1. Being a member?

EUNIC is the network of European national institutes of culture and national bodies engaged in cultural and related activities beyond their national borders.  EUNIC brings together organisations from all 28 EU member states and adds value through its global network of clusters. By pooling together the resources and expertise of its members and carrying out joint work on common areas of interest, EUNIC is a recognised partner of the EU and its stakeholders in defining and implementing European policy on culture inside and outside the EU.

Read EUNIC Statue (EN)Lire les statuts d'EUNIC (FR)

In December 2015, EUNIC adopted its first ever Strategic Framework. It is operationalising it through both at the Members level (through an Action Plan for EUNIC Headquarters to better support the work of EUNIC clusters) as well as at the Cluster level, through the development of three-year cluster strategies and a Cluster Development Programme of regional strategic workshops that are enhancing the capacity of EUNIC members to work together by means of clusters. At the General Assembly in December 2015, members signed up to an action plan.  Progress is reported on annually by members. See the Action plan template below.

Action Plan template

Focal points are representatives from member organisations who are appointed by Heads to work closely on EUNIC issues. They are usually senior colleagues and influential, although they generally do not have the authority to independently make the final decision about any given agreement.  EUNIC Focal points meet twice yearly, around 6 weeks prior to the General Assembly meetings to lay out possible agreements. This reduces the amount of time and resources required at the negotiations at the Heads meetings. 

Request list of Focal Points
2. How does EUNIC work?

Heads of member organisations attend twice yearly General Assembly meetings, chaired by the President of the Board of Directors. The General Assembly is responsible for the strategic guidance of EUNIC. The agenda consists of (but is not limited to) the approval of new full and associate members, election and recall of the Members of the Board of Directors, financial reporting, activity plans and reporting on action plans.

To read previous meeting reports click here.

Read EUNIC Statue (EN)Read EUNIC Statue (FR)

The EUNIC Board of Directors acts as collegiate body and has broad powers of administration and management of the Association.  The current members of the Board can be viewed here.

Cees De Graaff
Board Member
Ciarán Devane
Board Member
Miguel Albero Suárez
Vice President
Johannes Ebert
Board Member
Roberto Vellano
Teresa Indjein
Board Member

The EUNIC secretariat office is based in Brussels and is registered as a international non-profit association and foundation (AISBL). Click here for a timeline of EUNIC's history.

Contact EUNIC Global

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. You can find out more here.

3. How to develop capacities?
  1. EUNIC organises regular knowledge sharing workshops on a range of topics throughout the year for colleagues from member organisations to attend. Find the reports of those meetings here.

    EU and EUNIC engagement for members with smaller networks (Vilnius, October 2018)
    Libraries and Information Societies (Munich, September 2018)
    Cultural Heritage (Rome, March 2018)
    Concept of "arms' length" (Vienna, April 2018)

    Cultural Seasons (Paris, November 2017)
    Culture and Development (Lisbon, September 2017)
    Training and Professional Development (Nancy, March 2017)
    Cultural Relations and Libraries (Stuttgart, February 2017)

    Digital Cultural Relations (Stuttgart, November 2016)
    Tax and Status (British Council)
    Operational models (Goethe-Institut)

    For further information contact Lina Kirjazovaite

EUNIC Member Organisations approaches to Training and Professional Development in Cultural Relations are being developed based on needs analysis, the sharing of good practice and the development of partnerships with academic and training institutions.

Following a proposal to develop a EUNIC Training and Professional Development Framework, EUNIC is working on gathering current practices for training and professional development within EUNIC member organisations.

A report on the analysis of the present state of cultural diplomacy training and competencies has been commissioned by EUNIC and makes recommendations for improving cultural diplomacy training in the future. It is based on the opinions of academics and practitioners currently working in the field. You can read the report in full here.

The Siena Cultural Relations Forum gathered policy makers, academics and practitioners, to discuss and share the current state of EU Cultural Relations (11-15 June 2017). Read the meeting report here.

Mapping Relationships EUNIC Global is currently working on a tool that will allow clusters and their stakeholders to map the cultural relationship between the EU and their host countries. EUNIC Global will be testing this tool in 2017/2018. Clusters and stakeholders interested in piloting this tool should contact EUNIC Global.

EUNIC Members agreed in 2016 to work together in developing a Monitoring and Evaluation approach for Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Relations organisations. A base line report on current interest and practises within EUNIC was commissioned and can be downloaded below.

Report on Monitoring and Evaluation

EUNIC Global has developed several tools to support clusters and members in their communications: Invisible City App provides an agenda of cultural events by EUNIC Clusters, its members and partners. EUNIC Global website now has a worldwide interactive map with information about each cluster. There is also Yammer, a digital platform for internal communication within clusters, between them, and between EUNIC Global and clusters. We regularly offer webinars, short interactive sessions focusing on specific themes and issues.

4. How to work together?
  • Invisible City App

    Invisible City is a mobile app where you can find the best of cultural events in more than 100 world cities. It brings together all the events organised by EUNIC clusters and local cultural actors. Started by EUNIC Prague under the name of EUNIC App, it moved to Brussels, evolved into Invisible City and is now serving all of the EUNIC global network. Download the app at

  • More info to follow soon.

EUNIC has in the past produced an annual Culture report in conjunction with EUNIC member IFA. Please contact us at and we will send you a past edition. The last report was published in 2018.

The EU and the EUNIC made a major step forward towards an improved cooperation in the field of cultural activities in 2017. On 16 May 2017 an administrative arrangement with EUNIC was agreed by the European Union. The arrangement outlines joint principles, values and objectives, which are intended to underpin this cooperation as well as the priority areas for cooperation, together with all practical arrangements for its implementation. Find out more about this here.

5. How to know more?

EUNIC Global office keeps data on clusters and cluster membership updated. If you need the contact to one of our clusters, write to us at

Since 2015 Clusters have been developing three-year cultural relations strategies. Write to to request the latest strategy database.

6. Who are EUNIC members?

Austria: Österreich Institut GmbH
Austria: Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Belgium: Wallonie-Bruxelles International
Belgium: Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs 
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Ministry of Culture
Croatia: Foundation Croatia House
Cyprus: Ministry of Education and Culture Cyprus
Czech Republic: Czech Centres
Denmark: The Danish Cultural Institute
Estonia: Estonian Institute
Finland: The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes
France: Foundation Alliance Française
France: French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs  
France: Institut français de Paris 
Germany: Goethe-Institut
Germany: ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations
Greece: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Greece: Hellenic Foundation for Culture  
Hungary: Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ireland: Culture Ireland
Italy: Società Dante Alighieri 
Italy: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Latvia: Latvian Institute
Lithuania: Lithuanian Culture Institute
Luxembourg: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Malta: Arts Council Malta
Netherlands: Dutch Culture
Poland: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Portugal: Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, I.P (Camões, I.P.)
Romania: Romanian Cultural Institute
Slovak Republic: Slovakian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Slovenia: Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Spain: Instituto Cervantes
Spain: AECID
Sweden: Swedish Institute
United Kingdom: British Council
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