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1. What does it mean to be 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.

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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. 

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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 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. Please refer to Article 10 on the EUNIC Statute for the meeting operational guidelines.

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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.

Augustin Favereau
Johannes Ebert
Board Member

The EUNIC secretariat office is based in Brussels and is registered as a international non-profit association and foundation (AISBL). 

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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 members organise regular Knowledge-sharing workshops on a range of topics throughout the year for members to attend.

    Past events and topics covered (2016)

    Tax and Status (British Council)
    Teacher training (Cervantes)
    Operational models (Goethe-Institut)
    Digital Cultural Relations (IFA)

    2017 workshops

    Libraries (IFA), 23-24 February
    Training and Professional Development (Goethe-Institut), 2-3 March
    Culture and Development (Camoes), September (TBC)
    Concept of arms length (Austrian Cultural Forum) (TBC)

    For further information contact Lina

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 will gather policy makers, academics and practitioners, to discuss and share the current state of EU Cultural Relations (11-15 June).

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 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.

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

EUNIC produces annually a Culture report in the form of a EUNIC Yearbook in conjunction with EUNIC member IFA.

Past editions of EUNIC Yearbook

The EU and the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) made a major step forward towards an improved cooperation in the field of cultural activities. 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. Read the full press release here.

5. How to know more?

Request a copy of the Cluster contact database here.

Since the end of 2015 Clusters have been developing their 3 year strategies. Click here to request the latest strategy database.

6. Who are EUNIC members?
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