Spark will support the European Commission (DG GROW) in collecting and analysing data on the existence of legislation and/or soft law concerning the mergers of associations across all 27 EU Member States.
There are over 2 million associations registered across the 27 EU Member States, contributing to benefit society as a whole and providing employment for millions of people. However, there is a lack of uniformity at Union level on the current national merger or de-merger rules applicable to associations. Considering the increasing incidence of associations merging and de-merging internationally, harmonising the relevant rules is of paramount importance to provide more safety and clarity, especially in the case of cross-border operations.
In order to avoid fragmentation and ensure a harmonised approach across the Member States, Spark is delighted to assist DG GROW in analysing existing legislation and soft law concerning the mergers of associations. This study will entail researching in-depth and comparing the 27 legal regimes for the merger of associations in the EU, and will ultimately offer guidance to the European Commission’s project to adopt a legislative initiative on cross-border activities of associations in the Single Market.
Spark is looking forward to contributing to this European intervention aimed at removing barriers, and promoting and supporting cross-border activities of associations in the single market.