European Parliament adopts position on European Cross Border Associations legislation


On 13 March, the European European Parliament adopted its report on the Directive on a European Cross-Border Associations (ECBA), responding to the proposal published by the Commission in September 2023. The legislation proposes allowing (non-profit) associations to operate on a cross-border basis in an equivalent way to that of multinational organisations, affording them a European legal form and EU-wide protection. Some amendments made to the Commission’s original text include:

• A declaration on respecting the EU values as indicated in art. 2 TEU which have been integrated into the text.

• Provision is made for the consultation of stakeholders and NGOs in the implementation of the directive.

The Council of the European Union is yet to adopt its position on the file. Further information on the ECBA is available at: