The BIE is the Intergovernmental Organization in charge of overseeing and regulating all international exhibitions that last more than three weeks and are of non commercial nature (`Expos`). Today, 4 main types of Expos are organized under its auspices: World Expos, International Specialized Expos, Horticultural Exhibitions and the Design Triennale of Milan.
Our mission is to guarantee the quality and the success of these world events, protect the rights of their organizers and participants and preserve their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. We do this by:
- Choosing the host countries of future Expos
- Providing candidate and host countries with our expertise in event management, national branding and public diplomacy
- Regulating the organization of the event and making sure the host country and all participants respect the Convention of the BIE and the rules of the Expo
From the 31 countries that created the BIE in 1928, the Organization has grown to 168 Member States, as a result of the success and the appeal of Expos. The BIE Member States take part in all the decisions of the BIE and they strive to continually improve the quality of Expos. The headquarters of the BIE are located in Paris.
Today, 168 countries are Members of the BIE. Each Member State is represented by a maximum of 3 delegates who are appointed by their national Governments. They take part in the decision making process of the BIE through the General Assembly and the 4 Committees. The BIE Secretariat under the authority of the Secretary General is in charge of the management of the BIE.
The General Assembly
The BIE General Assembly is the decision-making body and representative entity of the organization. Each Member State of the BIE has one vote and deliberations are valid only when two-thirds of the countries entitled to vote are present. The General Assembly is held twice a year.
Its main functions are:
- To elect the hosts of future Expos
- To discuss, adopt and publish regulations on the organization process of Expos
- To approve the Bureau's budget, communication strategy and internal by-laws
- To choose the members of each committee and elect their chairperson
- To appoint the BIE Secretary General
- To amend the Convention of 1928 when necessary
The General Assembly is chaired by the President of the General Assembly who is elected by secret ballot for a period of two years from among the delegates of the Member States. The President is re-eligible for another two-year period, without interruption.
The current President of the General Assembly is Mr Ferdinand Nagy (Romania).