Association of the City and the Municipalities of the Brussels-Capital RegionThe Association of the City and the Municipalities of the BrusselsCapital Region (AVCB/VSGB) is a non-profit organisation established and managed by the local authorities within the Region and aimed at providing them with services. The City and the Municipalities are part of the Association as active members, together with the Public Centres for Social Welfare (CPAS/OCMW) and inter-municipal associations as supporting members.
1 representative organisation…
Only the municipalities have a deliberative vote in the General Assembly, according to the following principle:
1 MUNICIPALITY = 1 VOTE
The Public Centres for Social Welfare and the inter-municipal associations are also invited to the Assembly on a consultative basis. The aim of the Assembly is to appoint the administrators of the Association on the following basis:
1 MUNICIPALITY = 1 SEAT
The Board of Administrators is then completed by a maximum of 18 co-opted administrators to maintain both political and linguistic balance within the Association. These co-optation has also to be approved by the General Assembly.
All actions and positions have to be previously agreed within the Board of administrators. Moreover, the General Assembly must also approve the report of its action as well as the accounts and the budget of the Association.
… and independent
The municipalities pay an annual contribution in decreasing proportion to their population. The contribution of the Public Centres for Social Welfare is calculated according to population figures and the infrastructure for the elderly. The inter-municipal associations only pay a fixed contribution which only covers the dissemination of general information.
These contributions are by far the most important source of income for the Association.
Additional incomes are mainly provided by the sale of services and publications. The Association is also financially supported by the bank DEXIA and the insurance company ETHIAS, both specialised in delivering services to the local authorities, and indirectly by the Region itself, which provides the Association with subsided contractual agents.
Together with the representation of, and the control over, its management organs, this financing structure is the best guarantee of the Association's independence.
Two privileged partners
The Union of Belgian Cities and Municipalities (UVCB/VBSG) is the organ from which the Association, like its Walloon and Flemish sister-associations, was created owing to the regionalisation of October 29 th, 1993, with the constitution of a non-profit organisation.
The Association has in this way acquired all the necessary competence to deal not only with regional matters but also with federal and international matters. The Union of Belgian Cities and Municipalities remains, however, the place where the international representation of the local authorities is determined and where deliberation on federal matters is officially undertaken. It should also be noted that community matters are managed directly and consensually with the Walloon and Flemish sister- associations.
Moreover, if the Association is today able to deal with all the matters and provide the whole range of services to the Region's local authorities, it has to be pointed out that these matters and services are managed via multiple partnerships with the Walloon and Flemish Associations with which it also shares the common remaining services. The three regional associations remain indeed grouped, with the Union of Belgian Cities and Municipalities, in the offices at 53, rue d'Arlon in Brussels.
Concerted actions are also undertaken with the Conference of Mayors of the Brussels-Capital Region, taking advantage of their respective complementary resources, with due consideration to the specificity of each institution. This partnership concerns the mutual exchange of information, the collaboration on an intellectual level, and the discussion of the political steps.
Three essential missions
Protection and Promotion
The aim of the Association is to help the local authorities in fulfilling their mission in the service of the citizen by ensuring their protection and their promotion. Its goal: to ensure the autonomy of the local authorities for the benefit of local democracy.
This action is enacted at all levels: regional, community, federal and international, within the framework of the above mentioned structures.
This action passes via the close contacts that the Association maintains with the Governments, the Parliaments and the Administrations. The Association also represents the local authorities in numerous official consultative organs.
This action crystallises with the formulation of laws, decrees or ordinances …, or also amendments to different projects on which the Association is regularly consulted. Most often it provides advice and communicates its position, either publicly or with the due discretion to ensure a satisfactory outcome to its intervention.
This whole action passes via the political organs of the Association, such as the Board of Administrators which constitutes a compulsory stage.
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