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Profile of registrant

Antwerp World Diamond Centre

Identification number in the register: 23256548246-36
Registration date: 05/03/12 14:41:26

The information on this organisation was last modified on 29/07/14 14:51:38
The date of the last annual update was 06/02/14 13:01:46

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Antwerp World Diamond Centre
Acronym: AWDC
Legal status: Foundation
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Ari Epstein
Position: CEO

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Karla Basselier
Position: Head Public Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 22 Hoveniersstraat 
Antwerpen 2018
Telephone number: (+32) 03 222 05 11
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: AWDC is intended to stimulate, promote, represent the interests and support the diamond trade in Belgium and in the Antwerp region in particular, as well as the promotion of the international aura of Antwerp as a world centre for diamonds and precious stones.

The object of AWDC more specifically comprises:
a) acting as a body representing the interests to the Belgian, foreign and international governments (and non-governmental organisations) as regards the diamond trade and diamond industry situated in Belgium;
b) the promotion of trade and industry through the dissemination of publication material, promotional material, regardless of the media used, statistics, setting-up exhi-bitions and trade missions, presence at trade shows, all both in Belgium and, to a significant extent, internation-ally;
c) all administrative help and advice on a social, economic and financial field and in relation to the import and export of all kinds of diamonds and precious stones via “Diamond Office”, as well as the operational support of the “Diamond office”-activities in close cooperation with the Belgian government;
d) the encouragement of scientific and technological research into diamonds and precious stones, as well as co-ordinating and bring together scientific and technical doc-umentation, both as regards decorative and industrial dia-monds and precious stones;
e) the promotion of a healthy social policy as regards the acquisition and training of the workforce, according to the financial needs of the industry;
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: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Michaël Geelhand de Merxem 31/07/14 29/07/15
Karla Basselier 02/08/14 31/07/15


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

- Various contacts with MEPs and members of the European Commission through e-mail and physical meetings on two issues (conflict minerals regulation & 4th anti-money-laundering directive).
- Regular contacts with the European Commission, who acts as a participant to the Kimberley Process on behalf of the EU and its Member States. The European Commission also chairs the Working Group on Monitoring of the Kimberley Process.
- Participation at the meeting with Belgian MEPs, organized by the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO) on 20 January 2014.
- Participation at the civil society meeting on the conflict minerals regulation on 7 april 2014.

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

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Enterprise
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Internal Market
  • Taxation
  • Trade


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

See AWDC Sustainability Report 2014, page 18 (

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 15,000 €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

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