We are the UK branch of the International Association of Former EU Staff, known as AIACE from its original name in French. You can read more about AIACE here.
The UK branch was set up in 1985 and has its own constitution under UK law, which reflects the Association's basic rules. It now has more than 800 members. The branch is run by a committee elected at its Annual General Meeting every spring. Essential support work is done by a team of volunteers (some on the committee, some not) who deal with mail, messages and requests for information as quickly as possible. In addition to the AGM, the branch holds a second general meeting in the autumn. Distinguished speakers are invited to address our meetings. These meetings also provide an opportunity to discuss important issues, exchange information and maintain contact with colleagues from working days.
In addition, the branch now has several regional groups (and an informal network in Northern Ireland), which organise events of their own.
The branch newsletter, "Connect", is sent to members several times per year. Occasional bulletins are also sent.
Membership of the Association is open to any retired EU staff member or surviving spouse, who should apply to one of the national branches. This is usually the branch for the country in which the applicant lives. Most of those who joined through the UK branch live in the UK.
The UK branch annual subscription is currently £22 a year. We don’t charge for the first year if you join after 31 October.