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EUNIC NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2018
Dear colleagues,

Are you new to EUNIC? Never really got what EUNIC is all about? Join us for the next webinar on 22 November (sign up for it here). We will be offering webinars on a monthly basis. In December, we will introduce good practice projects from all over the world for inspiration (registration also open via link), and in January, we'll give you a boost of motivation with "The top 5 challenges of working with EUNIC ... and how to tackle them."

Our energy is currently focused on the next General Assembly. In June and December, heads of all member organisations meet up to discuss how to move EUNIC forward. We will be conferencing in Brussels at the new museum Kanal - Centre Pompidou.

Enjoy reading!


Gitte Zschoch, Director of EUNIC Global
MEET THE PEOPLE OF EUNIC: LUCIE ŘEHOŘÍKOVÁ, HEAD OF CZECH CENTRE KYIV, UKRAINE
Lucie Řehoříková has been working at the Czech Centre in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine, for more than four years. In the interview, she talks about why Europe should not forget about Ukraine, what she learned from working with EUNIC, and her current favourite Ukrainian film "Donbass" by Sergei Loznitsa. Before arriving in Ukraine, Lucie worked in Uzbekistan. 
JUST PUBLISHED: REPORT ON THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN EUNIC CLUSTERS AND EU DELEGATIONS
Where in the world are EUNIC clusters actively collaborating with EU delegations? What factors guarantee the success of such joint initiatives? What obstacles are to overcome? These were some of the questions at the heart of an investigation by a team of EUNIC Global and the European External Action Service (EEAS) staff. They interviewed colleagues from clusters and delegations. From Brazil to the Ukraine, from Japan to Senegal, 14 places were covered.

The most important recommendations - EUNIC Global is working especially on the first one currently - from the report are:
  • the need for better information and guidance on such partnerships,
  • the need for training on cultural relations, and
  • the need for a better financial instrument to finance such cooperations. 
Find the full report here.
DID YOU KNOW?
EUNIC signed a partnership agreement with the European Commission - represented by the cultural section - and the European External Action Service in May 2017. Find out more about this partnership here.  
REMINDER: CLUSTER FUND CALL OPEN UNTIL 2 DECEMBER
TangoMed, a workshop on dance therapy in Diyarbakir as part of the Turkish-European project Spaces of Culture. Photo: Tamer Pınar
Applications for the Cluster Fund can be submitted until 2 December 2018. The maximum grant is set at 10.000 Euros which can represent up to 50 percent of the total budget. The theme is open. Find all the details about the call here. Listen to the recorded webinar on the Cluster Fund call here
TAKE US TO ... ATHENS: THE CULTURE OF INTEGRATION
How can newly arrived people to the European Union become well integrated? In recent years, Greece has been one of the first points of contact within the European Union for people from many different backgrounds. The EUNIC cluster in Athens looked at what culture can offer in this respect, and designed the project “The Culture of Integration” which presented artistic and educational activities in refugee camps and beyond. Kouzinia Katramadou, EUNIC focal point to Greece, in an interview gives insight into the project and the skepticism received. Read the full interview here
CALENDAR: WHAT EUNIC GLOBAL IS UP TO IN NOVEMBER
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DEVCO seminar on culture, Brussels EUNIC will be exchanging with colleagues from EU delegations working in the field of cooperation and development.

EYCH stakeholders meeting in Leipzig, Germany EUNIC Global Director Gitte Zschoch will attend the European Year Cultural Heritage Stakeholders meeting. She will present projects supported by the Cluster Fund dedicated to cultural heritage in a pitching session.

EUNIC Focal Points meeting in Brussels We are meeting with colleagues working in our members' headquarters who focus on EUNIC issues, the so called focal points. We will mainly discuss items planned for the General Assembly.
  
Conference "Rethinking the Euro-Mediterranean cultural partnership" in Tunis, Tunisia Commissioner Hahn (European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) is inviting cultural experts from Europe and countries of the Middle East and North Africa to discuss cultural cooperation. The Tfanen project will be presented at this meeting and Gitte Zschoch will talk about EUNIC's strategic partnership with EU institutions.

EUNIC webinar: New to EUNIC? Want to know what it's all about? Join this webinar with director Gitte Zschoch (new to EUNIC Global ;) to learn about what EUNIC is, how it works, and how you can engage with it. 15:00 Brussels time (CET). Sign up for it here.

EUNIC regional cluster meeting in Bogota, Colombia Colleagues working in clusters in Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to discuss EUNIC issues and future projects. One session is again dedicated to a joint meeting with staff from EU delegations.
SEEN ELSEWHERE: SWEDEN'S OWN SUPPORT FUND TO CLUSTER PROJECTS
The Swedish Institute has created a EUNIC toolkit to support colleagues abroad that seek to engage with their local EUNIC clusters. The toolkit explains what EUNIC is, how it works, and gives the opportunity to ask for additional funding for EUNIC cluster projects, currently up to about 3,800 Euros. Jerker Sundstrand, EUNIC focal point at Swedish Institute, explains the effects of this focus on EUNIC: "We don't have cultural institutes abroad but act through embassy staff, who are often not familiar with EUNIC and don't have a large cultural budget. Since the EUNIC financial support toolkit has been launched earlier this year, we have noticed an increased interest from Swedish embassies not only to apply, but also to become active cluster members themselves." Find out more about this toolkit here.
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Projected total EUNIC Global budget in 2018. EUNIC runs mainly on the contributions of its members. The four largest ones contribute 40,000 Euros annually, whereas the 15 smallest members pay 1,150 Euros a year. The total of 340,000 of members' contributions is spent primarily on the running costs of the Brussels office: rent, office equipment, phone bills, and salaries. A grant from the Creative Europe programme of the EU which particularly supports European networks adds around 300,000 Euros per year. This enables EUNIC to organise cluster meetings, knowledge sharing workshops, and other activities. Members' contributions to the Cluster Fund, currently around 120,000 Euros yearly, are voluntary.
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