Romania's participation at EXPO 2010…

The institutional and regulatory framework in world exhibitions

The first world exhibitions are the promoters of the global industrial revolution, exemplified by mega-machines (steam engine, pneumatic machines, electric motor), huge architectural projects that combine glass and steel (Crystal Palace - London 1851 "Great Progress", The Eiffel Tower - Paris 1889 " Celebration of the Centennial of the French Revolution") and encyclopaedically classification systems.

On the 22th of November 1928 was signed at Paris, the International Convention on Exhibitions, which Romania, as a founding member, has ratified it by Decree no. 2581/1930, coming into force on 17 January 1931.

International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) currently has 154 Member States.

The International Convention on Exhibitions regulates the establishment of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE), the administrative body that oversees and ensures implementation of the Convention and Regulations, and also determines the classification of exhibitions, the rights and obligations of the organizers and participants, and the periodicity of these events.

According to BIE Convention, world exhibitions fall into two categories:

  • International Registered Exhibition: duration may not be less than six weeks nor more than six months; the interval between two registered exhibitions shall be at least five years. 
  • International Recognised Exhibition: duration may not be less than three weeks nor more than three months; they must illustrate a definite theme; only one recognised exhibition may be held between two registered exhibitions.

Romania is part, since 2005, of the Executive Committee of BIE.