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Profile of registrant

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.-Gesellschaft zur Förderung freien Wissens

Identification number in the register: 17599199655-43
Registration date: 09/10/12 13:27:27

The information on this organisation was last modified on 16/09/14 11:00:28
The date of the last annual update was 16/09/14 11:00:28

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.-Gesellschaft zur Förderung freien Wissens
Acronym: WMDE
Legal status: e.V.
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Engelmann Jan
Position: Executive Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Engelmann Jan
Position: Executive Director

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 23-24 Tempelhofer Ufer 
Berlin 10963
Telephone number: (+49) 30219158260
Fax number: (+49) 30219158269
Other contact information: Brussels contact:

Wikimedian in Brussels
Dimitar Dimitrov

Rue du Trône 51 Troonstraat
Ixelles 1050 Elsene

+32 497 720 374

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. is a non-profit organisation promoting free knowledge. Founded in 2004 Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. supports Wikimedia projects with fundraising, infrastructure and public relations. The best known project is Wikipedia - The Free Enzyclopedia, one of the most popular websites worldwide. Wikimedia Deutschland supports Wikipedia's mission of creating and spreading free knowledge throughout the world. We consider the free and open access to knowledge as an integral part of the human right of education. Wikipedia, as well as other projects are independent, commercial-free and facilitated by volunteers and donations. Wikimedia Deutschland supports the growing Wikimedia projects with awareness raising campaigns, assists volunteer projects and represents the idea of free knowledge in the political field. We organize conferences and workshops, award prizes and scholarships, advise cultural and educational institutions and realize projects in cooperation with civil society partners and education projects. Furthermore we support the German Wikipedia-Community with technical and administrative assistance.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information: 1 person responsible for the EU activities
4 people that spend at least paid hours every month on this
About 20 volunteers with varying degrees of commitment

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Dimitar Dimitrov 06/01/15 22/12/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

DG MARKT Copyright consultation
Organised a World Book and Copyright Day Discussion with DG MARKT and DG CONNECT participation
Participation in Network Neutrality Debates
Talking to JURI and IMCO MEPs about Copyright Reform

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Research and Technology


Total number of members that are natural persons: 12,000
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information: We are the German Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation and part of the Wikimedia Movement. We have chapters across Europe and intend to have a common representation with them.

Wikimedia Chapters currently part of the effort:

WMCAT (Amical Wikimedia)


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Wikimedia Movement, Wikimedia Foundaiton

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2014 - 09/2014
Total budget: 4,970,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 4,970,000
- donations: 2,204,000
- contributions from members: 490,000
donations via Wikimedia Foundation grant : 1,296,000
carry forward from 2013 : 500,000
subsidies : 390,000
other income : 90,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Annual plan for 2014:

Annual report for 2013:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.