European Union National Institutes for Culture

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European Union National Institutes for Culture
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Official languages English, French

The European Union National Institutes for Culture, (EUNIC),[1] is a network of the European national institutes for culture, engaged beyond their national borders and operating with a degree of autonomy from their governments. The EUNIC membership currently includes 32 organisations from 27 member states of the European Union. The total operating budget of the current EUNIC membership is 2.2 billion Euro per annum.

The purpose of EUNIC is to create effective partnerships and networks between the participating organisations, to improve and promote cultural diversity and understanding between European societies, and to strengthen international dialogue and co-operation with countries outside Europe.

EUNIC operates at two complementary levels. The first level consists of the Heads or Directors General of the national institutions. The second level comprises clusters of national institutions for culture, based in cities across the world, cooperating in common projects. As of October 8, 2014, there are more than 90 clusters or national networks worldwide.

EUNIC is managed by an annual meeting of the Heads of its member organisations. They elect from among themselves a President, a first Vice President and a second Vice President. Each holds the position for one year. Then the first Vice President (VP) becomes President, the second VP becomes the first VP and a new second VP is elected. The Presidents are supported by a team of three full-time staff on secondment from their organisations who manage the network and are the first points of contact.

Board members for 2014-2015:

Current members[2] of EUNIC (October 2014):

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