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From FSFE's published "Self-Conception": "The people of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), see ourselves as Europeans from different cultures with the shared goal of co-operation across cultures and of developing a common culture of co-operation from a regional to a global level. We form a non-profit non-governmental organisation and network that itself is part of a global network of people with common goals and visions. We are not representative for anyone but ourselves and our work. Our common work and dedication to freedom in all aspects of digital society is what defines us."
Internally, the FSFE has a consensus-oriented, team structure in which participation is determined by each persons willingness to participate and do work. A democratic and representative-democratic model functions as a fallback for when the consensus-based approach either reaps no results or a quick decision is needed.
The FSFE has a modular legal structure with a central "Hub" organisation and the possibility of local legal bodies, called "Chapters". The Hub is a charitable association ("e.V.") which is, by happenstance, registered in Germany.
As well as being in regular contact with the other FSFs (FSF, FSFI, FSFLA), FSFE has a structure of organisations which are "official associates". These are mostly national-level free software groups.
Associate organisations are independent of the FSF Europe and entirely autonomous. They are completely self-run and -managed in all aspects (such as membership, statutes, finances and so on).
Being associate means being formally allied and having immediate access to the FSF Europe. So associates are usually involved in the internal communication and consideration process. They also work together for campaigns and events such as tradeshows.
Associate organisations are:
Association For Free Software (AFFS)
Associação Nacional para o Software Livre (ANSOL)
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)
Verein zur Förderung Freier Informationen und Software e.V.
Free Software Initiative of Japan
Organisation for Free Software in Education and Teaching (OFSET)
Fundación Vía Libre
Irish Free Software Organisation
Free Software Network Serbia