Article I: NAME AND LOCATION
The name of this Federation shall be The European Locksmith Federation, abbreviated ELF The Board of Directors decides where the Headquarter shall be located.
Article II: OBJECTIVES
The purposes and Objectives of the Federation shall be:
a) To learn from each other by seminars, visits and coordinate Education.
b) To influence and develop our market with Manufacturers, Certifiers, Decision-makers, Hardware dealers etc.
c) To increase the total market and by that increasing our market share, profitability and status.
d) To develop commercial packages of products and services to the benefit of our customers, in an economical way
e) To create community spirit and well being within the international locksmith trade.
f) To fulfil the Objectives with simple and practical solutions with a small administration, few meetings and at low cost.
Article III: MEMBERSHIP
Associations representing the locksmiths in their countries can become members of ELF. Membership is restricted to one association from each country.
Entrance fees and the annual membership fee, are decided by the Board of Directors.
Resignation must be notified to the Board of Directors before 30th of September; otherwise, fees for the next year must be paid.
Article IV: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The governing body of the Federation shall be the Board of Directors, which shall consist of members elected by each National member organization, one officer from each association. Among these, the Board of Directors elects the ELF Presisident for a two year term.
The membership countries are divided to four regions; Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern regions. The regional members elect among themselves a regional director for a two year term.
Article V: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The executive committee: The President and the two Vice Presidents.
The executive Committee may exercise the power of the Board of Directors when the Board of Directors is not in session, reporting to the Board thereon at the seceding meeting.
Article VI: AUDITORS
Every year an independent auditor (non member), shall be elected by the Board of Directors. The independent auditor shall inspect, annually, the account of the Federation, submit to the Member organizations and the Board of Directors a written report of the audit.
Article VII: CONGRESS
The Board of Directors decides if ELF shall arrange any Congress.
Article VIII: MODIFICATION OF BYLAWS
The amendment, modification or revocation of these Bylaws, in whole or in part, requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors. Amendment, modification or revocation of these Bylaws, may be proposed by any member of the Board of Directors.
Article IX: LANGUAGE
The official language of the Federation shall be English. Publications and correspondence of the Federation shall be in the official language. The bylaws shall be published in English.
Article X: EMBLEM
The Federation shall have an emblem of such design as the Board of Directors may adopt, and such an emblem shall be available only to members of good standing of the Federation.
Article XI: GOVERNING LAWS
These Bylaws shall in all respects be read and constructed in conformity with the laws of Switzerland. In case of dispute, only the English version of the Bylaws shall be deemed authentic.