In June 2016, the Joint Communication “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations” was adopted by the Commission and the EEAS. It called relevant EU stakeholders at all levels to join forces to ensure synergies in advancing cultural cooperation outside the EU. In this context, it proposed, inter alia, ‘enhanced cooperation with Cultural Institutes through a new form of partnership between the EEAS, Commission services, national cultural institutes and their umbrella organization (EUNIC)’.
The arrangement was signed at a joint ceremony on the 16th May by the EUNIC President Michael Metz Morch and Lotte Knudsen for the EEAS. The Deputy Director General of EAC Jens NYMAND-CHRISTENSEN, was represented at the ceremony by EAC Head of Unit Walter Zampieri. Click below for the full press release and administrative arrangement document and click here for a reader friendly overview 'Joint Communication in a nutshell'.