EUNIC member institutes work at arm’s length from policy makers with key competences in language and culture. They also ensure a high level of impact for collective EUNIC actions on behalf of the EC, thereby aiding the Commission in its mission. Through its member institutions and their senior leadership, EUNIC has direct access to the leading institutes and experts of the European cultural sector.
EUNIC operates at two levels:
- At the central level, EUNIC is administered by a President, Vice-President and four ordinary board members eletcted by the EUNIC General Assembly that meets twice a year. EUNIC board is supported by the EUNIC Global office and its 5 full-time employees.
- In Member States and third countries, local networks called "clusters" bring together local European cultural institutes who volunteer to take part. To date, 100 clusters have been formed. The clusters organise a large number of activities, often with the support of the European Delegations.
EUNIC coordinates the network of clusters and supports their projects or fundraising efforts:
- A support fund for cluster - EUNIC Cluster Fund
- Regional meetings of clusters are organised every two years to provide an opportunity for regional exchanges and pooling of resources.
- On-going European fundraising support through pooling of the support functions of cultural institutes, monitoring of European financing and the introduction of training in drawing up European funding application files.