REEEP Legal Status

REEEP is an international multilateral partnership that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries.

REEEP has been founded as an association under the Federal Act on Associations, 2002 (Vereinsgesetz 2002; BGBl. I Nr. 66/2002).

REEEP’s legal status under Austrian law is that of Quasi-International Organization (QuIO), a category of international organization introduced in 2015 to accommodate international organizations with multi-stakeholder institutional structures similar to those of inter-governmental organizations, but also allowing membership of non-government actors. QuIOs must, inter alia: operate internationally; have been granted non-profit status; have a government majority in membership, and/or be regularly financed to at least 25% by States or intergovernmental organizations; have structures similar to those of an international organization; and carry out activities that are closely connected to the activities of an international organization. Other QuIOs in Austria include Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-proliferation (VCDNP). In addition, contributions to REEEP can be reported as “official development assistance (ODA)".

Organizations with QuIO status are granted privileges and exemptions per Regulation of the Federal Government, in accordance with Sec 16 of the Headquarters Law (Amtssitzgesetz, BGBl. Nr. 54/2021). REEEP’s International Secretariat is located in the Vienna International Centre, Floor 18, Building D.

REEEP’s governing structure comprises three main organs (not including sub-committees): the Governing Board, the Meeting of Members (which is the general assembly of all REEEP members) and the International Secretariat. The meeting of Members is called by the Governing Board every two years whereas the Governing Board convenes biannually. REEEP has currently 359 Members including governments, international organizations, foundations, academic institutions and companies. REEEPs Governing Board currently has eleven members.

The management and internal operations of REEEP’s International Secretariat are governed by its Statutes (the latest version, from January 2019, can be downloaded below).