1. What is EUNIC?

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 statutes in EnglishLire les statuts d'EUNIC en français

In December 2015, EUNIC adopted its first Strategic Framework. It is operationalising it at cluster level, through the development of three-year cluster strategies.

In 2020, EUNIC is going to revise its strategy.

Strategic Framework
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 statutes in EnglishLire les statuts d'EUNIC en français

The EUNIC Board of Directors acts as collegiate body and has broad powers of administration and management of the Association. Board members are elected by the General Assembly for a period of two year. They can be re-elected one. The Vice-President is elected for one year, after which they automatically become President. The President of EUNIC chairs the General Assembly and Board meetings and acts as representative of EUNIC.

The current members of the Board can be viewed here. A history of previous presidents and board members is available 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 an international non-profit association and foundation (AISBL). The EUNIC Global office in Brussels supports its members in the delivery of collaborative work worldwide, advocates for European cultural relations, and facilitates knowledge sharing and capacity building between the people of the network.

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. Knowledge sharing workshops are hosted by EUNIC member organisations for professional exchange on operations and management, gathering key senior staff members and sometimes external stakeholders on a variety of issues deemed relevant for the strengthening of the network and its members.

    Working in Fragile Contexts (Nicosia, November 2019)
    Digital Cultural Relations (Paris, September 2019)
    Monitoring and evaluation (Prague, April 2019)

    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)

The Siena Cultural Relations Forum gathers policy makers, academics and practitioners to discuss and share the current state of EU cultural relations. After a first edition in 2017, a second edition took place in 2019.

EUNIC is currently working on a monitoring and evaluation scheme to measure the impact of cultural relations projects worldwide. It will be published in the course of 2020.

4. 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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