REEEP is an international multilateral partnership that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries.
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 operate internationally, have a government majority in membership, and/or be regularly financed to at least 25% by States or intergovernmental organizations, as well as operating on a non-profit basis. 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 as per the Regulation of the Federal Government on Quasi International Organizations 2016 (BGBI. 168/2016, QuIOV 2016), in accordance with 7(3) of the above Federal Law on Granting of Privileges to Non-Governmental Organizations BGBl. Nr. 174/1992 amended by BGBI No 160/2015. REEEP’s International Secretariat is located in the Vienna International Centre, Floor 21, Building D.
REEEP’s governing structure comprises three acting bodies (not including sub-committees): Governing Board, Programme Board, and General Assembly of Partners. The meeting of REEEP Partners is called by the Governing Board every two years whereas the Governing Board convenes biannually. REEEP has currently 353 partners including governments, international organizations, foundations, academic institutions and companies. REEEPs Governing Board currently has thirteen members.
The management and internal operations of REEEP’s International Secretariat are governed by its Statutes (the latest version, from November 2013, can be downloaded below).