European Mahjong Association (EMA)



In 2005, during the first Open European Mahjong Championship (OEMC) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, the EMA was founded by the General Assembly (GA). The following countries where the 'founding members':

Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands.

In 2008 Finland, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden applied for the EMA membership, followed in 2009 by Belgium and Portugal. All organizations were admitted during the GA of 2009 in Baden, Austria.

The EMA is registered at The Central Business Register in Denmark (CVR: det centrale virksomhedsregister) at The Danish Commerce and Companies Agency (Erhvervs- og Selskabsstyrelsen).


The statutes can be viewed here (PDF) - during a GA they can be (and were) adapted according to the decisions taken. A summary of the main articles can be found hereafter.


The purpose of the association is to encourage, disseminate and coordinate the playing of mahjong in Europe.

The association is a non-profit organization with no political or religious purpose.


Membership of EMA is open to national Mahjong organizations based in internationally recognized European countries which are responsible for the organization and implementation of mahjong-related matters in their countries.

Exceptions to the geographical aspect may be made by the General Assembly.

General Assembly

The GA is the EMA's highest authority. It is held every other year, usually during the OEMC; should the need arise, a 'special GA' can be called when the need arises. Every member country has two representatives with the right to vote; non member countries can have representatives with an advisory capacity, but they do not have the right to vote.


The presidium consist of five members and caries out the EMA's 'daily business'. The members are: the president, both vice presidents and two additionally elected board members.


The board consists of a minimum of five members and every member country is entitled to have a representative in the board.