Antwerp World Diamond Centre

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Lobbying Costs

25,000€ - 49,999€

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.5 Fte (1)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Antwerp World Diamond Centre   (AWDC)

    EU Transparency Register

    23256548246-36 First registered on 05 Mar 2012

    Goals / Remit

    AWDC is the official representative of the Antwerp diamond sector.

    AWDC's responsibilities include:
    Acting as a body representing the interests of the diamond industry to Belgian, foreign and international governments (and non-governmental organizations); Promoting the trade and industry through sharing and distributing publication material, promotional material and statistics through all kinds of media, setting up exhibitions and trade missions, attending trade shows, all both in Belgium and, to a significant extent, internationally; Helping and advising on all social, economic and financial matters in relation to the import and export of all kinds of diamonds and precious stones through "Diamond Office", as well as supporting the operations of the "Diamond Office" alongside the Belgian government (FPS Economy and FPS Finance).

    Main EU files targeted

    EU External Relations (with a focus on the Kimberley Process, as well as bilateral relations with diamond producing countries);
    EU Trade Policy (with a particular focus on EU FTAs and Rules of Origin methodologies used in EU FTAs);
    EU Development Policy (advocating political support for responsible supply chains, incl Due Diligence framework)
    Politicies with regard to the Financial sector (countering blanket derisking)


    Head Office
    Hoveniersstraat, 22
    Antwerpen 2018
    EU Office
    Hoveniersstraat, 22
    Antwerpen 2018


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 29 Sep 2023

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Ari EPSTEIN 17 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2017
    Mr Michaël Geelhand de Merxem 17 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2017
    Ms Karla Basselier 17 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2017
    Filip Buntinx 17 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2017
    Mr Nick De Vlaminck 17 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2017
    Ms Karla Basselier 02 Aug 2014 31 Jul 2015
    Mrs Karla Basselier 02 Aug 2014 27 Jan 2015
    Mr Michaël Geelhand de Merxem 31 Jul 2014 29 Jul 2015
    Ari EPSTEIN 05 Mar 2012 02 Apr 2013
    Mark VAN BOCKSTAEL 05 Mar 2012 02 Apr 2013
    Karla BASSELIER 05 Mar 2012 02 Apr 2013
    Dries HOLVOET 05 Mar 2012 02 Apr 2013

    Complementary Information

    The Public Affairs Department of AWDC has 3 FTE (1 head, 1 officer, 1 management assistant). As the Department operates on many different levels (city, province, region, federal government, European institutions, foreign governments/embassies, international organizations and industry associations ...), European interest representation is only one of our many responsibilities.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    See AWDC Sustainability Report to Society 2014-2018, page 24

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    25,000€ - 49,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    european federation of jewelry 10,000€ - 24,999€

    Intermediaries for current year

    european federation of jewelry

    Closed year Costs

    25,000€ - 49,999€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 01 Apr 2020 Location VTC
      Subject Exchange on Kimberly Process
      • Hilde Hardeman (Head of Service)
    • Date 02 Jul 2019 Location Brussels
      Subject Follow up to June 2019 KP intersessional
      • Hilde Hardeman (Head of Service)
    • Date 17 Jul 2017 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject Preparation of EU chairmanship of the Kimberley process
      • Hilde Hardeman (Head of Service)
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