As the questions are in Dutch, I address this mail directly to you as
the treasurer of OSGeo Europe, but I include the europe list and the
board list in cc as we will need some input from the list to forulate
our point of view.
After the founding of the OSGeo Europe legal structure, questions raise
about where to find the money to pay for our necessary operational
costs, and how to work towards the VAT agency in Belgium.
I asked an accountant to start a discussion with the VAT administration
of Belgium, so we can set up the rules concerning VAT for OSGeo Europe.
These depend on the activities of the organisation.
We received a questionnaire of 10 questions to find out the nature of
As we don't ask contributions from members (as usual in such
organisations) and we don't want to address sponsors directly because we
don't want to cannibalise sponsor money from OSGeo.org and the other
local chapters, but nevertheless, the administration has a couple of
questions about our (future) activities and how we think to fund them.
As seed money, we received 2000 Euro from OSGeo.org. With this money I
paid the consultancy for the registration and I hope that with the rest
we should be able to respond to these 10 questions.
I invite all the Dutch speaking readers on the list to help me with
answering these questions, and translate and start discussions with the
whole list for those we need support of the whole organisation.
The idea is to have a point of view before FOSS4G in Guimaraes, that
could be explained and agreed upon in a F2F meeting in Portugal.
Thanks in advance for all the help and support for this exercise.