FAIB Positions & Actions

January 2024

FAIB participated in the October 2022 survey questionnaire of DG GROW – on the cross-border activities of associations and now wishes to comment on the Commission proposal for a Directive on European Cross Border Associations.



April 2023

FAIB is featured in the April 2023 newsletter of the Union of International Associations – UIA. An article by Francis Houben, a Brussels-based adviser with international expertise in legal and tax issues affecting not-for-profit organizations and philanthropy.

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January 2023

The FAIB ensured the follow-up on the impact assessment study on cross-border activities of associations, by responding to the Commission’s consultant, CAP Gemini.



October 2022

The FAIB has taken action in the Public Consultation on EU Framework for cross-border recognition of association in the EU.
The initiative aimed to create an enabling environment for associations to fully benefit from the single market freedom, simplifying their cross-border activities and promoting their fundamental rights.
The European Commission will use this input in its assessment to identify the most appropriate solution to improve the EU framework.



July 2022

The FAIB took action concerning the minimum banking service law and contacted Members of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium, M. Vanden Burre and M. Freilich. Some associations, including FAIB members, are facing problems as a result of the imposition by banks of negative interest on current accounts above a certain amount, for the opening or management of bank accounts. However, the law requires companies of all kinds to have a bank account. Since there is a minimum banking service law for companies, FAIB is asking for the support of the federal government to ensure that the law is applied.



December 2021

The FAIB has taken a position concerning the functioning of the clerk’s office of the Francophone Court of Enterprise, the publication formalities and the publication deadlines. The FAIB contacted the Minister of Justice, M. Van Quickenborne and the Chief Clerk, Ms. Céline Depris and asked for the revision of the procedures as well as their modernization to adapt them to the requirements of the new CAS (Code of Associations and Societies).



October 2020

FAIB has called for the extension of the measures taken by the Royal Decree No. 4 of April 9 2020 to support companies and associations in times of Covid-19 pandemic. These measures which have now expired have been particularly appreciated by INPAs whose members, including at the level of administrative bodies are, by definition, spread around the world. As the members can no longer meet and as the statutes of most INPAs do not yet provide for the possibility of holding virtual meetings of their administrative bodies and General Assemblies other than physical ones, the persistence of Covid-19 makes the daily management of the INPAs extremely difficult. This is particularly impacting INPAs whose fiscal year ends on a date other than 31 December and who have to communicate their financial results to the National Bank of Belgium in the coming months and will do the same for the other INPAs if the pandemic lasts. It is for these reasons that the FAIB has requested the extension of the measures of the R.D. N°4 and the digitalization of the procedures of modification of the statutes.



March 2020

For several months now FAIB has been working with the department of Minister Geens (Justice) on the ongoing revision of the company and association law. We have recently issued the following position paper on this where, while welcoming the draft law, we highlight 5 key concerns arising both from the proposals and from the actual management of the law on INPAs:

  1. Maintain The INPA (i.v.z.w / AISBL) statute as an attractive one
  2. Facilitate at a national level conversion of companies into either an ASBL or an AISBL
  3. Include detailed provisions for inbound cross-border conversion into AISBLs
  4. Speed up the processing of applications for the AISBL / i.v.z.w statute
  5. Simplify procedures for publication of changes to statutes and board members

We strongly feel that the revision of this law offers an opportunity to reinforce the attractiveness of the AISBL statute and to facilitate cross border conversion of companies and associations with a charity status into AISBLs. This is particularly important at the present time.

We are following up our position with visits to both the federal and Brussels authorities and will continue to do so throughout the process of adoption of the draft legislation.

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