The British Council’s mission is to build trust and opportunity globally. Since our establishment in 1934, partnership and mutuality has been at the heart of everything we do. This continues across our current and future work. For us in Brussels, the EU institutions and EU Members States continue to be key partners for cooperation.
The British Council is member of 3 European networks: the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation, EUNIC (EU national institutes for Culture) for international cultural cooperation and Campus France/DAAD/Nuffic for research and higher education.
Working with the EU
The British Council has been an EU Pillar Assessed organisation by the EU for the last 10 years, a status which enables continuous collaboration with the EU at policy and programming levels across all programmes and instruments.
The current portfolio with the EU amounts to around € 280 million globally across our areas of expertise in education, culture, and open and inclusive societies.
British Council EU Office
The EU Office is the representation of the British Council towards the EU institutions and the global interface for Brussels-based European and international organisations. Our role is to steer the successful development of partnerships with the EU and European partners globally.
We engage in Brussels by :
- Contributing to the policy dialogue with our research and insight, and exchanges on UK good practices with our partners and EU institutions
- Engaging in co-designing programmes with our partners and EU institutions
- Convening UK and European partners to deliver high quality programmes in partner countries