ETSI is established as an Association under French law. This means that we are a non-profit organization – any surplus income is usually returned to our members as credit towards their membership fees for the following year.
Our funding comes from various sources including:
- Annual membership fees – providing the majority of our income. Fees are calculated according to the size of the member company or organization but reduced fees are charged for user associations, academic and research bodies and small businesses.
- European Union – the European Commission (EC) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) issue mandates – and provide funding – for us to develop specific standards, particularly Harmonised Standards, or for other related work. This is often in support of European legislation. They also provide general funding in support of our activities as a European Standards Organization (ESO), together this funding amounts to 15% - 20% of our budget.
- Income from ‘commercial’ activities – including sales of standards, fees for events (such as interoperability testing events) and services to outside organizations.
- Contributions from partner organizations – e.g. services performed on behalf of collaborative activities, such as the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™).
- The provision of technical, project management and administrative support to our technical committees and other standards-related activities. This includes the operating costs of the ETSI Secretariat.
- Specialist Task Forces
- Interoperability testing events, workshops etc.
- Special projects, typically in support of EC/EFTA research and development programmes.
The ETSI Directives provide guidelines for the administration of our finances, which are overseen by a Finance Committee appointed by our General Assembly. The Director-General is responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of our finances.