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Thanks to a new application called ‘eRegistry’, citizens can set up a non-profit organisation-NPO (Association Sans But Lucratif, ASBL, in French) online. Users are expected to save money on travel costs, while enjoying simplified administrative procedures.
This new application is the result of collaboration between the Federal Department of Justice and the Administrative Simplification Agency. The Minister of Administrative Simplification, Olivier Chastel, positively commented on this initiative: "The online communication between citizens and registries simplifies the work. eRegistry is easy to use and so from now on the long trips to the Registry Office belong to the past. Citizens will spare the plethora of paper-based administrative burdens.”
In order to submit a request, citizens have to register using their electronic ID cards. They will then have to fill in the application form which is found on the website and after paying online, the NPO will be created and registered at the Central Enterprise Data Bank. A few days later, the announcement of its creation will be published in the Belgian Official Gazette (Moniteur Belge).
The Minister of Justice, Annemie Turtelboom is also pleased with this development: "eRegistry has reduced the workload of the Commercial Court; everything is faster, easier and above all, more efficient. The intervention of registries is no longer required. Moreover, in the future, the electronic record will cost less, encouraging people to create their NPO electronically.”
Since October 2011, only administrative services for NPOs could register their creation electronically. Since February 2012, citizens are able to create their own NPO online. Each year, roughly 4 500 notifications about the creation of NPOs publish in the Belgian Official Gazette. In a few months time, it will be possible to register several other types of businesses via eRegistry. These will number about 5 615 per year. By the end of 2012, it will be possible to make online changes to an organisation’s name or modify its status. The number of registration changes amounts to 134 279 per year.
The paper-based procedure of registering an NPO will be valid until the end of 2012.