Why Brussels? The association-friendly city

Why Brussels? The association-friendly city

Brussels is full of help and resources for associations. If you have any questions or need help on any aspect of your activity in the capital of Europe, please contact us so we can put you in contact with the right person to help you:

European Society of Association Executives (ESAE): The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) is the hub for association leaders and a platform for senior-level association managers in Europe. ESAE’s goal is to help their members to work both smarter and better by connecting knowledge, insights and people.

Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB): It is a not-for-profit apolitical organization that represents international associations from all walks of life. Together with their Associate members, they offer members a comprehensive guide to setting up and operating a (international) not-for-profit association in Belgium, and organize monthly lunch-debates (conferences) on subjects of interest to INPAs that also gives them opportunities of networking with peers.

International Associations Centre (MAI): The chief purpose of the International Associations Centre (IAC-MAI) is to provide facilities to welcome and accommodate non-profit associations and NGO’s. International associations can request domiciliation at the MAI, under certain conditions.

Union of International Associations (UIA): The UIA serves two mains purposes: to maintain and provide comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable information on international associations, their activities and concerns, and their meetings activities; and to support and facilitate the work of international associations through training and networking opportunities.

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  • 4 reasons why you should ALWAYS choose Brussels:

  • 1. Brussels is the home of international associations
    Brussels ranks first in terms of seats of international associations, and this number is steadily growing. Altogether, associations in Brussels represent about 13,000 direct jobs. As the first European and the second world congress city, according to the Union of International Associations (UIA), and the home of the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB), the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the UIA and the International Associations Centre (IAC-MAI), Brussels is the ideal place to meet your peers.
    In short, only in Brussels will you have such opportunities to network, get educated, access business services and receive expert advice in many areas of endeavours.

  • 2. Brussels is the capital of Europe
    With 20 European and 42 intergovernmental organisations, Brussels is the home of Europe. The presence of numerous political institutions makes Brussels a major decision-making centre. In their wake, a host of some 2,000 NGOs, federations, consultancies, press associations and other organisations have set up home in Brussels. The European capital is also the world’s largest centre for lobbysts, with as many as 20,000 lobbyists walking the corridors of the European institutions.
    In short, only in Brussels your voice can be heard to such an extent.

  • 3. Brussels is accessible and easy to get around
    Brussels boasts easy air, road and rail connections, right in the heart of Europe. Air transport is available via one of the two city's airports, Brussels National Airport and Brussels-South Charleroi Airport, totalling together hundreds of inter- and intracontinental flights. Public transportation means include buses, trams or the metro and railway stations served by public trains. Bicycle-sharing and car-sharing public systems are also available. More than 60 million Europeans live within 300km of Brussels, less than two hours by high-speed train. Paris is less than one and a half hours away; London, Cologne and Amsterdam just two.
    In short, only in Brussels will you have access to such a great and diversified market.

  • 4. Brussels is the ideal place to run an organization
    Multicultural and offering a great quality of life, Brussels is the perfect place ton run an organization with a European focus. Competent and seasoned staff is not hard to find, as well as office space at reasonable cost. The quality of business services available is also hard to beat; the Association Bureau will point you in the right direction or assist you in any way they can in the setting up of your association.
    In short, only in Brussels will you find it that easy for your organization to settle and be fully operational very quickly.