Membership Conditions

Membership Conditions & Application Process

Membership criteria 

Membership in GENA is reserved for incorporated businesses with allocations made on the basis of one membership per group of companies interconnected through ownership and control. These organisations offer services related to eInvoicing and other business digitalisation solutions in Europe and the World.  

Membership types

1. Full Members

Entities whose primary business activities include providing eInvoicing services can only choose to join GENA as Full Members. These services encompass the creation, transmission, and management of electronic invoices, as well as ensuring compliance with applicable electronic invoicing regulations and standards.

Full members hold the privilege of voting on all organizational and financial matters, embodying a pivotal role in steering GENA’s direction. Representatives of Full Members are eligible to apply for esteemed positions within the Executive Committee and can take on leadership roles in Working Groups.

2. Associate Members (Non-voting)

This membership category is designed for organizations that do not meet the criteria for Full Membership. For the avoidance of doubt, the criteria for Full Member status should be interpreted broadly with the objective that only organisations that are not providers of software and/or technology services in the e-invoicing and B2B data interchange ecosystem may qualify for Associate Member status.

Associate Members may participate in relevant open meetings and working groups of the Association subject to the decision of the Executive Committee.

3. Chapter Members

Chapter Members are organizations, whether already member of GENA or not, that express a keen interest in participating in local or regional Chapters to engage in discussions pertinent to localized or regional topics. 

Chapter Members can participate in relevant open meetings and working groups of the Chapter but Chapter Membership does not give access to the regular activities of the GENA association.

General Assembly Meetings

GENA organises two General Assembly meetings each year (May and November). GENA Full members may delegate two representatives to each of these meetings, Associate members may delegate one person. Elected Chapter Chairpersons may join the General Assembly meetings as Observer.  

Application and Agreement for GENA Membership (Full and Associate Members)

When applying for membership in the Global Exchange Network Association (GENA), applicants are required to adhere to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Acceptance of Statutes:

    • Applicants must formally accept GENA’s statutes, agreeing to comply with all provisions and guidelines outlined therein.
  2. Confirmation of Eligibility:

    • Applicants are required to confirm that they meet the necessary membership criteria as stipulated in GENA’s statutes.
  3. Consent to Publication and Communication:

    • Applicants must consent to the publication of their name and contact information on the GENA website.
    • Applicants agree to receive communications related to their GENA membership at the provided contact details.
  4. GENA Membership Fees (Full and Associate):

    Applicants agree to be liable for membership fees as determined by the Association, which are subject to change.
    • A one-time entrance fee of €1,000 is applicable, along with the following annual membership fees for 2024:
      • Full Member: €2,750
      • Associate Member: €1,650
    • Note: The one-time entrance fee is waived for VeR (German Chapter) members who join GENA as a Full or Associate member.

Membership Fee - Chapter Member

Companies have the option to join one or more chapters, for which they will be required to pay a membership fee for each chapter they choose to join. The 2024 fee is to be confirmed by the Executive Committee. Chapter members that apply to join GENA as Full or Associate members are eligible to pay the entrance and yearly fees as specified above.

By submitting an application to the Executive Committee, applicants affirm their agreement with these terms, ensuring a mutual understanding and commitment to the principles and operations of GENA.

Companies complying with these membership criteria can submit their application via the application forms. 

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