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Profile of registrant

Demeter International

Identification number in the register: 84570368015-87
Registration date: 08/02/12 10:27:51

The information on this organisation was last modified on 15/02/14 08:04:17
The date of the last annual update was 15/02/14 08:04:17

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Demeter International
Legal status: NGO
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  Andreas Biesantz
Position: Senior adviser and Head of Office Brussels

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Andreas Biesantz
Position: Senior adviser and Head of Office Brussels

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 1 Brandschneise 
Darmstadt 64295
Telephone number: (+32) 26462117
Fax number: (+32) 26477047
Other contact information: Demeter EU Liaison office
Rue du Trône, 194
1050 - Bruxelles

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Demeter is the only ecological association that has built up a network of individual certification organisations world-wide. In 1997 Demeter-International was founded for closer co-operation in the legal, economic and spiritual spheres. Presently Demeter International has 18 members and 6 guest members from Demeter organisations from Europe, America, Africa and New Zealand. Thus Demeter-International represents around 5.000 Demeter farms with nearly 150.000 hectares in more than 50 countries.

Demeter-International e. V. is a non profit organisation and its member organisations work together in the spirit of an international confederation with democratic principles. Membership requires a functioning Demeter certification programme. Associations which support the objectives of Demeter-International can be elected as associated members. Its basis is the Biodynamic® agriculture method, originated by Rudolf Steiner in his "Agriculture Course" given in Koberwitz in 1924, and developed further in practice and research.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

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

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information: Two persons are working in the EU Liaison Office of Demeter International in Brussels as permanent staff and represent Demeter International at the EU Institutions.

One member of the Demeter International board, Mrs. Susanna Küffer-Heer from Switzerland, is cooperating with Brussels' Head of Office, Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Biesantz concerning the advocacy activities in Brussels and on the EU level.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


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

Agriculture and Rural Development:
Organisation of a conference "Land sharing vs. land grabbing" (EU agricultural policy conference), Brussels,3-4 June 2013

Agriculture/Consumer affairs/Internal market/Environment:
Organisation of a conference about European Seed Legislation and Policy "Challenges for producers, consumers and citizens - Who will own the seeds?", Brussels, 22 January 2014

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

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Action
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Development
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • Internal Market
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 18
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Demeter Bund Österreich (50 members)
  • IBD Certifications (30 members)
  • Demeter-International (2 members)
  • Egyptian Bio-Dynamic Association (24 members)
  • Biodynaaminen Yhdystis (45 members)
  • Association Demeter-France (65 members)
  • Demeter e.V. (130 members)
  • Debio (20 members)
  • Demeter Associazione per la Tutela della Qualitá Biodinamica in Italia (80 members)
  • Veräin fir biologesch dyn. Landwirtschaft a.s.b.l (60 members)
  • Stichting Demeter (80 members)
  • Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association in NZ Inc (90 members)
  • Svenska Demeterförbundet (40 members)
  • Demeterverbund Schweiz (120 members)
  • Biodynamic agricultural association UK (60 members)
  • Demeter Association Inc. (120 members)
  • Demeter Slovenia (10 members)
  • Demeter Hungary (5 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


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

IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 30,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 30,000
- donations:
- contributions from members: 30,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

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