance professional etc) on any page of VA website at different prices according to spaces and duration of public exposure.

Currently spaces are for: 468x 60 pixel top and bottom and 300x250 lateral column, with rotational mode (max 3 rotations/day).

For the home page, current prices are fixed at 30€ per day (all day) or 10€ per 8 hours exposure a day, 150€ per week (all day) or 50€ per week (for 8 hours a day), 500€ per month (all day) or 180€ per month (8 hours a day), and then automatically discounted of 20% a week for any additional week or 20% a month for any additional month, with a maximum duration of exposure of six months for each type of insertion (renewable every six months subject to directors approval and potential application of new fees). Prices for inner pages of the website are reduced of 20%.

Prices are reviewed every 3 months by the co-directors’ panel (changes are not allowed for those who are already undergoing a 6 months agreement until the expiry of that six months agreement). Discounts are offered according to membership type. Non-members are expected to pay fee in full prices according to current tariffs.

VA does not allow any publicity of political parties or any lobby strongly connected with political parties on his pages.

Images and texts must be submitted in GIF files and approval is subject to website administrators (on preview of the publicity) before invoice is sent. Publicity will only be online once payment has been deposited into VA account. Proposals that contain offensive remarks for public ethical standards will not be approved.

Publicity can be stopped and withdrawn at any one time on request of the customer but payments are non-refundable.

 

  1. E.       Affiliation membership annual fees:

 

Children of Saint Mark: 20€ per year

Antonio Vivaldi membership: 50€ per year

Marco Polo membership: 100€ per year

Schiavoni membership: €500 per year

Paolo Sarpi membership: €1000 per year

Sebastiano Vegner membership: €10.000 per year

 

All types memberships fees are reviewed annually by co-directors’ panel.

 

Project funding approval criteria and proceedings policy:

 

Funding approval criteria:

1. VA foundation has a distinctive humanitarian purpose and is open to approve any project that can achieve or lead to achieve one or more of the following scopes:

a) To promote the image, work and interests of Venetian People everywhere in the World.

b) To protect their historical, cultural, linguistic legacy.

c) To help develop good cultural, socio-economic, scientific, diplomatic, sport and leisure relationships between any Venetian community and all other Nations and People in the World.

d) To protect and aid Venetian People anywhere in the World who fall in need of urgent protection, including natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, epidemics but also severe economic crises and loss of employment.

e) To assist them legally and protect their social, economic, civic and political rights, rights against discrimination as an ethnical minority, rights of autonomy and self-determination as according to article 1 (paragraphs 1,2,3) of the UNO Treaty of New York of 19th December 1966.

 

2. Approval of any project by the co-directors of VA MUST always fit the following basic requirements:

  1. Clear identity, contact details and address of the author or group of authors.
  2. Clear and reasonably articulated explanation of the needs for that project to be executed and completed.
  3. Clear targets for the project
  4. Clear plans for the execution of the project including time scale, main locations, if necessary alternative plans (as in a plan B etc , in case of failure of first schedules)
  5. Clear study of cost-effectiveness that satisfactorily suggests the completion of the project will serve one or more of the scopes of VA foundation.
  6. Clear illustration of the methods the authors intend to follow for the execution and coup of authors) completion of the projects.
  7. Clear estimate of the number of staff they will involve
  8. Clear estimate of the cost of administration, travelling, accommodation and subsistence of the staff involved (including the authors or group of authors)
  9. Clear identity details of any member of staff that may be involved full time or part-time or consultants or surveyors or companies the authors intend to employ.
  10. Clear written self-dismissal of conflict of interest with any political party, political lobby or lobbies or associations of any time connected to political parties.
  11. The provision of a certificate of criminal records check that proves the absence of criminal records for at least five years and any possible sentence already served for more than five years before and the absence of pending enquiries regarding crimes of violence such as murder, attempted murder, robbery, rape or against property such as arson and theft or types of financial crimes such as fraud, bribery, corruption, Ponzi’s schemes or similar, any type of mafia type activities and illicit drugs dealing and/or smuggling.
  12. The commitment to display the name, logo and contacts of VA on public illustrations and celebration of the projects as its main sponsor, to freely advertise her activities and scopes during public events and to encourage donations or further fund raising for VA during public illustrations of execution stages of the project or its completion and celebration.
  13. To accept the executive panel or one of his co-directors will have a right to be present at the public celebration of the end of the project as special guest, be thanked and be allowed to give a brief talk on the activities and scopes of VA in order to advertise VA and make fund raising for further projects that fulfill her humanitarian scopes.

 

3. Projects will not be approved when authors or members of the proposed project staff are found:

  1.  To endorse important roles, chairs or charges in political parties of any type, let it free, if they wish, to be simple members of any party of their own choice (but NOT in active, representational, leading, supervising, directing, managing, administrative posts).
  2. To endorse roles, chairs or charges in the administration of multinational banks, multinational financial institutes (e.g. Goldman-Sachs), supra-national economic and/or financial lobbies (e.g. Bilderberg) and similar.
  3. To belong any secret lobby or masonry or masonic types of lobbies.
  4. To belong any paramilitary, subversive, terroristic group or any association or lobby supporting such type of groups.

 

Projects whose authors or members of the proposed project staff are found to fall into one of the above listed categories will see their funds stopped immediately and VA co-directors panel will gather immediately to decide on how to proceed legally against those people in order to be refunded of all the money VA foundation has already given them and in addition costs of damage to VA public image and any legal cost incurred by VA in connection to her association with those people.

Projects whose authors or members of the proposed project staff are found to have close relatives (up to second grade cousin) or close friends or colleagues who fall into one of the above listed categories MAY see their funds stopped immediately and money already given expected to be reimbursed on case to case basis at the directors’ panel discretion.

 

Funding proceedings policy:

Projects can be submitted in any written form to the directors’ panel at any time and will be discussed and approved or rejected within a maximum period of 3 months from the date of their reception.

Approval of projects must obtain the consent of the majority of directors (and not less than 5 directors present) but can be submitted to the panel by any member who has received the application.

Examination sessions for project approvals take place regularly at least once a month.

 

All types of project funding by VA will ALWAYS happen on a reward-by-performance (RBP) fashion so for ANY project to be reviewed at regular intervals and, if deemed by the majority of co-directors not be likely to meet the targets proposed, in the time scale proposed and/or no longer estimated to be cost-effective for serving one or more the scopes of VA as stated at project presentation, the FUNDING WILL BE SUSPENDED.

Projects authors or group of authors will have only ONE CHANCE of APPEAL and will have to represent the entire project again, providing a plan B for his continuation and completion and fitting all requirements again from the above listed points “a” to “m”.

Appeals will be examined by the directors’ panel who may decide to continue to grant the funding or terminating it with no more right of appeal. If funding for a particular project is stopped for good, the remaining money will be moved into other projects sponsored by the foundation, at the choice of the majority of co-directors.

Finally, any approved funding is a PURE CHARITY, meaning there is no money expected to be returned to VA foundation.

However VA foundation has a right to expect the author/authors of the project to display her name as sponsor with all VA contact numbers, to freely advertise her activities and scopes and to encourage donations throughout public events that illustrate the execution of the project or celebrate its completion.