[Owasp-board] VOTE Request - OWASP Europe Foundation

Seba seba at owasp.org
Mon May 9 20:18:37 UTC 2011


The chapters in Norway and France have been set up explicitly to cover their
I can look into this, but it comes down to the same question: do we in
principle support the startup of an European OWASP Foundation?

The logistics of starting it up in Belgium or re-using the Norway/France
chapter is the next step.
The board and committee chairs will be involved in every next step, of


On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Tom Brennan <tomb at owasp.org> wrote:

> If we can't leverage the France or Norway chapter's incorporation.  Have we
> look at that yet as EU ?
> On May 9, 2011, at 1:40 AM, Seba <seba at owasp.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have not seen enough positive reactions on my previous request concerning
> the setup of an European legal entity.
> To gain traction and to have OWASP Europe started by AppSecEU, I need you
> to vote now (deadline Tuesday 10-May EOB).
> I ask you to *vote on the principle if Yes/No you support the startup of
> an European OWASP Foundation*.
> Benefits are:
>    - Ease of payments (IBAN-BIC numbers) within the Euro zone (less
>    accounting overhead, less exchange rate risk exposure, no paypal fees,
>    faster cash-in)
>    - OWASP deducting / avoiding VAT in the EU (savings on
>    chapter/conferences/summit costs)
>    - EU people possibly being able to tax-deduct donations to an EU
>    non-profit entity (extra revenue)
>    - Being able to create EU standard invoices in Euro's (less accounting
>    overhead, faster cash-in)
>    - Potentially tap into EU/governmental budgets (extra revenue)
>    - Less hassle to hire EU employees/contractors (less overhead, better
>    social protection for employees)
>    - Providing a governance umbrella for EU chapters/events
> Upon your approval I will initiate the EU Legal entity in Belgium.
> This will cost:
>    - € 500 for translating the Bylaws in English (takes 3 working days)
>    - € 1000 for a notary to make them official. (takes 10 working days)
> We can get it done by AppSecEU, but we have to decide now.
> Potential VAT deduction of the AppSecEU costs (21% on estimated € 10000)
> already covers the startup costs.
> Yearly book-keeper cost (quarterly VAT and one yearly fiscal declaration)
> will be about € 850 / year.
> We can set up Alison with an EU software package to create and follow-up on
> EU invoices/ costs.
> Can you send us your vote and/or questions by Tuesday 10-May EOB?
> Thanks,
> --Seba
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