In September 2020, 22 companies and organisations (11 from Germany and 11 from France) have taken an important milestone and finally transferred the joint project into solid structures: The 22 founding members signed the notarial founding documents in order to establish an international non-profit association (French: association internationale sans but lucratif, in short: AISBL) under Belgian law, the GAIA-X, European Association for Data and Cloud, AISBL.
Meanwhile, the GAIA-X AISBL announced that it has hit the milestone of 200 applications from companies and research organisations around the world to join the association in early January. Eighty-five percent of the project’s applications are from European companies, however, the GAIA-X AISBL has also received many applications for membership from non-European organisations.
The association’s purpose and objective will be to consolidate and facilitate work and collaboration within the GAIA-X Community – which is consisting of companies and organisations that actively participate in the development of GAIA-X. The GAIA-X AISBL will be representing its members and promoting international cooperation. To this end, the association will develop regulatory frameworks, and ensure that necessary services are made available.
Members of GAIA-X AISBL are required to uphold the European values of enhanced data privacy, transparency, security and respect for data rights. In the interest of guaranteeing a European direction and destiny for the project, the association’s Board of Directors will consist entirely of Europe-based companies.
The application process is still ongoing and formal admission beyond the existing 22 founding members is still pending. As soon as the GAIA-X AISBL is legally established, further members will be admitted, especially from other European member states. Meanwhile, the founding members will continue to prepare and develop the associations headquarter in Brussels and its key organisational structures. If you are interested in becoming a member of the association, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.