Florist associations pay a yearly contribution to be a member of Florint, the International Florist Organisation. This fee covers the costs of our added-value activities on behalf of our members.
Membership fee composition
The annual membership contribution to Florint consists of three parts:
- A fixed base fee of € 3.849,–
- A variable add-on fee of € 3,34 for each florist that is a member of your florist association
A maximum of € 6523 applies to these two combined fees.
- A separate, add-on championship fee to fund the organising of our two European Floristry Championships:
- Europa Cup, the Senior Floristry Championship: € 750,–
- Eurofleurs, the Young Florist Championship: € 500,–
Please note: as a member you pay either the Europa Cup fee, or the Eurofleurs fee, depending on which championship is coming up. You never pay both.
All the figures mentioned above apply to the year 2021. Florint applies an inflation correction to the base fee and maximum fee every year: a small increase of 1.5 – 2.5%, generally.
Candidate membership fees
Florint’s membership system has a separate category for junior members: candidate membership. This is intended for young florist associations that meet our criteria for membership, but do not yet have the resources of a well-established organization.
Our candidate members pay a lower annual fee: € 2.444
Here, too, an annual increase of around 2% is applied to correct for inflation.
Changes in Florint’s fee system over the years
The current contributions are identical to those in 2020, except for two changes: a small inflation correction applied to the base membership fee, and an increase in the fee for participation in Florint’s Europa Cup championship. This increase covers the rising costs of organising such a monumental competition.
The fee system that Florint employs has been modified a few times in the past. In 2014, several of our member associations had been losing member florists because of the global economic crisis that started around 2008. Less money was coming in, and budgets were tough to balance.
Various amendments to the fee system were discussed, and three variants were laid out in detail in a working document. In the end, the General Assembly of Florint unanimously voted for a ‘cap’ on the member contributions: we established a fee maximum of € 6.000,00 (with an annual inflation correction).
Before 2016, Florint’s membership system included the category of ‘Gold Member’. We reserved this special status for highly committed member associations who were involved with Florint for many years. They paid a slightly higher yearly membership fee but received free entry to our European floristry championships (EUROPA CUP & EUROFLEURS) in return.
Florint’s members formally eliminated the Gold Member category at the General Assembly of 2016. This change resulted in a more equal and less complex fee system.
Lastly, we made a change to the invoicing system for the EUROPA CUP & EUROFLEURS contributions in 2018. These entry fees were traditionally invoiced at once, in the year before the upcoming European Floristry Championship.
As of 2019, these fees are invoiced on a € 500 per year basis in the years before the championship, rather than all at once. This has two important advantages:
- the member association organising the championship has earlier access to the funding it needs.
- Our member associations pay the same fees every year, making budgeting easier.
Payment deadlines & overdue fees
The Internal Regulations of International Florist Organisation establish, in section 3, that:
All member associations shall pay their member contribution before the due date, unless Florint and the national association have agreed for the payment to be paid by a certain date, and of which 75% at least 15 days before Florint’s General Assembly.
If a member does not pay at least 75% of the owed fees 15 days before Florint’s General Assembly, the member will no longer have any voting rights at the General Assembly.
If the member has not paid their contribution by the end of the year, Florint will have the right to suspend [the] membership of the member for the following year and will be ratified by the General Assembly the following year. The member concerned will have the obligation to pay the contribution even if it is no longer part of Florint.
Members can ask, in case of special problematic situations, to postpone payment of (partial) contribution in a written request to the Direction Committee (DC). The motivation needs to be clearly described, including financial explanations. Contribution can then be converted into a loan on conditions, set by the DC.