The European Internet Foundation (EIF) was founded in March 2000 by three Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from 3 different political groups: James Elles, Erika Mann and Elly Plooij-van Gorsel. In 2014 it changed its name into 'European Internet Forum' to better reflect its 'raison d'etre'.
EIF’s mission is to help provide European political leadership for the development of European and multilateral public policies responsive to the political, economic and social challenges of the worldwide digital transformation, and support MEPs from all political groups to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of this transformation and benefits fully from it through enhanced global competitiveness and social progress.
EIF focuses on issues and actions at the top of the political agenda and on emerging future trends at both European and global level. Through a continuous programme of live debates and special projects featuring open and inclusive dialogue, EIF creates a space for greater understanding of the digital world.
EIF does not itself take any position nor represent specific interest.
The European Internet Forum is led and governed by our Political Members, all of whom are elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). We are independent, not-for-profit and non-partisan. Membership in the European Internet Forum is open to all current MEPs.
EIF membership also includes a variety of leading companies and organisations which together encompass a broad range of interests and actors in the vanguard of internet and ICTs. We continually seek to expand the breadth and depth of interests and points of view within the EIF membership on a non-discriminatory basis.
Functioning as a real “network organisation”, EIF provides all its members with the opportunity to actively participate in its activities and to help shape EIF’s programme and event agendas.
The European Internet Forum (EIF) is established as non-profit association (‘ASBL’) under Belgian law. It is governed by its Statutes and Bylaws, which have been updated in October 2014 and December 2014 respectively.
EIF's structure reflects the principle of political leadership and control, while ensuring openness, participation and equity for business and associates members, who support EIF financially through annual fees.
Below you will find more details about EIF's governing bodies and the current members in charge.
A diagram of the EIF governance can be found here: pdf download
A diagram of the EIF programming process can be found here: pdf download
The General Assembly includes all EIF members and meets at least once a year for the Annual General Assembly. The full list of EIF members can be found here.
The Programming Committee (PC) is the real ‘engine’ of the EIF. Co-chaired by a Steering Committee MEP and a Business Board member, it includes all EIF members and meets regularly to discuss and propose the EIF programme of activities.
The Steering Committee (SC) is the most important governing body of the EIF. It sets the strategy of the EIF, approves the programme of activities based on a proposal by the Programming Committee (see above), decides on membership, appoints the Programming Committee co-chairs and advises the Board of Management.
The SC is chaired by an MEP and includes (current composition as from 21 April 2015):
8 Business Board members: see further below
6 Associate Board members: see further below
External personalities (upon invitation of the Political Members):
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
The Board manages administrative and financial matters. Chaired by a Business Board member, it includes (current composition as from 8 October 2014):
Business Board members:
Associate Board members: