Pirate Parties International
Overview of the PPI
The Pirate Parties International (abbreviated PPI) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that exists to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and cooperation between Pirate Parties around the world. It was officially founded in 2010 during the Brussels conference from April 16th to 18th.
The PPI also works toward raising awareness of the pirate movement and aims to be a unifying force by providing coordination, information-sharing, and assisting in the foundation of new pirate parties.
The PPI is governed by a board which meets regularly to discuss the internal running of the organisation and interacts with individual Pirate Parties and other organisations, the board is led by two co-chairs and usually has 5 members including a Treasurer and Chief of Administration.
Policy, governance, and applications for membership are the responsibility of the PPI General Assembly. The GA is made up of representatives of all PPI members and must convene at least once per year.
Court of Arbitration
The court of Arbitration is the body responsible for dispute resolution within PPI, it deals with complaints sent to it, deals with breaches of PPI statutes and offers mediation where appropriate.
Membership in the Pirate Parties International is open to any organisations that have aims compatible with those of the PPI. Currently PPI has 41 ordinary members and 12 observer members.
The following Pirate Parties are ordinary members of the PPI:
Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Catalonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK.
The following organisations are observer members of the PPI:
Pirates without Borders, Pirate Party of Berlin (Piratenpartei Berlin), Best Party Iceland (Besti Flokkurinn), Pirate Party of Bavaria, Pirate Party of Florida, Pirate Party of Hesse, Pirate Party of La Rioja (Spain), Pirate Party of Lower Saxony, Young Pirates of Germany, Pirate Party of Sweden, Young Pirates Sweden (Ung Pirat), Pirate Party of Tyrol (Austria),
The PPI can currently only be funded by affiliation fees from the Ordinary Members parties and those with Observer status, donations, or other legal contributions. At present no Affiliation fees are charged to member parties.
Finance is overseen by a Treasurer, who, in agreement with the Board, drafts the budget and the financial procedure to be approved by the General Assembly.
The Treasurer is also responsible for supervising the PPI budget and reports to the Board every three months.
The accounts of the PPI must be inspected by lay auditors, appointed by the General Assembly on a yearly basis.