EUNIC Brussels - Mission and Organization
EUNIC Brussels is the framework through which EU national cultural institutions, with a permanent presence in Belgium, together with their networks throughout Europe co-operate in the development and execution of uniquely multilateral cultural projects and initiatives. EUNIC Brussels’ activities compliment the national role and the cultural programs of its member institutes.
EUNIC Brussels is a project driven voluntary organization which reflects diversity in all its forms while at the same time recognizing the importance of Europe’s common cultural heritage. It organizes joint actions based on common European interests with the aim of deepening understanding and respect between people. EUNIC Brussels does not represent the interests of any specific cultural sector and its activities include projects in the arts, education, language, civil society among others.
Since its establishment in 1997 CICEB/EUNIC Brussels has enjoyed a close working relationship with the EU Commission and other EU institutions. It has successfully responded to calls for proposals with a wide range of culture related projects.
With its 18 member institutes and 15 languages EUNIC Brussels is itself a good example of European cultural cooperation. The presidency of EUNIC Brussels rotates annually as do the main officers. Currently the presidency is held by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the vice-presidencies by the Service culturel Ambassade de Pologne en Belgique and the Danish Cultural Institute.
Acknowledging today´s cultural challenges EUNIC Brussels is currently focusing on Intercultural Dialogue, Multilingualism and European Citizenship.
In 2006, EUNIC Brussels joined EUNIC Europe
This Europe wide network operates at two levels:
• EUNIC Heads´ level, consisting of the heads of national cultural institutions within the EU
• and local networks of EU national cultural institutes ("clusters") in capitals throughout the world.