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Working translation from German

Excerpts from the Preamble of the Foundation By-Laws 

The name „Livlaendische Gemeinnuetzige“ (= Livonian Common Weal) reminds the „Livlaendische Gemeinnuetzige und Oekonomische Sozietaet“ (= Livonian Common Weal and Economic Society) - founded 1792 in Riga, transferred 1806 to the Livonian University town of Dorpat (Estonian: Tartu; Russian: Yuryew), perished 1940 – which for a century and a half was the scientific and social meeting point of Livonia which irradiated to East and to West. 

The foundation is connected with „Deutschbaltische Kulturstiftung“ (= German-Baltic Cultural Foundation) and „Deutschbaltische Studienstiftung“ (= German Baltic Studies Foundation).

(Note: See www.dbjw.de , the Website of the body „Deutschbaltisches Jugendwerk - DBJW“ (= German Baltic Youth Work, a brand of „Deutschbaltisches Jugendwerk“)


Excerpts from he by-laws of the foundation:

Art. 1: Denomination, Juridical Structure, Headquarters

(1) The foundation is denominated „Stiftung Livlaendische Gemeinnuetzige“.

(2) It is an independent civil law foundation, located at Potsdam.


      Art. 2: Aims and objectives of the foundation; instruments to reach the aims; final objective

(1) The aims of the foundation are the promotion of understanding among the peoples, of science and research, as well as popular and trades education and also the development targeting cooperation within and together with the EU countries at the Eastern Baltic Sea rim (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland) within specific fields of high importance for the EU coherence and convergence.

(2) This, among other targets, shall become effective by activating the civic economy cultural heritage - a subject of eminent interest for strengthening social structures - of Latvia and Estonia (the successors of Livonia), but also of Lithuania and Poland, aiming at using it to meet the challenges of to-day and to-morrow, what is expected to fortify the respective national societies.

(3) The aims and objectives of the foundation will become effective, e.g. by the application oriented restoration and publication of documents and other historic sources, in co-operation with persons and institutions from the whole Baltic Sea region.

(4) Practical means to reach the aims and objectives of the foundation:

- Work groups and publications targeting the start of initiatives within the Baltic region, as well as in other Baltic Sea region countries, so enforcing nation strengthening attitudes and the pertinent institutional arrangements - from which will benefit all European peoples and which will generate a spirit of European togetherness.

- Awareness generation of the importance of – the not yet re-activated in the Baltic EU-countries – once exemplary and successfully for its civic societies operating co-operative systems, including
economic self-help in the hands of local authorities.

- Professional qualification in the interest of smaller economic units (craft and service trades, agriculture, free professions) but also for co-operatives employees and those of similar institutions destined to serve low and medium income earners.

- Developing a mutual interest net-work, above all, together with trans-boundary oriented academic institutions, within the economic, social and historic science networks, in the Eastern Baltic Sea EU-countries and beyond the EU borders, aiming at stimulating and carrying forward researches in the sense of Art.2 (2) of the by-laws, including the completion of the existing work results of this foundation.

- Cross-boundary meetings in the spirit and following the traces of the „enlightenment“ period, as departure point for concrete undertakings, together with institutional and individual partners from all countries round the Baltic Sea, aiming at a better understanding among the European peoples in the spirit of the „enlightenment“, together with cooperation willing qualified citizens.

(5) It will be undertaken to mobilise competent persons and institutions from those countries which possess traditional relations with the Baltic countries, ahead Germany and Poland, above all via partnership based projects under the topic „learning from each other“.

(6) As a general objective, it is intended to reach a mutuality based permanent and sustainable joint action „EU Region Baltic Sea for professional qualification and citizens steered economies“ which shall irradiate into the whole Baltic Sea region.

(7) The aims and objectives of the foundation laid down in para (1) can also become effective through financial support of officially privileged corporations or of public law institutions.


„Operative“ Foundation 

„Stiftung Livlaendische Gemeinnuetzige“ is a so-called „operative“ foundation. This means that it is based on non-profit volunteering for reaching its targets. Financial support is possible but it shall only complement individual contributions of the volunteers, but never replace them.

This kind differs from so-called „promotional“ or „subsidizing“ foundations – the majority – which focus material contributions.