The national organisation of the Belgian Red Cross
The supreme body of the Belgian Red Cross is the National General Assembly. It alone holds sole power to amend the articles of association and to adopt the consolidated accounts and balance sheets of the Belgian Red Cross as a whole. This assembly is chaired by the national President who also chairs the meetings of the National Management Board and of the National Council, as well as many different work groups.
In accordance with Article 27 of the Articles of Association, the Community Presidents of the French-speaking Community and the Dutch Speaking Community alternate in the role of National President for a period of 2 calendar years from 1 January. This rotation began for the first time on 1 January 2019. This mandate is currently held by Mr Frédéric Wirtz for the period from 01/01/2023 to 31/12/2024.
Issues of joint interest come under the National Management board made up of an equal number of 15 members from the French-speaking and Flemish Community Councils, (including two representatives of Brussels-Capital). The President of the German-speaking Community is also a member of the National Management Board. As such, the National Management Board establishes the general policy of the National Society at national and international levels. The proceedings of the National Management Board are prepared by the National Management Committee, which is equally constituted on an equal basis. The National Management Committee assumes the general management of the National Society within the confines of the powers it has been assigned by the National Management Board.