The BIE (Bureau of International Exhibitions) is an international non-governmental organisation set up to manage universal and international exhibitions (Expos).
It oversees 4 international events: the Universal Exhibition, which takes place every 5 years with a duration of up to 6 months, requires the construction of pavilions by the participants and has a general theme; the Specialised Exhibition which lasts for three months and has a specific theme; the Horticultural Exhibition and finally the Exhibition of decorative arts and modern architecture known as the Triennale di Milano.
BIE’s mission is to guarantee the quality and success of all four worldwide events, to ensure the legal requirements of organisers and participants alike are observed and to preserve the fundamental values of sharing culture and education, encouraging development and strengthening international relations. This is achieved by making sure the Host country and all participants adhere to the 1928 Paris Convention and the rules of the Expo itself. The countries are invited to illustrate the general theme of the exhibition in their pavilions and – each in their own way – represent their country and their culture, becoming a vehicle for cultural exchange.
How the BIE works
Each Member State is represented by a maximum of 3 delegates appointed by their government. They take part in the decision-making process of the BIE through the General Assembly and the various Committees. During the EXPO organisation process, the Member States elect a Host country, adopt special regulations and monitor the progress of the Expo, from selection to succession.
The BIE Secretariat – under the authority of the General Secretariat – is responsible for the management of the BIE.