[HOT] Fw: advise on legal guidance for HOT organization formation

nicolas chavent nicolas.chavent at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 16:14:55 BST 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 5:04 PM, Mikel Maron <mikel_maron at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Further IANAL legal advice on the European entity. He doesn't realize
> Nicolas is leading this in France.
> Re your institutional arrangements, I'd just be inclined to emphasise the
> point that it's (unfortunately) not possible to have an 'EU office' that
> will function as representation (eg for processing donations tax
> free) across all European countries. This will be clear to anyone from this
> side of the pond but may need explaining to your colleagues in North
> America, as there tends to be a view - understandably but incorrectly -
> that Europe is more legally and fiscally integrated than it actually is. So
> in deciding where to place your European entity it becomes important to
> consider where your source of most private/corporate donations is likely to
> be. But also the practicalities of where you would want to have an office.
> There are a lot of other factors: for example NGOs in some countries (sadly
> excluding the UK) can reclaim VAT on goods and services purchased.
> This site has useful background including types of association and
> foundation structures for each country:
> http://www.usig.org/countryinfo/france.asp#Knowledgeable_Contacts
> I suppose the EU branch is really focused on European Commission grant
> opportunities??

Absolutely, this is a model that most of the NGOs are using as well as
GIS-oriented NGOs like iMMAP

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