In this newsletter we provide an overview of the different possibilities we are trying out here at Maison des Associations Internationales (MAI) to make international associations feel really welcomed in Brussels. Why are the special offers and initiatives described below so necessary?
After all, as pointed in a presentation by UIA (Union of International Association) to an FAIB meeting on 16 March, there are already over 2,800 international associations in Brussels, and almost over twice the numbers of the nearest rivals such as London or Vienna.
This success is partly a product of history and the innovation of the Law of 1919 on international associations, partly because of the more recent need for associations to be represented with the European Union. There are signs however that this advantageous position cannot be taken for granted. The EU is clearly less of a magnet than it was for new international associations, whilst the “Brussels Bubble” is often seen as a complex, expensive and relatively closed environment. The EU remains as relevant as it was in an easier period