After creating a Bitcoin meetup in Brussels, some members who were in attendance wanted to create something more than that, which resulted in the Belgian Bitcoin Association. Currently, there are a total of 18 members, and the treasury holds a budget of 2.5 Bitcoin.
This budget is comprised of membership signups, which is currently valued at EUR60 per year (for individuals – click here for full pricing information). The Belgian Bitcoin Association is a non-profit, and they have seen a growing media interest over the past year, which I can only applaud.
Membership pricing might change though, as EUR60 per year is quite a steep price for students, or people who use Bitcoin as an additional income to cover bills like myself. The team is working on a student fee, which could be as low as EUR20. Keep in mind this number has not been confirmed as of yet, but we will keep our readers updated.
The plan is to help Bitcoin adoption in Belgium, and even link up with other countries for the benefit of Bitcoin in general. Members who want to get things done, and can aid in the realisation of such projects, are more than welcome to join the Belgian Bitcoin Association.
Most of the things on the BBA agenda can be done informally, by organizing meetups like this one. However, certain matters do require a more “formal and legal” entity in order to get some traction, which is why it’s so important to have the Belgian Bitcoin Association.
Structural changes will be coming as well, as the distinction between Directors and Members will blur. Upcoming elections are also planned, during which we might even see new Directors being chosen by BBA members.
Here are a few reasons to join the BBA :
Almost no violence
Being at the place where the decisions are taken when it comes to Bitcoin in Belgium
Contacts with people from other organisations (Netherlands, UK, France)
Feedback to make it more attractive is more than welcome.
The BBA wants to be at the table once more Bitcoin regulations are being discussed and signed. The current climate is quite positive for Bitcoin, but this could change at any time. Together, we can help shape the future of Bitcoin in Belgium.
The Belgian Bitcoin Association members are not just individuals, but also include three companies (as of this writing). Said companies do not have more voting rights compared to regular members, contrary to the US Bitcoin Foundation.
It is important to note the Belgian Bitcoin Association does NOT represent Bitcoin in Belgium, but they are an open association. Upoin joining the BBA, they will try and inform or help you wherever they can, but always in an informal way.
The US Bitcoin Foundation has sent out a request about the Belgian Bitcoin Association becoming a local chapter, but the BBA members have decided against it as there is no real advantage to be gained by being linked to them.
Website : http://www.bitcoinassociation.be