European Association Summit 2020

24th Mar, 2020

Nearly 200 representatives of international associations gathered yesterday and today at the Square - Brussels Convention Centre in the centre of Brussels. They discussed opportunities for collaboration and the challenges ahead. During the summit, EAS participants had the opportunity to strengthen their ties and exchange with their peers in the world's capital of international associations.

Brussels a knowledge capital for associations

This year's conference brought together experts in various fields such as internalorganisation, leadership and communication management. Most of them came fromassociations but also from the association services sector.

The speakers at this edition came from a wide range of sectors, from the world of brewing tothe digital technology sector. The field of law was also present to bring participants theirexpertise in a number of areas: boards of directors, competition rules and regulations oninternationalassociations."International associations are a real source of inspiration. They create strong links betweenall sectors of society. Their expertise in organisation, crisis management or even in the field

of medicine is a real added value. All this knowledge is present in Brussels and enables us tomeet the challenges of tomorrow", said Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of the visit.brusselsConvention & Association Bureau, at the opening of the summit.


Brussels is home to the largest number of international associations in the world, with more

than 2,300 international associations founded on its territory. In addition to the employmentand cultural diversity, this large concentration of associations makes Brussels a fertilebreeding ground for knowledge and the exchange of ideas. It is a shining example worldwide.

The EAS is an event organised by the Association Bureau, in close collaborationwith major partners in the sector: ESAE (European Society of Association Executives), FAIB(Federation of European & International Associations Based in Belgium), UIA (Union ofInternational Associations) and GAHP (Global Association Hubs Partnership), along withSolvay Brussels School - Economics & Management, AMCI (Association ManagementCompanies Institute) and the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association).

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