European Centre for Culture (ECC)

Centre européen de la culture (CEC)
Centro Europeo de la Cultura
Europäisches Kulturzentrum (EKZ)

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7 Oct 1950, Geneva (Switzerland), by Denis de Rougemont and Raymond Silva and under the auspices of European Movement International (EMI), following decision of the EM Congress, May 1948, The Hague (Netherlands), and as successor to Bureau d'études pour un Centre européen de la culture, set up Feb 1949. Also referred to as European Cultural Centre. Current statutes adopted 21 Mar 1986. Statutes revised 28 Mar 1996. Ceased to exist Dec 2001 due to lack of finance, with 'Euroateliers', the educational workshops on European citizenship and on democracy continue to take place. Revived when current statutes adopted 26 May 2003. Registered in accordance with Swiss Civil Code.


Identify the content of the common culture of Europeans in its unity and diversity; foster this cultural diversity in the united Europe; strengthen dialogue between European culture and the other cultures of the world; unite European cultural forces, providing a meeting place and means of coordination; study theoretical and practical problems posed by cultural pluralism; consider the interaction between tradition and innovation in the field of culture in the broadest sense; promote cultural exchanges with similar centres in other regions; promote dialogue between world cultures and on civic education.

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Main topics of interest: the ultimate aims and values of European culture; future of regions within a federated Europe; future of Europe in a changing world; federalist approach; East-West and trans-Atlantic inter-cultural dialogues; dialogue between cultures; historical and cultural studies; employment, unemployment and leisure. Main programmes: publications; support for 'Intercultures' (intercultural cooperation programmes); organization of 'Euroforums' and of 'Euroateliers' (educational workshops on European citizenship and on democracy); studies and research. Created or helped to create:

 • College of Europe, 1949, Bruges (Belgium);

 • European Festivals Association (EFA), 5 Dec 1951, Geneva (Switzerland), which the Centre manages;

 • European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), 15 Feb 1952, following European Cultural Conference, 1949, Lausanne (Switzerland), which subsequently became, 28 Sep 1954, Paris (France), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN);

 • European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), 1953, Geneva;

 • European Cultural Foundation (ECF), 16 Dec 1954, Geneva;

 • European Institute of the University of Geneva (IEUG), 1963, Geneva;

 • European Civic Education Campaign, 1960, directed by the European Communities from 1975 to 1980 and subsequently relaunched, 1986, by the Centre;

 • European Archives Centre (CAE), 10 July 1984, Geneva.


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Relations with 17 non-governmental organizations.
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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