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EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is a European network of national cultural institutions with 36 members from all EU countries. EUNIC members work in the fields of culture, art, language, youth development, education, science, society, and multicultural dialogue and development. At a local level, EUNIC members connect in more than 100 clusters – in towns, regions, and nationwide – to work together on projects and programmes and to support the role of culture in internal and external relationships in the EU.  




Make culture count in foreign policy: EUNIC joint statement calls for continued support for cultural relations

The statement issued by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) highlights the contributions cultural relations can bring to a post-crisis global society and their value for a friendly and peaceful foreign policy. EUNIC members call on all actors to put cultural relations at the core of our efforts to combat the rippling effects of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect culture from budget cuts in the post-crisis financial frameworks and EU budgets for culture to be substantially increased.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a crushing effect on the work of international cultural relations. Artists and organisations, including EUNIC members, are severely affected by the abrupt discontinuation of their activities, which rely so heavily on people coming together to collaborate across borders. With all EU Member States dedicating a considerable amount of resources to cultural relations (EUNIC members have a combined budget of EUR 2.9 billion in 2019), maintaining world spanning networks of cultural institutes (more than 2,500 branches with more than 35,000 staff), cultural relations have been over decades a prominent tool in foreign policy. At the Online Members Assembly on 4 June 2020, EUNIC members pledged to continue to strengthen European cultural relations.

Roberto Vellano, President of EUNIC, said: “We will emerge from this crisis in a healthy way if we put cultural relations at the heart of our efforts to overcome it. Culture can generate a spirit of dialogue and global solidarity. This is what we call to mind.”

Gitte Zschoch, Director of EUNIC, added that “a joint EU foreign policy which gives adequate weight to cultural relations both in providing structures and finances is needed, and all actors involved – from the European Commission and the European External Action Service to EU Member States – need to work together in a coordinated approach.”

Read the full statement here.


Gitte Zschoch
EUNIC Director
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Tomáš Petříček, the Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, opens the exhibiton The Year of Miracles: Central Europe in 1989, which was prepared by Czech Centers in collaboration with the Prague EUNIC cluster and Korzo Narodni. 

Czech Centers has been a EUNIC member since 2006, the year the network was founded. EUNIC membership helps strengthen the prestige of the Czech Republic in international projects, and enables it to benefit from the exchange of expert knowledge and experience, and from funding from the network. The Czech Centers headquarters function as a Focal Point – a representative of member organisations in close co-operation on EUNIC activities. It informs local EUNIC members about what's happening in the EUNIC network and is the primary link between a given region/country and the Brussels office of EUNIC global. Focal Point contact.

EUNIC is run from the Brussels office of EUNIC Global and financed by the European Commission and the contributions of its own members. For more information about EUNIC, visit their website.


> The Role of Czech Centers HQ in EUNIC

Czech Centers HQ plays an important role within the EUNIC network. It acts as a Focal Point for the Czech Republic, and as such can organise international educational workshops, working closely with the Prague cluster, as well as contributing to a range of collaborative projects. 

Czech Centres as a Focal Point for the Czech Republic

Prague Cluster 


Projects of Czech Centers HQ

International Projects

Activities of EUNIC Global

EUNIC members – representatives of offices and presidents of clusters and directors of Czech Centers abroad





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Mgr. Jana Polívková Čepeláková
EUNIC Focal Point






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