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					             Annual Report EUNIC Brussels 2007

Table of contents:

1.   EUNIC Brussels board
2.   Communication
3.   Relations with EU institutions
4.   Relations with EUNIC heads and clusters
5.   Projects




1. EUNIC Brussels board

Presidency:
– Lone Leth Larsen, director of the Danish Cultural Institute, from Jan 1 to Aug 31
– Margareta Hauschild, director of the Goethe-Institut, from Sep 1 to Dec 31

Vice Presidency:
– Margareta Hauschild, from Jan 1 to Aug 31
– Pia Luisa Bianco, director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, from Sep 1 to Oct 15
– György Petöcz, director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute, from Oct 15 to Dec 31

Treasurer 2007:
– Giuseppe De Gregorio, on behalf of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Coordinator:
– Filipe Pinto da Silva from Jan 1 to Sept 30
– Carolin Michels from Oct 1 to Nov 28
– Nadine Tischer from Nov 29 to Dec 31



2. Communication

Head of Communication group until June 2007: Irma Hjelt, Director Finnish Cultural Institute
Activities:
– Securing Web domains for EUNIC-Europe and EUNIC-European Capitals
– Support for the EUNIC website launch in the British Council in February 2007

Head of Communication group from June 2007: Sandra Kowald, Director Österreichisches
Kulturforum Brüssel
Activities:
– dealing with the set-up of the EUNIC Brussels website (www.eunic-brussels.eu) and the
   production of further communication tools such as information folders and banners for
   events
– working on a new EUNIC Brussels logo and its use (EUNIC members agreed to offer their
   communication channels to make EUNIC and its activities more visible)
– establishing relations with the media




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3. Relations with EU institutions

a) Participation in consultations
EUNIC Brussels participated in the Commission’s Consultation on Multilingualism in October
2007. The working group (Nigel Bellingham, Gaelle Le Breton, Margareta Hauschild)
prepared comments concerning three questions:
– The purpose of language learning
– Language teaching and learning
– Languages in a multicultural society

Following its participation in this consultation EUNIC Brussels was invited to a public hearing
on Multilingualism on April 15, 2008.


b) Participation in calls for Proposals

– July 31, 2007: Alter Ego
Call under the “European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008” of the European Commission.
Result: ALTER EGO is chosen as one out of 7 Europe-wide flagship projects and is supported
with the sum of € 400.000 by the European Commission.

– October 1, 2007: 50 years of European Parliament
EUNIC proposal submitted under the EU call to celebrate 50 years of European Parliament.
Result: proposal not accepted.

– October 12, 2007: European Union Prize of Literature
Call under the Culture 2007–2013 programme.
Result: The EUNIC Amsterdam and EUNIC Brussels proposal for the first time ever EU Prize
for Literature was assessed positively, just like seven other proposals. However, the EU
Commission decided to reject all of the eight proposals and to launch a new call in the first
half of 2008.

– November 5, 2007: 1st application for structural support (“Culture” programme)
EUNIC Brussels applied for structural funding (€ 16.353) within the European Commission’s
“Culture” programme. An answer is expected for April/May 2008. If EUNIC Brussels wins a
structural support grant within the “Culture” programme and accepts it, all indirect costs
received for 2008 within other calls will have to be paid back to the European Commission (€
9.245 Alter Ego), and EUNIC Brussels will have to deliver a 2008 work programme as
detailed in the application for structural support.

– November 23, 2007: 2nd and 3rd application for structural support (“Europe for Citizens”)
EUNIC Brussels also applied for structural funding both for 2008 only (€ 60.000) and,
alternatively, for a two year partnership within the European Commission’s “Europe for
Citizens” programme (also € 60.000 for 2008). The answer is also expected for April/May
2008. Only one of the three applications for structural support may be accepted. If EUNIC
Brussels wins a structural support grant under the “Europe for Citizens” programme, the
consequences are similar to those explained above.




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c) Participation in conferences organized by the Commission, the committees,
countries holding the EU presidency, etc.

– January 29, 2007: Information Day on EAC’s LifeLongLearning Programme; participation
  of different EUNIC Brussels members
– April 17, 2007: Margareta Hauschild is invited to present EUNIC Brussels’
  recommendations for Multilingualism in Europe at the Committee of the Regions
  Conference in Bolzano, Alto Adige, Italy
– June 26, 2007: Information Day on DG EAC’s Communication on Culture (published on
  May 10); participation of different EUNIC Brussels members
– September 9, 2007: Information Day on EAC’s Culture Programme; participation of
  different EUNIC Brussels members
– September 21, 2007: EAC Conference “Languages mean Business”; participation of
  different EUNIC Brussels members
– September 26, 2007: Margareta Hauschild is invited to Commissioner Orban’s press
  conference and workshop for coordinators under the Socrates-Lingua Programme in her
  function as coordinator of the EU co-funded project “Fairytales before Take-Off”
– September 26, 2007: Margareta Hauschild is invited to speak at a conference on the Day
  of Languages organized by DG Translation (further speakers: Commissioner Orban; David
  Graddol, Freelance Consultant, author of “English Next”, a publication commissioned by
  the British Council; Reine Meylaerts, Leuven University)
– September 26–27, 2007: Lone Leth Larsen represents EUNIC Brussels at the Lisbon
  Cultural Forum



d) Briefing of Cultural Attachés

For the first time a meeting took place between members of EUNIC Brussels and cultural
attachés of both bilateral embassies and permanent representations to the EU. This meeting,
held in the premises of the Goethe-Institut, served as a platform for the discussion of
potential co-operation between EUNIC and the cultural attachés based in Brussels.

Participants:
– Representatives of 13 EUNIC Brussels members
– Representatives from the following bilateral embassies: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Spain,
Sweden, The Netherlands
– Representatives from the following permanent representations: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech
Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Slovak Republic, Switzerland

Results:
– Very positive feedback by the participants
– It was agreed to meet at least once a year
– Inclusion of the Swiss permanent representation and the Bulgarian Embassy in EUNIC
  Brussels’ Immigrant Literature Conference on April 24, 2008; inclusion of various
  permanent representations and bilateral embassies in the European Parliament film
  programme on the Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008




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4. Relations with EUNIC heads and clusters

a) February 21–22, 2007: EUNIC Presidency & Cluster Heads Meeting, Leuven

On February 21, Sir David Green, EUNIC President, launched the EUNIC website at a press
conference held and prepared by the British Council in Brussels. Addresses were held by Sir
David Green and Odile Quintin (DG EAC); Jonathan Brennan (British Council Brussels
webmaster) introduces the EUNIC website. The launch was followed by a buffet lunch.

On the afternoon of February 21 and all of February 22, the EUNIC heads and cluster heads,
as well as the EUNIC Brussels Directors attended the first cluster heads meeting in Leuven at
the Louvain Institute’s premises. Vladimir Sucha, Director of Culture at EAC, attended the
meeting as well, and presented the plans for the 2008 Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

Results:
– Decisions on how to proceed with the EUNIC website
– Summer Academy from National Cultural Institutes to be organized in the summer of
  2008 by Hans-Georg Knopp (Head of the Goethe-Institut)
– EUNIC Standard Charter for clusters to be prepared by the presidency
– Next EUNIC cluster meeting planned for the end of the year, to be announced by
  Ambassador Emil Brix, next EUNIC President as of April 1, 2007.

Participating heads:
Sir David Green, Dr. Hans-Georg Knopp, Finn Andersen, Sakari Lehmuskallio, Mario Hirsch,
Institut Pierre Werner, Luxembourg
Participating cluster heads:
Joachim Umlauf, EUNIC Amsterdam; Eleftherios Ikonomou; Ronald Graetz, EUNIC Portugal;
James Kennedy, EUNIC Moscow; Lone Leth Larsen, EUNIC Brussels as well as EUNIC
Brussels Directors



b) March 9, 2007: The Hague conference

Participation of EUNIC Brussels members in the conference “Diversity makes the Difference –
European Foreign Policy and Culture” (Peace Palace, The Hague). The Conference took place
under the umbrella of the German EU presidency and was organised by EUNIC Amsterdam in
co-operation with the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the Dutch Service for
International Cultural Activities (SICA). Speakers included Ján Figel’ (European Commissioner
for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Sport), Sean Doyle (Strategic Director, DG
External Relations), David Green (then President of EUNIC and Director General of the British
Council), Wolfgang Petritsch (former High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office at
Geneva) and Gijs de Vries (EU's anti-terrorism coordinator). The various panel discussions
and the debate they generated ultimately led to a set of 'Hague Recommendations' (a set of
practical policy proposals).




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c) June 15, 2007: EUNIC Heads Meeting, Vienna

Lone Leth Larsen represented EUNIC Brussels at the Vienna meeting.
Most important results:
– EUNIC Brussels together with Marie Christine Saragosse, Head of the Cultural Department
  at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are charged to work together on a EUNIC
  proposal for the 2008 Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
– The EUNIC Presidency presented a Standard Charter to the clusters.



d) December 2–3, 2007: EUNIC Presidency & Cluster Heads Meeting, Belgrade

Margareta Hauschild represented EUNIC Brussels at the Belgrade meeting.
Most important results:
– The expansion of both the EUNIC heads’ membership and the EUNIC clusters worldwide
  is impressive. There were about 23 EUNIC members and about 20 EUNIC clusters.
– The Standard Charter had been accepted or slightly modified by all of the EUNIC clusters,
  however the membership of national cultural institutes and ministries or departments of
  embassies were vividly discussed.
– The EUNIC website should foresee an intranet for internal communication.
– All of the EUNIC cluster heads presented their project planning for 2008.



5. Projects

a) March 22, 2007: Wider forum meeting “Language and Identity: the case for
   Multilingualism”

– Participating EUNIC Brussels institutes:
  Finnish Cultural Institute, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut
– Coordinating institute: British Council
– Further partners: Committee of the Regions

Output: An open meeting was held as the final part of a longer workshop on “Language and
Identity: the case for multilingualism” organised by the British Council. 27 participants from 9
European countries were set the objective to explore the concept of multi-lingualism and
how the learning of languages can be best promoted in the EU context. The event was held
at the Committee of the Regions who provided their venue. It brought together an unusually
wide range of professional backgrounds consisting of teachers, policy makers, academics and
business people, which made this an unusual and stimulating event.

Speakers gave summary statements on:
    A proposal for a European Institute for Language Education (particularly well
      received)
    Training Teachers for Multilingual Classrooms
    A partnership strategy between Education, Business and Government to promote
      minority languages in the work place
    Marketing of Language Learning

Among the speakers was Dorothy Senez, European Commission DG Education and Culture
section Multilingualism, whose role it was to respond to the proposals and to give views on
where the European Commission could act. She announced that her DG was planning a two
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million Euro information campaign to encourage language learning and said that she was
very pleased to hear the detail of the proposals. She noted strong overlap with the European
Commission’s plans for a campaign and participants’ desire to market language learning
much more actively.
The 60–70 people audience consisted of representatives of the European Commission DG
Education and Culture, DG Multilingualism, Committee of the Regions, Council of the
European Union, representatives of ministries of Education, different EU permanent
representations, university representatives, UK and other Regional offices based in Brussels.
As the language & identity seminar demonstrated, representatives from the academic,
practitioner and employer sectors worked well together and came up with creative solutions
to promote and deliver language learning opportunities.


b) March 26, 2007: Conference “Visual Arts & Politics”

– Participating EUNIC Brussels institutes:
  Austrian Cultural Forum, Danish Cultural Institute, Finnish Cultural Institute, Hungarian
  Cultural Institute, Italian Institute.
– Coordinating institute: Goethe-Institut
– Further partners: De Markten, Deutscher Bundestag, Auswärtiges Amt
– Sponsors: EnBW (Energie Baden-Württemberg)

Output: The international conference „Visual Arts & Politics in Europe“ was initiated by
EUNIC Brussels in co-operation with the Flemish cultural centre De Markten. It consisted of
an afternoon workshop of experts (moderated by EUNIC Brussels president Lone Leth
Larsen, Danish Cultural Institute and EUNIC Brussels vice president Margareta Hauschild,
Goethe-Institut) followed by a public panel discussion in the evening.
Twelve European artists, curators, academics and representatives of the European
Commission discussed the various and often complicated interdependencies between visual
arts and politics. Renowned curators like Catherine David (France), Enrico Lunghi
(Luxemburg), Gerald Matt (Austria), Andreas Kaernbach and Marie-Louise von Plessen (both
Germany) explored the relationship between their own personal experiences and politics.
Exceptional artists like Oliviero Toscani (Italy), Lars Kraemmer (Denmark), Ralf Schmerberg
and Jens Liebchen (both Germany) reflected on their own careers. Some of them found
themselves embroiled in political discussion because of their work, while others felt they
were entirely untouched by politics. Two art historians – Péter György (Hungary) and
Annamari Vänskä (Finland) – considered the various points of view and placed them in a
broader historical context.
Vladimir Sucha (Belgium) described the point of view of the European Commission, which led
to a robust debate particularly with curators. Questions of public funding for art and the
political responsibility of artists, curators and the distributors of public funds were also
discussed in detail. The afternoon discussions formed the basis for the evening public panel
discussion featuring Oliviero Toscani, Catherine David, Marie-Louise von Plessen and Gerald
Matt with 200 people present (Moderator: Dirk Snauwaert).
The conference was organised so as to coincide with the exhibition “Kunst & Politik” in the
Flemish cultural centre De Markten. This exhibition was organised by Goethe-Institute
Brussels and its partners and consisted of selected works from the art collection of the
German Bundestag. The conference and the exhibition were made possible by a generous
contribution of Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.




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c) September 26, 2007: Multilingual storytelling marathon

– Participating EUNIC Brussels institutes:
  Alliance Française, British Council, Danish Cultural Institute, deBuren, Finnish Cultural
  Institute, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Istituto Italiano, The Louvain Institute for
  Ireland in Europe, Österreichisches Kulturforum, Romanian Information Centre
– Coordinating institutes: deBuren, Goethe-Institut
– Further partner: Pantalone
– Sponsors: AMC Gallery, Kassel, Germany

Output: On the European Day of Languages, EUNIC Brussels organized with Pantalone, a
Flemish Children music culture centre, a multilingual storytelling marathon in Brussels.
To celebrate the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, thirteen storytellers from twelve
European countries entertained us with stories of love and hate, of discovery and
compassion, together or individually, each in their own language. The goal was to discover
the variety and sounds of the European languages and the different fairy tale versions in the
individual countries.
The storytelling marathon was accompanied by an exhibition sponsored by the AMC Gallery.



d) October 4–6, 2007: Conference: “The multicultural library: a necessity in a
   creative and tolerant society” (Mechelen)

– Participating EUNIC Brussels institutes: Danish Cultural Institute, Goethe-Institut
– Coordinating institute: Goethe-Institut Amsterdam
– Further partners: VCOB (Vlaams Centrum voor Openbare Bibliotheken), VOB (Vereniging
  Openbare Bibliotheken)
– Sponsors: None

Output: Participation of EUNIC Brussels members in the conference “The multicultural
library: a necessity in a creative and tolerant society” (Mechelen). The Conference was
organised by Goethe-Institute Amsterdam in co-operation with the Vlaams Centrum voor
Openbare Bibliotheken (VCOB) and the Dutch Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken (VOB).
EUNIC Brussels presented an information stand with EUNIC Brussels flyers and additional
material during an open “info market” on October 5th. The information stand was welcomed
both by the organisers of the conference and by the visiting public (mostly librarians).




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