AIACE

an association to serve
its members and all former staff

AIACE has both central organs and sections in certain countries. It is led by an International President, assisted by a Bureau which answers to the Board of Management composed of two delegates per section. The General Assembly comprises the whole membership of the Association; it meets every year during the Congress (“Assises”).

The AIACE was created in 1969 by 35 former officials of various nationalities.

It has always worked to improve the well-being of all pensioners and endeavoured to nurture, in a spirit of friendship and good humour, the links among themselves and with the administrative services of the institutions.
On 14 June 2002, an agreement was signed between the AIACE, represented by its then President, Gerhard van den Berge, and the Commission, represented at the time by Vice-President Neil Kinnock. On 29 February 2008, a new agreement was signed by Vice-President Kallas and our President Ludwig Schubert.
SECTIONS

AIACE is represented in various Member States by a Section which groups the former officials according to their place of residence.

These Sections were originally six in number, corresponding to the six founding States of the European Union (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands). Nine more sections have since been added, namely Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Austria.
New sections can be created in other countries if the number of potential members justifies it.
In 2016, AIACE had almost 11.000 members. The more numerous we are, the more representative we will be: join us and become a member. If you reside in a country where there is no section, contact the secretariat of AIACE-International directly.

YEARLY CONGRESS

The Congress is organised every year. This is also when the General Assembly meets. The first Congress took place in Luxemburg in 1970.
The Congress has a twofold aim: strengthen the ties of friendship that link the members of AIACE across Europe, and promote the knowledge of one of our countries. Besides, this is an opportunity to tackle together various issues regarding the interests of former officials, in the General Assembly.

BUREAU

International President: Bernhard Zepter
International Vice-President: Francis Wattiau
Honorary President: Ludwig Schubert
Secretary General: Didier Hespel
Treasurer General: Marc Ooostens
Members: Ludwig Schubert,
Michael Hocken
Maruja Gutiérrez Díaz
Secretariat: Anne-Pascale Descamps,
Florentino Sotomayor

Governing Board 2015-2018

It is constituted of members from the Bureau of AIACE International
and two delegates per section.
THE PRESIDENTS

Bernhard ZEPTER

2016
Bernhard Zepter was elected President of AIACE International in 2015 in Bratislava. He was born in Bavaria (Germany) and is 71 years old. He started his career as a diplomat.
He worked for nearly five years in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet, later as his Deputy Head of Cabinet and dealt with external relations. Between 1997 and 2002 he was Deputy Secretary General of the Commission, later he became European Ambassador in Japan.
Since his retirement in 2007 he has been living near Chiemsee in Bavaria; among other things he looks after his bees, does some gardening and writes a science fiction novel whenever he is not busy with AIACE.

Richard
HAY

2011-2015

Gérald COGET

2008-2011

Ludwig SCHUBERT

2005-2008

Gerhard van den BERGE

2002-2005

Jerry SHEEHAN

1998-2002

Rolf MEIJER

1995-1998

Félix-Paul MERCEREAU

1992-1995

Roland TURKEL

1989-1992

Rudolf DUMONT
du VOITEL

1986-1989

M.F.F.A. de NEREE tot BABBERICH

1982-1986

Mario MELANI

1979-1982

Jacques LELIEVRE

1973-1979

Joseph DINJEART

1970-1973