Legal Working Group
Coordinator: Tibor SCHARF
The role of the APEEE's Legal Working Group is to provide legal advice to the APEEE on a range of issues: statutory questions; reviews and interpretations of EEBI and European School regulations; and guidance for operating in the Belgian legal context. The Legal Working Group also recently subsumed the Data Protection Task Force, headed by Emese SAVOIA KELETI (DP Advisor) and Ivan TORRES, and continues to oversee their work with the Secretariat. In addition, members of the Legal Working Group have been called upon to assist pupils (and their parents) who face disciplinary procedures as well as to provide legal guidance and support families in difficult meetings with the school.
General Scope of Action: Dormant for several years, the Legal Working Group started afresh in 2017. As the group’s role is to provide advice, it is necessarily reactive and deals with issues as they arise. Its main files to date have included:
- Development of APEEE financial procedure to award funding for projects (adopted in Autumn 2018)
- Update of the APEEE statutes to better reflect the status of the Berkendael site and its representatives (adopted in January 2019)
- Review of the proposed APEEE/APEEE Services Convention with the school (ongoing)
- Input on the school’s Drug Abuse, Addictions and Prevention Policy (ongoing)
Participation and Working Methods: The group is composed of Board Members and parents with a legal background. The work is carried out mainly via email exchange and occasional meetings (three to four times each year). The group or its members may also communicate to relevant interlocutors such as school authorities on individual files under the auspices of the APEEE board; it periodically reports to the Board on its activities.
The group is increasingly solicited on a wide range of issues, and as a response has created three separate clusters:
- disciplinary issues
- statutory issues (APEEE and APEEE Services and their relation with the School)
- general legal issues (into which such issues as Belgian law or general legal issues could fall)
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In 2020, we will thus continue to provide legal advice on a range of issues and to support parents/pupils in disciplinary matters and other meetings with the school. In particular, we will:
- Closely follow the school’s work related to the Child Protection Policy and the supporting policies (e.g. Bullying/Cyber-Bulling; Drug Abuse and Prevention Policy) and procedures needed to implement it, including first and foremost formal Reporting and Complaints Procedures.
- Guide the APEEE Board in its endeavour to update its Internal Regulations.
- Cooperate with the school in its efforts to update the Rules of Procedure for the EEBI Education Councils (CE).
- Continue to provide input to the proposed APEEE/APEEE Services Convention with the school.