Presenting the FAIB

The FAIB is the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium.

It is a not-for-profit apolitical organization, that represents international associations from all walks of life.

A proud history

The FAIB was founded in 1949 at the initiative of the leaders of the UIA (Union of International Associations) to draw attention to the existence of international associations in Belgium and to the need of facilitating their activities.

The FAIB has been chaired by great men of State such as Paul Van Zeeland, Albert Théatre and Pierre Harmel, whose objective was to promote the development of international life in Belgium.

While preserving its initial denomination, the word “European” was added to its name in 2004 to emphasize the European nature of the majority of its members.

FAIB’s mission is to:


Pursue every initiative

to encourage European and international associations to settle and remain in Belgium.


Represent its members

to third parties and defend their interests towards all public and private bodies.


Obtain legal recognition

of associations and the associative movement by Belgian, European and international authorities.



its member’s activities in every possible way within its remits.


Assist its members

with joint studies, administrative and auxiliary services, etc.


Keep its members informed

of developments in legal, administrative and all relevant matters impacting them.

Some landmark achievements:

  1. In 1983 the FAIB initiated the International Association Centre (IAC) at the Maison des Associations Internationales in cooperation with Belgian authorities. The centre is at 40, rue Washington in 1050 Brussels and the FAIB and many other associations have their headquarters on these premises.
  2. We collaborated closely with the Government services and Parliament to draw up the new law of 2 May 2002 on not-for-profit associations, international not-for-profit associations and foundations. Already in December 1954 FAIB pressed for the modification of the law (of 25 October 1919) governing international associations with scientific aims. The law was extended to international associations with philanthropic, religious, artistic and pedagogic aims.

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