Culture as a Tool of Development Policy


January 23, 2020

"It’s not a matter of Goethe or Shakespeare"

Gender equality in Bolivia, support of the professionalisation of the creative sector and capacity building in Egypt and Sudan – these are projects of the EUNIC network that EUNIC Global Director Gitte Zschoch has talked about with welt-sichten, a magazine for development cooperation. Find out more in the article by Philipp Saure.

EHC Pilot projects selected


January 22, 2020


On 17 January the international selection committee selected five pilot projects for European ‘Houses’ of Culture to be implemented between March and October 2020.

EUNIC's biannual strategic meeting


January 10, 2020

EUNIC General Assembly held in Brussels

30 EUNIC members met in Brussels for the EUNIC General Assembly on 3 and 4 December 2019. They decided to work on a toolkit on fair international collaboration in the arts, workshopped on the revision of the new EUNIC Strategic Framework, raised extra funds for the EUNIC Cluster Fund and approved the establishment of four new EUNIC clusters.

EUNIC Job Shadowing Programme


December 11, 2019

Job Shadowing at Goethe-Institut in Montreal

Mikołaj Cholewicz, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic in Ottawa, spent four days at the Goethe-Institut in Montreal, getting acquainted with the institute’s language programmes, policies and internal work processes. In his personal blog post he shares his experience in Montreal.

15 cultural relations projects worldwide awarded


December 11, 2019

Published: Results of EUNIC Cluster Fund 2019

15 EUNIC projects were selected for co-financing under the Cluster Fund 2019 with a total of 188,300 Euros. The selected projects deal with topics such as environmental sustainability, European integration, sustainable cities and urbanism, women empowerment and youth. The EUNIC Cluster Fund is EUNIC’s single instrument to steer joint work worldwide. It is composed of members’ contributions.

EUNIC Job Shadowing programme


October 31, 2019

Job shadowing with EUNIC members in Tunis: A blog post

Romina Delia from Arts Council Malta spent a few days with EUNIC colleagues in Tunis soaking up the local culture, art scene and planning for future collaboration between artists from Europe and the north Africa region.

Two-day workshop in Brussels to develop project ideas further


October 3, 2019

European 'Houses' of Culture: Creative Lab selected ideas

On 30 September and 1 October, the Creative Lab for the European ‘Houses’ of Culture brought together representatives from the ten selected project teams. They discussed among themselves and with experts how their proposed idea can be elaborated further to be presented as model of European ‘House’ of Culture and how to include comprehensive Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) schemes to bring forward their application.

A practical handbook for the governance of clusters


October 3, 2019

Published: new EUNIC Cluster Guidelines

What are EUNIC clusters and how can they be managed effectively? How can they be established and who can be a full member in a cluster? From the creation of a new cluster to financing and communication of cultural relations projects, all key information and relevant documents can be found in the newly updated Cluster Guidelines.

Financial support to cultural relations projects of the EUNIC network


September 4, 2019

EUNIC Cluster Fund Call for Proposals 2019: Open for applications until 6 November

The 2019 Cluster Fund Call is now open for applications. The call aims at co-financing EUNIC cultural relations projects that contribute to the principles of people-to-people approach, co-creation, mutual listening and learning. All EUNIC clusters are welcome to submit their projects until 6 November.

A vision on creativity, innovation, and dialogue for sustainable development


August 23, 2019

Published: Manifesto "Culture for Future"

400 experts and professionals from around the world gathered in Brussels on 16 and 17 June 2019 at the International Colloquium "Culture4Future" to explore how cultural and creative sectors contribute to sustainable development and inclusiveness. The Colloquium was organised by the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission. A manifesto "Culture for the future" was prepared to highlight the role of culture in development and has now been published.

European ‘Houses’ of Culture: interview with a jury member


July 12, 2019

‍“It is important that every idea is deeply rooted in a local situation”

On 4 July 2019, the selection committee for European ‘Houses’ of Culture evaluated the 44 applications received for the Call for Ideas. After the meeting jury member Kateryna Botanova sat down with EUNIC Global and discussed the meeting. In this interview, she talks about her impressions of the meeting, the importance of involving local partners and the need to develop every idea based on the local context.

Meeting of selection committee on 4 July 2019 in Brussels


July 5, 2019

European ‘Houses’ of Culture – 10 ideas selected

The international jury has selected ten ideas for European ‘Houses’ of Culture to be developed into concrete projects for 2020. "I am really happy with the selection because it is really going to help people understand the new conversation that Europe is having with the rest of the world", says Yemisi Mokuolo, member of the selection committee after the meeting which took place in Brussels on 4 July.

New EUNIC visual identity guidelines


July 3, 2019

EUNIC has a new look

EUNIC has relaunched its look and feel for 2019 with a new colour scheme, a new font and a slightly adapted logo. Find all you need to know when using the EUNIC brand for your work here.

Enhancig the partnership between the EU and EUNIC


June 28, 2019

Published: Joint Guidelines on the partnership between EUNIC, the EEAS and the European Commission

The Joint Guidelines advise EU delegations, EUNIC clusters and local partners on how to create effective partnerships.

Cultural relations forum


June 27, 2019

EUNIC Siena Cultural Relations Forum opened

"The world has changed and has become smaller. There are new actors working in the field of cultural relations. It is therefore important to bring everyone to the table and to discuss how different actors can participate in cultural relations" - Gitte Zschoch, EUNIC Global Director (opening speech)

EUNIC General Assembly in Rome, June 2019


June 13, 2019

Roberto Vellano of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes over as new EUNIC president

Roberto Vellano of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is the new president of EUNIC. He has officially taken on his new role at the General Assembly in Rome, Italy, on 13 June 2019, and will serve as EUNIC president for one year. He follows in the footsteps of Augustin Favereau of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Interview with Roberto Vellano, EUNIC president from 13 June 2019


May 29, 2019

“Make culture count in foreign relations”

Roberto Vellano of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the incoming president of EUNIC, officially taking on his new role at the General Assembly in Rome on June 13. Here, he talks about his three priorities for the next year, the challenge of Brexit and the changes in Brussels after the elections, as well as the pleasure of constant learning from each other with the EUNIC network.

Seminar in Brussels for EUNIC cluster representatives


May 29, 2019

EUNIC “IN-WEEK”: Call for applications open to the network until 6 September

The three-day workshop features discussions on European collaboration in culture as well as meetings with EU policy makers and visits of EU institutions. It will take place in Brussels from 15 to 17 October 2019. For the first time EUNIC is launching an open call for applications to its network. Apply until September 6!

Preparative Action on European collaboration in culture in non-EU countries


May 29, 2019

European ‘Houses’ of Culture: baseline mapping report available

Are you working on a proposal for the European ‘Houses’ of Culture Call for Ideas? Looking for inspiration? The baseline mapping report is now available. It is looking at past and current practice of European collaboration in culture, both inside and outside of the EU, realised by EUNIC members, EU delegations as well as by other actors or organisations

Applications for EUNIC colleagues open until 3 June


May 5, 2019

EUNIC Job Shadowing Initiative launched

Have you ever wondered how other EUNIC members plan their programmes worldwide? How the Tunisia cluster is implementing the “Tfanen” project together with the EU Delegation and local partners? How EUNIC Global collaborates with colleagues working in EU institutions in Brussels? Then the EUNIC Job Shadowing Initiative is just for you. Applications for hosting offers based from Mexico to Japan are open until 3 June.

International cultural relations of the EU


April 11, 2019

Conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations adopted by Council of the EU

On 8 April 2019 the Council of the EU adopted conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations that propose a concrete framework for action requiring a well-coordinated, cross-sectoral and inclusive approach by the EU institutions and Member States including the network of EUNIC.

Preparative Action on European collaboration in culture in non-EU countries


April 3, 2019

European ‘Houses’ of Culture: Call for Ideas open until 23 June

The time for creative thinking has come: EUNIC Global has launched the Call for Ideas within the European ‘Houses’ of Culture. We are inviting our network to submit their innovative ideas for a cultural relations project to be implemented in 2020.

Interview with Walter Zampieri on the project "European 'Houses' of Culture"


March 5, 2019

“Europe is a house where everybody is welcome”

Walter Zampieri, Head the unit for culture policy and intercultural dialogue at the European Commission, talks in the interview about the policy background of "European 'Houses' of Culture", what the long term vision of the project is - and why he is convinced that "houses" is an aptly chosen term for this project.

EUNIC in film


March 4, 2019

"UNIQUE EUNIC: EU Cultural Relations" now available as documentary

Twelve years after its creation, EUNIC has evolved into a global network and a strategic partner of the EU, delivering transnational collaborative projects. A new documentary features EUNIC's work for the first time in film. It is now available in three version of different length on the internet.

Second call of 2018


February 6, 2019

EUNIC Cluster Fund Call: Results published

For the October 2018 call EUNIC Global received a total of 27 applications for its internal instrument to support project implementation worldwide, the Cluster Fund. Twelve projects were chosen for funding.

A new project looking at innovative collaboration models


January 24, 2019

European ‘Houses’ of Culture launched

The project seeks to research and identify innovative collaboration models between EU actors and stakeholders in third countries. As a first step, the survey to find past and current models of collaboration has just been published.

EUNIC-EU partnership


September 30, 2018

Report on the EUNIC-EU relationship presented at Senior Officials Meeting in Linz, Austria

On 6 and 7 September 2018 an senior officials meeting was organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Linz. Experts on culture from EU Member States as well as from the European Commission and the European External Action Service took part. EUNIC Global presented the "Report on the current state of the partnership between EUNIC clusters and EU delegations".

EUNIC-EU Partnership


November 6, 2018

Report on the current state of the partnership between EUNIC clusters and EU Delegations

The Joint Communication drafted in 2016 and since adopted by both the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament proposed an ‘enhanced cooperation with Cultural Institutes through a new form of partnership between the EEAS, commission services, national cultural institutes and their umbrella organisation (EUNIC)’. This led to the signing of the administrative agreement between EUNIC and the EU, in May 2017.

EUNIC-EU to further enhance cooperation


June 1, 2017

Administrative arrangement signed between EUNIC and the European Union

On 16 May 2017, EUNIC and the European Union made a strong commitment in their working relationship towards an improved cooperation in the field of cultural activities, by the signing of an administrative agreement. The arrangement outlines joint principles, values and objectives for cooperation as well as practical arrangements for its implementation.