Association without lucrative purpose

Vereniging zonder winstoogmerk (Dutch, abbreviated vzw) or Association sans but lucratif (French, abbreviated asbl) or Vereinigung ohne Gewinnerzielungsabsicht (German, abbreviated VoG) is the legal term for a non-profit organization in Belgium; the French term also applies in Luxembourg and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For international organisations, the equivalent is ivzw or aisbl. It is a formal designation under Belgian and Luxembourg law, and organisations are entered in a register and allocated numeric identifiers.

Internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk (Dutch, often abbreviated IVZW) or Association internationale sans but lucratif (French; often abbreviated AISBL) or Internationale Vereinigung ohne Gewinnerzielungsabsicht (German; often abbreviated IVoG) is the legal term used in Belgium for an internationally acting non-profit organization based on Belgian law and located in Belgium.[1]

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  1. ^ For the legal text of the IVZV/IASBL, look at title III, Art. 46 on page 38 (in Dutch & French)
  • "VSDC: Legal text (nl&fr) Belgian Official Journal" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  • "VSDC, Vlaamse studie- en documentatiecentrum voor VZW's". Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  • "Vereinigung ohne Gewinnerzielungsabsicht (VoG)" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-24.
Allianz vun Humanisten, Atheisten an Agnostiker

The Allianz vun Humanisten, Atheisten an Agnostiker (English: Alliance of Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics) is a Luxembourgish association that serves the interests of atheists, humanists, skeptics and agnostics in the Grand-Duchy. It also explicitly supports secularist positions. Its official abbreviation is A.H.A. Lëtzebuerg; usually this is shortened to AHA, sometimes with an extra exclamation mark. The AHA was founded on 13 May 2010 as an association without lucrative purpose (asbl). AHA is a member of the European Humanist Federation and the International Humanist and Ethical Union. The current chair is biologist Laurent Schley.

Association with lucrative purpose

Vereniging met winstoogmerk (vmw, Dutch) or Association avec but lucratif (aabl, French) means 'profit-making organisation'.The French term is also used in France and other francophone countries, often as a form of unincorporated association formed for profit.

Centre d'action laïque

The Centre d'action laïque (CAL; English: Centre for Secular Action) is the umbrella organisation of numerous secularist associations in French-speaking Belgium since 1969. It is integrated in the Central Secular Council (Conseil central laïque), which also coordinates (formerly UVV) in Flanders.

CropLife International

CropLife International is an international trade association of agrochemical companies founded in 2001. It was previously known as Global Crop Protection Federation and started out as International Group of National Associations of Manufacturers of Agrochemical Products in 1967. Its members include the world's largest agricultural biotechnology and agricultural pesticide businesses namely BASF, Bayer CropScience, Corteva, FMC Corp., Sumitomo and Syngenta. The international body combines several national-level or continent-wide organisations, each one having the same goals but differing according to local language and custom.

European Land Registry Association

ELRA (European Land Registry Association) is an International association without lucrative purpose (AISBL: Association internationale sans but lucratif) which mission and primary purpose is “the development and understanding of the role of land registration in real property and capital markets”.

The European Land Registry Association was born on 2004 to defend the interest of Land Registries in the European Union. Initially it started off with 12 members and it now has 30 organizations representing the land registries of 22 Member States.


FEHRL, the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories was created in 1989 as an international organisation. In 2000, it became an association international sans but lucratif (AiSBL) or International association without lucrative purpose.It currently includes 30 members from European countries as well as international affiliates from the United States, South Africa, Australia and Israel.

In French, the organisation is/was known as Forum des Laboratoires nationaux Europeens de Recherche Routiere (FLERR).

Grand Jury Européen

The Grand Jury Européen (GJE) is an Association sans but lucratif (association without lucrative purpose under Luxembourg law) with the aim of providing an alternative classification of wine, founded in 1996 by François Mauss.

The Grand Jury Européen assembles a minimum of 12 permanent members, from at least 6 different countries of the European Union and Switzerland, for blind tasting a maximum of 68 wines in two daily 3-hour sessions. Such events have included the Grand European Jury Wine Tasting of 1997 and the "Judgment of Sauternes" of October, 2006.The concept of GJE came to Mauss at "6 o'clock on the morning of 29 June 1996", as he sought to develop a method that in several ways was opposite to the approach of Robert Parker, in order to provide an alternative to Parker's scores. Initially Mauss wrote to some 200 Bordeaux châteaux, announcing plans of tasting the 1983, 1985 and 1990 vintages and requested purchase information, but received only three responses, from châteaux Haut-Brion, Pichon Lalande and Sociando-Mallet.In 2006 Mauss expressed criticism of the Judgment of Paris 30th Anniversary, adding to his reputation as "a dissenting voice in the wine world", also established by the Beaujolais nouveau "vin de merde case".

Het Denkgelag

Het Denkgelag is a Belgian association without lucrative purpose that organises skeptical conferences in Flanders. Het Denkgelag started out in 2012 as a series of discussion evenings of the skeptical organisation SKEPP, but nowadays functions financially and legally independent from SKEPP. The mission of Het Denkgelag is to popularise scientific topics and to promote critical thinking for a broad audience. It has been described as “laid-back discussion evenings on philosophical, skeptical and scientific topics, in an informal atmosphere, with a crowd of interesting speakers and the audience as the central guest”.

Human Rights Without Frontiers

Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) is a non-governmental organization, registered since 1989 as an association without lucrative purpose in Belgium, that «focuses on research, analysis and monitoring of a wide range of human rights concerns in many countries around the world».

Johanniter International

Johanniter International (JOIN) is an international network of charities affiliated to the Alliance of the Orders of Saint John of Jerusalem. Founded in 2000 and with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, its 21 member organisations are located in Europe and the Middle East and focus on emergency rescue, health and social services, and international humanitarian assistance, amongst other aims. Together, the charities have a volunteer base of over 100,000 persons at their disposal. JOIN’s primary goal lies in facilitating exchange of best practices between its members, achieving closer cooperation among its members on the European and international level, and advocating the interests of its members on the European level.

Since 2006, JOIN has been registered as an association without lucrative purpose (association sans but lucratif), a non-profit organisation under Belgian law. Today JOIN has 21 members, 17 of which are from Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales, plus the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and the four Orders of Saint John of Jerusalem (the Johanniterorden, the Venerable Order of St John, the Johanniter Orde in Nederland, and the Johanniterorden i Sverige) which cooperate within the Alliance.

List of skeptical conferences

This is a list of conferences that promote or practice scientific skepticism.

Museum of the Integrated Police

The Museum of the Integrated Police is a museum based in a former army barracks in Etterbeek in the Brussels Capital Region.

NATO Ouvrage "G"

From 1949 to March 10, 1967, France's military operated within the NATO command structure, integrating its air defense system (the Défense Aérienne du Territoire (D.A.T.)) with that of NATO through the indirect use of American aid funds. Between 1953 and 1958, the D.A.T. built a radar station in an old troops shelter (in French : abri-caverne) near the fort, called Ouvrage "G". Called "Station Maître Radar 60/921", it was used beginning in 1959, covering an area on the surface of three times the area of the troops shelter. Ouvrage "G" complemented Ouvrage F, another D.A.T. station located at the old Fort François de Guise at Metz, while Ouvrage H was established as Base aérienne 901 Drachenbronn/Station Maître Radar 50/921 in the former Maginot Ouvrage Hochwald. Ouvrage "G" was equipped with seven radar antennas installed on top of the fort. The principal radars are presently located on the Ballon de Servance.The Ouvrage « G » is composed, at this creation, to 3 elements:

the fort du Salbert

baraques Fillod (examples here)

undergrounds buildingsThe military vacated the Fort de Salbert in 1972 and removed the antennas from the fort. The city of Belfort took possession of the site. The foundations of the radars and the fort's heating oil tanks remain.In 1990 Belfort concluded an agreement with an association without lucrative purpose named Les aventuriers de l'histoire to restore the site. The volunteer group cleaned, repaired, and worked to make the site ready for public visitation. The group's enthusiasm was tempered by repeated setbacks, culminating with the explosion of several improvised bombs on the site which released asbestos and made the site unusable for the public or for restoration work. By mutual agreement between the city and the volunteers, public access was discontinued and the aventuriers disbanded. Ouvrage "G" was closed, its doors welded shut.

Phaedra (CD label)

Phaedra is a CD label whose aim it is "to publish works written between 1830 and the present by Flemish (and occasionally Belgian) composers, and to promote them world-wide". The label is a subdivision of "Klassieke Concerten vzw". Unlike most CD labels, Phaedra is not a commercial undertaking: being a subdivision of a "vzw", an association without lucrative purpose, Belgian law forbids it to make a profit.

Phaedra was founded in 1992 by Luc Famaey. Its 2012 catalog listed 105 CDs, which contained works by over 220 composers, issued in two series, In Flanders' Fields (75 CDs) and Phaedra Classics (27 CDs), plus one Mouseion CD that was started but discontinued immediately. In June 2018 the In Flanders' Fields series had added another 11 CDs, the Phaedra Classics series had added another 8, so that all Phaedra-series combined contain works by 238 known composers, plus some anonymous works.

Republican Circle

The Republican Circle or CRK (Dutch: Republikeinse Kring, French: Cercle républicain, German: Republikanischer Kreis) is a Belgian trilingual republican association that aims to promote republican values and various republican forms of government whilst respecting cultural specificities.

Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium

The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium (RASAB) is an association which promotes and organises science and the arts in Belgium by coordinating the national and international activities of its constituent academies such as the National Scientific Committees and the representation of Belgium in international scientific organisations.RASAB was formed as a non-profit organization (Association without lucrative purpose) in 2001 by the Dutch-speaking academy KVAB (Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten i.e. Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts) and by the French-speaking academy ARB (Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique i.e. The Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium).

The association is headquartered in the buildings of the former Royal Stables at the Academy Palace, Hertogsstraat 1 Rue Ducale B-1000 Brussels.


VZW may refer to:

Verizon Wireless, a mobile (cellular) telecommunications company

Association without lucrative purpose, from the Belgian vereniging zonder winstoogmerk

World Crafts Council

The World Crafts Council AISBL (WCC-AISBL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1964 to promote fellowship, foster economic development through income generating craft related activities, organize exchange programs, workshops, conferences, seminars, and exhibitions—and in general, to offer encouragement, help, and advice to the craftspersons of the world. The organization is now formally registered in Belgium as an international organization and AISBL is there the french shortcut for an international association without lucrative purpose. The WCC is organised into five regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The organization is affiliated to UNESCO.

The WCC was founded in 1964 by Kamaladevi Chattopadhay and Aileen Osborn Webb (who had founded the American Craft Council in 1943.) The WCC (Europe) meets once a year and the 2011 meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland.The World Crafts Council meets every four years. In 2012, the General Assembly occurred in Chennai when Usha Krishna was the President. After this General Assembly the Presidency will move from India to China. Mr. Wang Shan was the president, Ms. Jing Chen was the Secretary General. In 2014, WCC Golden Jubliee Celebration Summit was held in Dongyang, China, more than 2000 craftpeople from 63 countries participated. In 2016, the General Assembly occurred in Isfahan, Iran from September 22 to 29.

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