EUNIC is the network of the European National Institutes for Culture. Formed in 2006, EUNIC is a recognised leader in cultural cooperation. EUNIC has 33 members from 27 EU Member States that are based in over 150 countries with over 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 94 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 simultaneously a network of partners and expertise, an operational network in charge of projects and an advocacy network.