The organising group for ENORB consisted of an Exploratory Group of leading members of Religion and Belief organisations at European level and from several European member-states, which came together from December 2010 not as official delegates to ENORB – but as concerned representatives of different belief traditions, including:
All Faiths and None (AFAN)
CEJI (A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe)
Conference of European Churches (CEC/KEK)
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe
European Buddhist Union
European Humanist Federation
Hindu Forum Europe
Islamic Forum of Europe
Religions for Peace–Europe
G3i (Groupe Inter-convictionnel
Inter-culturel et International)
London Boroughs Faiths Network
The Cordoba Foundation
Edinburgh Inter-Faith Council (Scotland)
Cambridge Inter-Faith Foundation.
All shared a commitment to meeting: for regular dialogue, to initiate action to combat discrimination and promote mutual understanding, and to reporting back to their own organisations. Ten of these organisations are now members of ENORB’s Board, which meets 3-4 times a year.
Preparatory meetings were held during 2010-11 with the Presidencies of both the EU Parliament and the European Commission, as well as officials from DGs Justice, Employment, Education and Culture; and with the EU Networks responsible for the other key strands of Equalities – gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, notably ENAR, which generously made available office space for ENORB when required.
A Constitutive Assembly was held in Brussels in December 2011, and ENORB was registered as a not-for-profit association (ASBL) under Belgian Law in May 2012. A Launch Seminar was held in May 2012 under the auspices of the Presidency of the European Parliament, which brought together representatives of over 50 inter-convictional, inter-faith, religious and humanist, atheist and free-thinking organisations. European seminars and conferences on current topics are held regularly in Brussels, and an increasing number of seminars in EU memberstates (10 last year).