Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)

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.

Company details

34, Avenue d'Iéna , Paris , ÃŽle-de-France 75116 France

Locations Served

Business Type:
Event organizer
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Horticulture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1931

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

Learn more about the process of organizing an 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.

How we work

Today, 169 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 Steen Christensen (Denmark)

The Committees

Representatives of BIE Member States meet twice a year in four committees. The committees work on the different issues related to the activities of the BIE and report to the General Assembly. All the proposals of the Committees are submited to the approval of the General Assembly.

The Chairperson of each committee is elected for a period of two years from among the delegates of the Member States. They are re-eligible for another two-year period, without interruption. The Chairpersons of the committees are also the Vice-Presidents of the BIE General Assembly.

View the members of each committee

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of representatives of 12 Member States elected by the General Assembly.

Its main functions are:

  • To examine all applications from candidate countries who want to organize an Expo
  • To oversee the advances of all upcoming Expos and advise the organizing teams 
 Rules Committee

The Rules Committee is composed of representatives of 12 Member States elected by the General Assembly.

Its main functions are:

  • To provide participating and organizing countries with a guide of all the mandatory regulations for the organization of an Expo
  • To examine the rules and regulations of the Expos
  • To establish the Bureau's internal by-laws

Administration and Budget Committee

The Administration and Budget Committee is composed of representatives of 9 Member States.

Its main functions are:

  • To prepare the BIE's annual budget
  • To guarantee the compliance with the budget
Information and Communication Committee

The Information and Communication Committee is composed of representatives of 9 Member States.

Its main functions are:

  • To establish the communication strategy of the BIE
  • To advise Expo organizers on their communication plan
The Secretariat of the BIE

The Secretariat manages the organization.

Its main functions are :

  • To provide expertise and technical support to Member States
  • To advise and ensure coordination with Expo organizers and Expo candidates
  • To prepare the work of the committees and organize the committee meetings and the General Assembly
  • To implement the decisions of the General Assembly

The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General who is appointed by the General Assembly. The Secretary General is the legal representative of the BIE and is responsible for attending to the current activities of the Bureau in accordance with the instructions of the General Assembly and Committees. The Secretary General of the BIE is Mr. Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales (Spain).

The BIE is the Intergovernmental Organisation 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 organised under its auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano. 

Learn more about the BIE Expos

Our mission is to guarantee the quality and the success of these world events, protect the rights of their organisers 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

Learn more about the process of organising an Expo

From the 31 countries that created the BIE in 1928, the Organisation has grown to 170 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.

Learn more about how we work