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  1. Executive summary
  2. Generation of value
  3. Compensation value
    1. Banner ads
    2. Sponsored groups
    3. The flyers
    4. Advertising in the news
    5. Gifts
  4. The distribution of value
  5. Conclusion

To facilitate the development of business cooperation within the Common Market, on 25th July, 1985,the European Community Council adopted a regulation that established the European Economic Interest Grouping - EEIG - (Regulation 2137/85, OJ L . 199, July 31, 1985).This Regulation lays down the main features of the group ? and closely resembles the French GIE - but left it to the Member States to clarify some issues that were optional (such as voluntary recognition of legal personality EEIG) and the application of certain rules (conditions of registration and advertising in particular).

These support measures have been adopted in France by law No.89-377 (of 13 June 1989) by the decree of June 20, 1989.

This has also been done in Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands and West Germany. Denmark, Spain and Ireland are also planning to implement it. However, its accompanying measures are not yet at the stage of the projects in Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and Portugal.

The regulation came into force on 1 July 1989. Since then, it has been possible to register an EEIG in one state that has implemented accompanying measures on the the condition that the EEIG has itsheadquarters there. This grouping is then endowed with full legal capacity in all other Member States, including those who have not yet developed their domestic legislation.

By the institution of the EEIG, the Community authorities have provided companies of the Common Market with a flexible structure that allows them to cooperate across borders in spite of the legal, fiscal or psychological difficulties that can arise from such a situation.

The Constitution of the European Economic Interest Grouping:

Section 1. Purpose of the EEIG

The purpose of the EEIG is identical to that granted to the French GIE. It should aim to facilitate or develop the economic activities of its members and improve or increase the results of this activity. Its functions must be related to the economic activities of its members and can be only ancillary to it (art. 3, 2 of Regulation EEC). It is not constituted to make profits for itself. An EEIG must have an economic purpose i.e. a real economic activity related to production, distribution and consumption of wealth.
The purpose of the EEIG can be either civil or commercial and it must be lawful i.e. not contrary to public order or morality. The registration of grouping does not entail a presumption of the commerciality of the group

Section 2. Members of the EEIG

Status of members

One can be a member of the EEIG only if they are :
- individuals working in the community of an industrial, commercial, craft or agricultural activity, a profession or any other service;

- companies and other legal entities under public or private sector of the Community have their registered or statutory office and central administration (or just their head if they are not required to be registered or statutory).Even if they are nationals of countries outside the EEC, individuals who have business within the Community are allowed to be members of an EEIG.

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