Q1. What is XBRL Europe?

XBRL Europe has been founded as an international non-profit association based in Brussels under Belgian law in accordance with the Law of 27 June 1921 on Non-Profit Associations, International Non-Profit Associations and Foundations.

Q2. What are its objectives?

The organisation’s objectives are as follow:


Q3. Who can become a member?

Established and provisional Jurisdictions of XBRL International, any public or private entity, interest group or individual of which the registered office, principal place of business, or headquarters is located in Europe, or an association composed of public or private entities, can become a Direct Association Member of XBRL Europe.


Q4. How does my organisation apply for membership?

See Membership Menu for full information.
Applications for membership should be submitted by registered letter or e-mail to the Secretary General.


Q5. What is the governance structure of XBRL Europe?

The official bodies of the Association are:

Q6. How XBRL Europe is managed?

A Secretary General is running the organisation.


Q7. How is XBRL funded?

XBRL Europe is funded through the membership fees of its members or sponsorship of special events.

Q8. Is XBRL Europe a member of XBRL International?

No. XBRL Europe is neither a Jurisdiction nor a direct member of XII. It is its own autonomous legal entity. XBRL Europe does not have a seat on the Member Assembly of XII nor does it have its own voting rights at XII.

Q9. Is XBRL International a member of XBRL Europe?

No. XBRL International is not a member of the XBRL Europe, but XII’s representative participates to the Executive Committee with a voting right.


Q10. Are the European jurisdictions of XBRL International members of XBRL Europe?

XBRL International jurisdictions are not automatic members of XBRL Europe. They are eligible for membership upon submission of an application to XBRL Europe and upon satisfaction of the entry criteria set out in the XBRL Europe bylaws. However, the definition of a jurisdiction and the list of jurisdictions is maintained by XBRL International.

Q11. Can members of XBRL Europe participate in XBRL International?

Yes.  Membership in XBRL Europe does not imply membership in national jurisdictions or direct membership in XBRL International. However, XBRL Europe direct members have equivalent rights to the XII consortium as if they were members of a local jurisdiction.

Q12. Why does  XBRL Europe’s bylaws consider Europe as a geographic concept and not simply the member states of the European Union?

The main objective of XBRL Europe is to support development and adoption of XBRL within the European Union. The concept of “Europe” was broadened as to include nations that are not members of the European Union (eg Switzerland, Norway) so as to foster co-operation and adoption within these states.