MAI NEWS n° 1 - 2016
Maison des Associations Internationales (M.A.I.)
Since 1982, MAI facilitates the activities of international and European associations and also non-governmental organisations in collaboration with two founding partners FAIB ( and UIA (
Why not make MAI home to your association?


The MAI is best known as a conference centre but it is also has plenty of office space and is permanent home to a very interesting group of international associations covering all the diversity of the sector from consumer information to fair trade to migration. In the box, there is a list of our tenants. We also provide a postal address for 36 organisations.
More is offered than just office space: there is a reception service, wifi, photocopying and a 20% reduction on use of the meeting rooms. We do find that despite the diversity of international associations, there are shared concerns and that we can build an MAI community.
Three steps are being taken to develop our role as incubator and community builder.
  • one of our larger offices is being refurbished for start-ups to co-work and have access to all the facilities one would expect to find in a fully equipped and self-sufficient European association (directories, contact data bases and advice about setting up in Brussels, fundraising and lobbying with the EU). We are taking a leaf out of the model well-established in Brussels of incubators for SMEs set up in research parks close to universities. There is, however, no incubator for the start-up process of developing an international association. An incubator can also help take international associations to the next level.
  • a space for our tenants to get together has been set aside in an adjacent town house – no 38 Rue Washington- on the 3rd floor. The 1st floor leading out to the garden is being developed for more prestigious events such as high level discussion groups, press conferences, board meetings and receptions.
  • any visitor from London or Paris is immediately struck by how much space is available at very reasonable prices at the MAI - something unheard of back home and virtually unknown in most capitals.
The MAI has 3000 square meters of space with plenty of light in green surroundings and in an attractive part of town. So, what are you waiting for to make more use of this unique facility?

Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium

European Food Information Resource Network

Dyslexia Family Resources Belgium

True Friends of Natural and Organic Cosmetics

International Catholic Migration Commission Europe

Union des Associations Internationales

Confédération des Associations Nationales de Tanneurs et Mégissiers de la Communauté Européenne

European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophical Medicinal Products

Federation of European Heating and Air-conditioning Associations

Europe World Fair Trade organization Europe
Patrick Hoemke, Research Assistant of TSI at MAI
In February and March, MAI hosted research assistant Patrick Hoemke for a study visit. Patrick works for the German team of the EU funded comparative research project “Third Sector Impact” (TSI,
TSI aims to measure and outline the scope, scale, and impact of associations and foundations, volunteers and citizens engaging in civil society across Europe, generally referred to as the “third sector”. During his stay at MAI and by visiting numerous events and conferences in Brussels, Patrick gained insight into relations between Third Sector Organizations and EU institutions and their impact on EU policy making. His experiences will be considered within the TSI sub-project „Barriers and Facilitators at the European level“, to which MAI Director Tony Venables regularly contributes as stakeholder.
Calender of Events
Previous events
      27/02/2016 - Colloque chantier des idées, Partie Socialiste (PS)
      08/03/2016 - CELAC, Ambassade République Dominicaine
17-18/03/2016 - GEORRIC, Groupe d'étude et d'optimisation de la rééducation et des réglages
                              d'implants cochléaires
      24/03/2016 - Assemble Générale, Association ville et commune de Bruxelles section CPAS (AVCB)
      24/03/2016 - Conseil d’administration de la MAI
Future events
      14/04/2016 - Huishoudpersoneel in België, Organisatie voor clandestien arbeidsmigranten (ORCA)
     16/05/2016 - Cours de la Section Clinique de Bruxelles, UFORCA Belgium
22-23/04/2016 - Section Spécialiste, Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialiste (UEMS)
      27/04/2016 - Working Group, Climate Environment and Food
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