Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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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 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

4 Fte (13)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel   (VUB)

    EU Transparency Register

    996789025151-11 First registered on 19 Dec 2016

    Goals / Remit

    As a university Vrije Universtiteit Brussel follows a wide range of EU initiatives, policies and legislative files. As a research institution we are an avid participant of the framework programme Horizon Europe. We also adhere to the charter and the code of researchers and have the seal of HR excellence. Furthermore we monitor EU policy mainly surrounding HEU but also as a whole and in dept through our researchers involved in European Studies. We are following up on big issues such as data protection, ethics, animal testing, clinical trials, data management and storage, open access…
    As a university we are also very much involved with the Erasmus+ programme.
    We have experts keeping up to date with EU regulation and aligning these with our internal rules and practices. Our researchers are often functioning as experts and evaluators for the EC. We take part in a number of surveys and stakeholder consultations by the EU or the EC.

    Main EU files targeted

    Vrije Universiteit Brussels has around 200 EU (co-)funded projects at any time. Furthermore it has a number of service contracts delivering services to the EU. These actions involve dissemination and outreach. As a university publications are our core business. The main focus of these publications is geared towards advancing science but they also include publications relevant to policy and outreach initiatives.


    Head Office
    Pleinlaan 2
    Brussel 1050
    EU Office
    Pleinlaan 2
    Brussel 1050


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    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


    Academic institutions

  • Networking


    UNICA - https://www.unica-network.eu/

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    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, EU funding, Other

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Other income linked to education, research and services 38,619,803€
    Contribution governmental contributions 193,263,991€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Income and living conditions#E01485#https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/expert-groups-register/screen/expert-groups/consult?lang=en&groupID=1485 #Observer #C#Academia/Research#Task Force on innovative tools and sources for HBS and TUS

    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    We organize small and large events relevant to our research & policy like the CPDP conference on data protection.

    Other activities

    VUB recently became a member of the European Food Forum (https://europeanfoodforum.eu/members/#1574784891281-fb504e14-6491) : one of our researchers, Prof. Piet Van der Meer, is an active contributor to this forum.

  • 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 proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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