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BA Bundesanstalt für Arbeit (DE) = Federal Labour Office; renamed Bundesagentur für Arbeit = Federal Employment Agency
BAG Bundesamt für Güterverkehr = Federal Office for Freight Transport
BAIID breath alcohol ignition lock device (also called an “alcohol interlock”)
BAK i. Bundesaufsichtsamt für das Kreditwesen (DE) = Federal Banking Supervisory Office (G&C)
BAK ii. Bundeskammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte (AU) = Federal Labour Chamber (usually shortened to Bundesarbeitskammer)
BalBat Baltic battalion (troops from 3 Baltic states + Nordic countries, part of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia)
BALTCON Baltic contingent (part of NATO-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia, cf. BalBat)
BAT i. Biologische Arbeitsstofftoleranz
BAT ii. Bundesangestelltentarif (DE) = Federal Employees' Collective Salary Agreement
BAT
iii. bureau technique d'assistance (EU) = TAO q.v.
BATNEEC Best Available Technique(s) Not Entailing Excessive Cost
BAU Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Unfallforschung (DE)
BBA British Board of Agrément (building materials)
BBG Bergbau-Berufsgenossenschaft
bbl barrels (oil)
BBSRC Bio-technology & Biology Sciences Research Council (UK)
BCBG bon chic, bon genre = "U", as opposed to "non-U"
BCC business cooperation centre (EU)
BCNet Business Cooperation Network (EU)
BCR Bureau Communautaire de Référence = Community Bureau of Reference (EU: metrology, 1973)
BCSD Business Council for Sustainable Development
BDA Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände = Confederation of German Employers' Associations
BDI Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie = Federation of German Industries
BDGW Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Geld- und Wertdienste = Federal Association of German Cash and Valuables Services
BEAC Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale = Bank of Central African States (based Yaoundé, Cameroon)
BEP i. brevet d'enseignement professionnel (FR) = vocational training certificate
BEP ii. brevet d'études professionnelles
BEPS base erosion and profit shifting (int. finance)
BERD i. Banque européenne de reconstruction et de développement = EBRD q.v.
BERD ii. business expenditure on research and development (OECD)
BET i. bedrijfseffectentoets = (suggest) business impact assessment
BET ii. Brunauer/Emmet/Teller (coalm.) Used in English, defined as "Methode zur Bestimmung der absoluten Gröbe einer Oberfläche unter Berücksichtigung aller Unebenheiten"; source: Bill Grahamslaw.
BEUC Bureau européen des Consommateurs = European Bureau of Consumers' Unions (no EN acronym)
BfR Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (DE) = Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (formerly BgVV)
BG Berufsgenossenschaft q.v. (DE)
BGB Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (DE) = Civil Code
BgVV Bundesinstitut für gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz und Veterinärmedizin (DE) = Federal Institute for Health Protection and Veterinary Medicine (now BfR)
BGW Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (DE) = Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Health and Welfare Services
Bh (B='Betriebs-', h='Stunden') machine hours (industry)
biko = Beratung, Information, Kostenübernahme bei Verhütung (initiative of pro familia) (DE)
BIPM Bureau International des Poids et Measures = International Bureau of Weights and Measures (based Paris, no English acronym)
BISPA British Independent Steel Producers' Association
BKA Bundeskriminalamt = Federal Criminal Police Office (DE)
BKJ Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung = Union of Federal Associations for Cultural Youth Education (DE)
BKM Bundesbeauftragter für Kultur und Medien = Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (DE)
BLE Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung = Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (DE)
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA)
BMAS Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (DE) = Federal Ministry of  Labour and Social Affairs
BMHS berufsbildendes mittleres und höheres Schulwesen (AU) (suggest) intermediate and higher vocational education
BML Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft (DE) = Federal Ministry of Agriculture
BNFL British Nuclear Fuels Limited
BNIST Bureau National pour l'Information Scientifique et Technique (FR)
BO Basisonderwijs (NL) (suggest) (basic) primary education
BPM belasting personenauto's en motorrijwielen (NL) (suggest) motor car and motorcycle tax
BPV-St. Bergpolizeiverordnung Steinkohle (D) = coal mining regulations (of a Land, e.g.)
BQG Beschäftigungs- und Qualifizierungsgesellschaften (DE) = (suggest) employment and new skills companies
BRAGO Branchengebührenordnung (DE) = scale of professional fees (lawyers e.g.)
BRE Bureau de rapprochement des entreprises = BCC q.v.
BRGM = Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières = (suggest) Geological and Mining Research Bureau (FR)
BRIC
s Brazil, India, China (trade: emerging markets)
BRS
i. Bedrijfsregistratie Systeem (NL)
BRS ii. budget rectificatif et supplémentaire = SAB q.v.
BSG Bundessozialgericht = Federal Social Court (DE)
BSI British Standards Institution
bss bruto-standaardsaldo (NL: ?employment in agriculture)
BT i. brevet de technicien (FR)
BT ii. British Telecom (UK)
BTH brevet de tourisme et d'hôtellerie (FR)
= tourism and hotel management certificate
BTN i. brevet de technicien normal (FR)
BTN ii. Brussels Tariff Nomenclature (EU)
BTS brevet de technicien supérieur (FR)

BTW bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons
BV Bundesverband = federal association (DE in various titles)
BVB Besondere Vertragsbedingungen (DE)
bve beroeps- en volwasseneneducatie (NL)
= vocational and adult education
BVG Berufliches Vorsorgegesetz = Occupational Pensions Act (CH)
B en W burgemeester en wethouders (NL) = mayor and aldermen
BWC Biological Weapons Convention (Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (UN: 1972)
BWI Bretton Woods Institutions (development, = IMF and World Bank)
BWR boiling water reactor (energy)
bwu blue whale units (IWC whaling quotas)
BWÜ Übereinkommen über das Verbot biologischer Waffen = BWC q.v.
BZK Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties = (Minister/Ministry of the) Interior and Kingdom Relations (NL)
BZN Brüsseler Zollnomenklatur = Brussels Tariff Nomenclature
BZR Brüsseler Zollrat = Customs Cooperation Council
BZST Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (DE) = Federal Central Tax Office


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