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EUNIC NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2019
Dear colleagues,

2019 will see a lot of change for EUNIC starting with some new editions to our team and a new project to be delivered. We would like to give a warm welcome to our new staff member Robert Kieft, who is joining us from our Dutch member, DutchCulture, where he has served as EUNIC Focal Point for the last five years. He will be managing a new project that EUNIC has been granted by the European Commission, the so-called European 'Houses' for Culture. We also welcome Roxane Schavoir as project officer. Roxane has done a fantastic job in assisting cluster management in the last year. We are happy to have both new team members on board!

The EUNIC Global team wishes you all an excellent start into the new year.

Gitte Zschoch
Director of EUNIC Global
MEET THE PEOPLE OF EUNIC: ROBERT KIEFT, EUNIC GLOBAL
Interview with Robert Kieft
EUNIC Global has been granted a new project by the European Commission, European 'Houses' of Culture - a project that will implicate clusters and members in a new way and for the first time will also partner with EU Delegations and local actors. Robert Kieft, project manager at EUNIC Global, talks in the video about what the project is and also about what it is not. Before he joined EUNIC, Robert worked for eight years at DutchCulture where he was responsible for contributing to the Dutch cultural strategy on Europe, the Creative Europe Desk and Europe for Citizens Point, and where he also coordinated the Dutch EUNIC cluster.  
NEW PROJECT LAUNCHED: EUROPEAN 'HOUSES' OF CULTURE
Walter Zampieri from the cultural department of the European Commission (DG EAC; left) and EUNIC president Augustin Favereau raising a glass to the official launch of European 'Houses' of Culture
At the General Assembly in December, EUNIC launched the project European 'Houses' of Culture. This preparatory action is initiated by the European Parliament to test and implement innovative collaboration models between European actors, that is EUNIC members and EU Delegations, and local cultural stakeholders in countries outside of the European Union. The outcome is to help deliver the EU approach to international cultural relations. EUNIC Global manages the project and of course will work closely together with all EUNIC members, both at heads and at cluster level. Expect us to reach out soon for you to get involved! Read more about the project and its timeline at eunicglobal.eu/partners
Learn how clusters can get involved in the new project
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF EUNIC MEMBERS HELD IN BRUSSELS
The General Assembly kicked off with a panel discussion on "Culture in EU external relations" with cultural manager Ayokoh Mensah, Aida Liha Matejicek from the Development Directorate at the European Commission, and Gijs de Vries, a cultural relations expert and former politician from the Netherlands (from the left).
Heads of EUNIC members meet twice yearly for General Assemblies. In December the group gathered at KANAL - Centre Pompidou, a new arts and community project in Brussels. On the agenda was the official launch of the new project "European 'Houses' of Culture" and an extensive workshop on EUNIC members' engagement in this project, a progress report on EUNIC's partnership with the EU and the current editing of "Joint Guidelines" to further define this partnership, as well as updates from EUNIC's flagship projects "Tfanen" in Tunisia and a new project in Ukraine. Other items included the approval of new clusters (a warm welcome to Belarus, Cuba, and Kenya) and the usual housekeeping items of the EUNIC budget, communications and an outlook at EUNIC activities for the next six months. The next EUNIC General Assembly will take place on the 13 and 14 of June in Rome.

A full report including the conclusions of the Assembly is currently being approved by members. It will be dispersed to cluster presidents at the beginning of February and will also be published on eunicglobal.eu/members under "General Assembly".
LEARN MORE ABOUT EUNIC
Need a boost of motivation for your work with EUNIC? Sign up for our next webinar on "The top 5 challenges of working with EUNIC ... and how to tackle them" on January 22 at 10 am Brussels time (CET). And if you have a new colleague who just joined your local EUNIC cluster, let them know about this opportunity!
Sign up for the next EUNIC webinar
TAKE US TO ... SOFIA: "EUROPE IS ABOUT LEARNING"
What does the future of Europe look like? And how can culture shape this future? On occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EUNIC organised a series of “Cultural Panels” in Sofia. Rumen Petrov, senior lecturer at the New Bulgarian University and one of the creators of the series, talks about why cultural institutes need to focus more on learning from each other, and how one can be together and still have different opinions. Read the full interview here. Find more information on the project on goethe.de/sofia.
CALENDAR: WHAT EUNIC GLOBAL IS UP TO IN JANUARY
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Project workshop with local cluster, Tunis Cluster members in Tunisia are exchanging on the next phase of their cooperation with the EU delegation and extension of the "Tfanen" project. EUNIC Global director Gitte Zschoch is attending.

EUNIC webinar: The top 5 challenges of working with EUNIC ... and how to tackle them Join this webinar to boost your motivation to work with EUNIC at 10 am Brussels time (CET). Reserved for colleagues working in clusters. Sign up here.
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We occupy two offices which we are renting from the Centre for Fine Arts, our wonderful host Bozar, conveniently located in the heart of Brussels. According to our contract, each room is 47 square meters. However being the investigative researchers that you know us for, we measured them ourselves and can confirm that the actual office space is 73 square meters. We are currently six staff members, expecting to be seven next month with the European Houses of Culture project kicking off. This amounts to 10 square meters per person ... a bit tight. Are there any larger spaces for EUNIC headquarters on the horizon?

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