The British Council creates opportunities for people worldwide by helping societies achieve change in education, skills, the public sector, civil society and justice. Working closely with governments, donors and businesses, we deliver value for money solutions that are both effective and sustainable.
The European Union (EU) is a strategic partner for the British Council both within the EU and globally. The EU Office acts as the global interface for our network of offices across the world with Brussels-based European Institutions and organisations working in the British Council’s main sectors and themes. Our role is to steer the successful development of partnership opportunities with the EU globally.
The British Council is a mandated body under Delegated Cooperation since 2011 and as such is recognised as an EU Member State Implementing Agency by the European Union. It is also a member of the Practitioners Network for European Development Cooperation (www.dev-practitioners.eu), whose goal is to improve and promote harmonised and joint activities between all the European actors, at the implementation level of European Development Aid.
The EU Office in Brussels interacts with the EU institutions at both programming and procurement levels under EU Development Cooperation. The Office also manages the British Council’s activities under EU Community programmes, working with – inter alia - DG Education and Culture, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG Home Affairs, DG Research and Innovation, DG Enterprise and DG Regional and Urban Policy.
Our role is to develop and maintain the British Council’s relationships with key representatives of Brussels-based European Institutions and organisations in order to:
- Share best practice in view of policy recommendations and development and cooperation programme design;
- Showcase the work of the British Council in key sectors of competence through advocacy workshops and events;
- Involve UK and other EU stakeholders in our in-country activities.