Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2.5 Fte (4)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen   (deMens.nu)

    EU Transparency Register

    872093423847-01 First registered on 24 Oct 2016

    Goals / Remit

    Our goal is to develop the non-confessional Humanist Community by:
    -taking actions, to support and coordinate actions requested by our member organisations
    -taking initiatives and developing actions in cooperation with our member organisations
    -organising, managing and building moral assistance for the general population, as for specific categories
    -representing the non-confessional Humanist community at the governmental and third party level

    The goal of the organisation is also to monitor, advocate and defend the rights of humanists, atheists, non-believers, agnosts, rationalists, scepticists and free thinkers locally, nationally, in Europe and the world by defending their interests, advocate in international institutions and promote their values of Human Rights, equality and freedom wherever a lack of these values can be observed.

    Main EU files targeted

    -Reform of the Fundamental Rights Agency last year.
    -Renewal of the EEAS Special Envoy on FoRB outside the EU.
    - Repeated interaction regarding Blasphemy and freedom of thought after the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
    - Greed Deal report
    - European Parliament dialogue seminar with Churches and religious communities on: "The External Policies of the EU"
    - The future of Work
    - General Data Protection Regulation
    - Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU
    - Protection of places of worship in the EU
    - Countering fake news/disinformation
    - Non-discrimination policies
    - Whistleblowers directive
    - Review of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
    - Development and humanitarian action by Churches, religious communities and faith-based organisations
    - Churches, religious communities and faith-based organisations as human right actors in third countries
    - Report of the High-Level Expert Group on AI: Policy and Investment Recommendations for AI
    -White Paper on AI - A European approach to excellence and trust
    - European Data Strategy
    - Integration of migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking
    - Trafficking in Human Beings
    - Intolerance and persecution against vulnerable religious groups and minorities in third countries
    - Implementation of EU Guidelines on Freedom of religion or belief.
    - Contribution to the discussion on the situation in Ukraine with the religious communities.
    - Chaplaincy in Defence
    - Chaplaincy in Civil aviation.


    Head Office
    Brand Whitlocklaan 87
    Brussels B1200 - 9
    EU Office
    Brand Whitlocklaan 87
    Brussels B1200 - 9


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    1 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 26 Sep 2023

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Yvan Dheur 03 Dec 2022 01 Dec 2023
    Mr Yvan Dheur 29 Sep 2021 29 Sep 2022
    Mr Yvan Dheur 01 Oct 2020 29 Sep 2021
    Mr Yvan Dheur 15 Oct 2019 01 Oct 2020
    Mr Yvan Dheur 10 Nov 2018 15 Oct 2019
    Mr Yvan Dheur 13 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2018
    Mr Yvan Dheur 12 Nov 2016 13 Oct 2017
    Ms Elizabeth O'Casey 12 Nov 2016 05 Apr 2017

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    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


    Organisations representing churches and religious communities

  • Networking


    Co-founders, sponsors and active members from which the Vice-President of Humanists International

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Public financing

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Ministry of Justice of Belgium 108,893€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)

    Christians in the Middle East#Freedom of religion and religious tolerance#European cultural heritage, ways of Saint-James and other European cultural routes#Green new deal#LGTBI#European Political Platform for Secularism in Politics. (EPPSP)

    Other activities

    Official member of the Art.17 Dialogue between Commission and religious and non-confessional organizations.

  • Meetings


    2 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.

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