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1. What is a cluster?

Clusters are collaboration platforms established where at least 3 local offices of EUNIC members operate together. Clusters can operate nationwide or city-wide. A EUNIC cluster represents the whole of EUNIC and not only those members present in a country/location. 

EUNIC clusters pool resources, exchange best practice and collaborate with local, national and international organisations to build trust and understanding across cultures. Clusters are the backbone of the network and its delivery arm.

EUNIC clusters vary in size from as few as 3 members to over 20 members. There are currently 105 EUNIC clusters worldwide (in 81 countries), classified in three main groups. EUNIC adopted this classification in 2016, inspired by the European Commission’s approach to working with countries around the world:

The EU and its Neighbourhood: comprising the EU (including Norway as well as candidate and potential candidate countries), the EU Neighbourhood - EAST, the EU Neighbourhood – SOUTH and the Balkans.

EEAS Strategic countries: Composed of the 10 strategic partner countries of the EU as well as other middle-income countries with whom the EU has trade and investment interests. 

DEVCO countries: Covering those countries where the EU provides assistance in terms of development cooperation.

The Cluster has three categories of membership: Full members, Associate members and Partners.

Full members: Local offices of EUNIC Full members. If a EUNIC Full member does not have a local office in, then its headquarters may nominate a representative to act on their behalf as a full member.

Associate members: Organisations which subscribe to the purposes of EUNIC but are not eligible for full membership.

Partners: Locally based organisations that work with the Cluster in the design and implementation of cluster projects, for example the EU Delegations/ European Commission Representations.

Members may terminate their affiliation to the Cluster by giving [three months] written notice to the president of the Cluster. The cluster President will then inform the EUNIC Global office.

2. How do I set up a cluster?

The General Assembly held in December 2016 approved a new process to establish a EUNIC cluster. At least three full-members of EUNIC are required to set up a cluster.

Guide to setting up a cluster

The new process for establishing a EUNIC cluster begins with the development of a cluster strategy. You can view and download the suggested strategy template below. Once ready, submit it to EUNIC Global office together with the application form included in the document: How to set up a cluster (TO:, CC:

SWOT analysis templateCluster Strategy Template

The Charter establishes the cluster and defines its main aspects. After submission of the three-year cluster strategy, the General Assembly will decide on the approval of the cluster. If approved by the General Assembly, the next step will be for all full-members of the cluster to sign the Cluster Charter. Once signed, the cluster representative has to send a scanned copy of it to the EUNIC Global office for formal registration.

Cluster Charter Template 2017
3. How to lead and run a cluster?
The Cluster Guidelines provide governance updates for clusters as well as define the general aspects of their operation. They are updated periodically and administered by EUNIC Global, following approval by the General Assembly. View the latest version here.
The introduction of a new Cluster Charter is part of the cluster governance reform approved by the General Assembly in February 2017.

Click here for FAQ's.
Click here for Cluster Charter Template (2017).
EUNIC clusters are engaged in developing three-year cluster strategies to contribute to the delivery of EUNIC Strategic Framework, adopted in December 2015. Three-year cluster strategies are intended to provide practical guidance to clusters’ work and future actions by focusing on the specific local realities and country contexts in which clusters operate. The strategies should also help clusters to move from yearly programming of events to design and implementation of more long-term, thematic projects. EUNIC Global has prepared a template to facilitate this process.
3-year cluster strategy  Indicative Template for clusters
EUNIC Global has developed several tools to support clusters in their communications: EUNIC App –  provides an agenda of cultural events worldwide by EUNIC Clusters, its members and partners. EUNIC Global website now has a worldwide interactive map with information about each cluster. Yammer – a digital platform for internal communication within clusters, between them, and between EUNIC Global and clusters. Webinars for Clusters – short interactive sessions focusing on specific themes and issues. Missed a webinar? Write to us on and we will send you a recorded copy.
Join YammerInvisible City websiteJoin Webinars
EUNIC Global is currently developing a light monitoring and reporting system for clusters as part of the Cluster Governance Reform process agreed by the General Assembly.   The launch of the monitoring and reporting system for clusters is expected in 2018.
EUNIC Global is currently working on a tool that will allow clusters to map the cultural relationship between the EU and their host countries. This tool should help them in the development of their three-year strategies, inform the design and implementation of projects, and further develop partnerships.   EUNIC Global will be testing this tool in 2017/2018. Clusters interested in piloting this tool should contact EUNIC Global. Click here to see a presentation on the Cultural Relations Mapping tool.
4. How to work with EU Delegations/European Commission Representations?
One of the purposes of EUNIC as network is “to act as a partner of the European Commission and other European institutions, in defining and implementing European cultural policy”. Find here some recommendations about how to work with your respective EU Delegation /EC Representation.
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Some EUNIC clusters are already working with EU Delegations/European Commission Representations. Find out what projects they are developing together in this section.
EU Delegations/Cluster Projects
5. How to get funding?
Cluster fund

EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It only co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies.   Find below all the information about upcoming and past calls, as well as the evaluation report of the previous edition of the Cluster Fund (2012-2015) Call for proposals 2017 (in preparation) Call for proposals 2016 (EN) (FR)  (closed) Budget template Results and explanatory note Detailed results EUNIC Cluster fund evaluation report 2012-2015

Staff mobility

Thanks to the support of Creative Europe Programme, EUNIC Global is able to finance meetings among clusters that are developing joint strategies, notably those operating in the same country. Find here all the information about the process and requirements.


Some clusters have developed a strategic partnership with the respective European Commission representation/EU Delegation, which are financing some of their projects. Find out more here.

Thanks to the support of Creative Europe Programme, EUNIC Global is able to finance meetings among clusters that are developing joint strategies, notably those operating in the same country. If your cluster is interested in applying click here.
6. How to learn more?
As part of the implementation of EUNIC Strategic Framework, EUNIC Global is piloting a Cluster Development Programme which consists of a series of regional workshops to enhance the capacity of EUNIC members to work together by means of clusters. The workshops are financed with the support of the EU’s Creative Europe Programme.

19-20 February 2018 (Rabat): EU Neighbourhood South
18-20 October 2017 (Brussels, Belgium) Cluster Forum

26-28 April 2017 (Cairo, Egypt): EU Neighbourhood South

15-17 May 2017 (Prague, Czech Republic): EU, EU Neighbourhood EAST and Balkans

28-31 March 2017 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia): Sub-Saharan Africa

27-28 October 2016 (Rabat, Morocco): EUNIC Meeting on Neighbourhood SOUTH
3-4 November 2016 (Belgrade, Serbia) EUNIC Meeting on Balkans
23-24 May 2016 (Tunis, Tunisia) EUNIC Neighbourhood South Meeting
4-6 April 2016 (Kiev, Belgrade) EUNIC Neighbourhood East Meeting
7-8 March 2016 (Brussels, Belgium) EU Working Group Meeting
EUNIC Global is running a series of short, 45 minute, interactive sessions focusing on specific themes and issues relevant to clusters. Check here the dates for the upcoming webinars and the sign-up instructions.
The interactive map on the homepage of our website is your first point of call for all details on EUNIC clusters. If however you require data presented in a spreadsheet format please click here to request the latest version of the cluster database.
EUNIC clusters are engaged in developing three-year cluster strategies to contribute to the delivery of EUNIC Strategic Framework, adopted in December 2015. Click here to request the latest version of the database containing the strategies adopted by clusters.
7. How to contact us?
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Cluster fund

New Cluster President | Member

Staff mobility

Cluster Governance Reform

Cluster strategies

Cluster Development Programme

Setting up a cluster

Projects with EU Delegations

Feedback on Cluster Fund project proposal

Cultural Relationship Mapping Tool

8. Where are EUNIC clusters?
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