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 in Azerbaijan, Kolkata (India), Marseille (France) and Paraguay.
The General Assembly opened with a panel on fair collaboration in international cultural relations with Kateryna Botanova, Nan van Houte, Annemie Vanackere and moderator Jörgen Tjon a Fong co-organised by DutchCulture. It was the starting point for discussing the topic within in the network and it was decided to develop a toolkit for fair collaboration in international cultural relations for EUNIC. EUNIC heads further exchanged on the importance of EUNIC's main global financing instrument, the Cluster Fund, and raised an additional budget both for the call of 2019 as well as for next year. Moreover, EUNIC heads engaged in a workshop on the revision the EUNIC Strategic Framework, which will be tabled again at the General Assembly in June in Spain. Four new clusters were approved in Azerbaijan, Kolkata (India), Marseille (France) and Paraguay, enlarging the network to 120 clusters.
What is a EUNIC General Assembly?
All heads of EUNIC members attend the biannual 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.
Image: 'How to engage in fair international collaboration in arts and culture?', opening panel at the EUNIC General Assembly in Brussels with Kateryna Botanova, Nan van Houte, Annemie Vanackere and moderator Jörgen Tjon a Fong. Panel co-organised by DutchCulture / Photo: Pauline Caplet