Who We Are
EUNIC is the network of the European national institutes for culture. Formed in 2006, EUNIC is a recognised leader in cultural cooperation. EUNIC has 31 members from 26 countries that are based in over 150 countries with more than 2,000 branches and thousands of local partners. The members work in the arts, language, youth, education, science, intercultural dialogue and development sectors. EUNIC network is based on open cooperation and works in a bottom up NGO-style with a compact, independent and flexible administration.
On the local level, EUNIC members join together in clusters to collaborate on common projects and initiatives. Clusters can unite members in a country, region or city, depending on the density of local members. At present there are 88 clusters established in Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, North America/South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
EUNIC’s mission is to promote European values and to contribute to cultural diversity inside and outside of the EU through collaboration between European cultural institutes. EUNIC’s aim is to expand the role of culture in Europe and to strengthen cultural dialogue, exchange and sustainable cooperation worldwide.
EUNIC is the vital partner for international cultural affairs, because of its special expertise and world-spanning network. Serving as competence pool and think tank for European institutions EUNIC complements EU initiatives and activities in the field of Culture.
EUNIC projects contribute to connecting culture with such key areas as development, ecology, conflict prevention and conflict resolution. The projects also foster innovation and development of creative economies.
Taken together, EUNIC is:
- An active network implementing shared projects directly or through its members and clusters
- A learning network sharing ideas and practices between members and other stakeholders
- A partnering network developing partnerships with like-minded organisations
- An advocacy network raising awareness and effectiveness of building cultural relationships between people worldwide
What we do
EUNIC members come together in varied groupings to develop common projects.
Examples of several years of project and mapping work are grouped in the following focus themes:
- EUNIC MENA project, supporting development of creative sectors in the MENA region
- EUNIC China Dialogue, strengthening cultural cooperation between Europe and China
- Multilingualism projects: Poliglotti4.eu – The Multilingual Online Language Observatory, Language Rich Europe and European and Literature Night
- Actions and initiatives aiming at convincing political actors of importance of culture in external relations: More Europe initiative and Preparatory Action on Culture in the EU External Relations
- Activities related to culture as integral component of development and conflict resolution initiatives
More information about EUNIC projects and activities can be found here
How we do it
EUNIC member institute work at arm’s length from policy makers with key competence 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, a president and two vice presidents, elected for a period of one year, administer EUNIC. The Heads of national cultural institutes meet twice yearly in General Assembly. A Global Office in Brussels composed by the director, a network and communication officer and a MENA programme coordinator, implements their policy and decisions.
- In Member States and third countries, local networks called clusters bring together local European cultural institutes who volunteer to take part. To date, 88 clusters have been formed. The clusters organise a large number of events including conferences, festivals and debates, sometimes with the support of the European delegations. Examples include projects such as European Literature Night, European Languages Day as well as larger initiatives such as the EUNIC China dialogue and the regional project MENA.
EUNIC coordinates the network of clusters and supports their projects or fundraising efforts:
- A support in form of a cluster fund for projects carried out by clusters
- Regional meetings of clusters are organised every two years to provide an opportunity for regional exchanges and pooling of resources
- On-going European fund-raising 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