In 1997 the “European Group of Family Businesses” – GEEF (Groupement Européen des Enterprises Familiales – European Group of Owner Managed and Family Enterprises) was created, its main goal being to support and protect the interests of family companies within the EU.  Meanwhile the Group searches for ways to enhance the public image of the family businesses as a fundamental driving force against the background of economic development, welfare and the creation of new jobs thus achieving better political and social recognition among the European society and governments. The head office is located in the office of the Institute of Family Business in Barcelona.

Since its establishment GEEF has been working in close partnership with the European Commission and the united Europe institutions to protect the specific interests of family companies within the common European market. The member companies of GEEF form 9% of the European GDP, with a turnover of more than 1 trillion and more than 5 million employees. The organisation is one of the major partners of the members of the 6th European Parliament in the drafting of the Small Business Act for Europe.

By a resolution of the General Meeting in October 2009 the name of GEEF was changed to European Family Businesses – GEEF.

The Family Business Association – Bulgaria is the only organization from Eastern Europe and the Balkans member

In 1997 the “European Group of Family Businesses” – GEEF (Groupement Européen des Enterprises Familiales – European Group of Owner Managed and Family Enterprises) was created, its main goal being to support and protect the interests of family companies within the EU.  Meanwhile the Group searches for ways to enhance the public image of the family businesses as a fundamental driving force against the background of economic development, welfare and the creation of new jobs thus achieving better political and social recognition among the European society and governments. The head office is located in the office of the Institute of Family Business in Barcelona.

Since its establishment GEEF has been working in close partnership with the European Commission and the united Europe institutions to protect the specific interests of family companies within the common European market. The member companies of GEEF form 9% of the European GDP, with a turnover of more than 1 trillion and more than 5 million employees. The organisation is one of the major partners of the members of the 6th European Parliament in the drafting of the Small Business Act for Europe.

By a resolution of the General Meeting in October 2009 the name of GEEF was changed to European Family Businesses – GEEF.

The Family Business Association – Bulgaria is the only organization from Eastern Europe and the Balkans member of FBN International and European Family Businesses – GEEF.