European Cultural Foundation

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2.25 Fte (3)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Cultural Foundation   (ECF)

    EU Transparency Register

    48891989251-14 First registered on 31 Jul 2012

    Goals / Remit

    European Cultural Foundation is an independent foundation based in the Netherlands founded in 1954 and operating across Europe for 65+ years. ECF's vision is that the connecting power of culture is essential for creating open, inclusive and democratic societies, and as such is invaluable for building Europe. We promote a European sentiment through developing and supporting cultural initiatives that let us share, experience and imagine Europe. We initiate and support cultural exchange and creative expression across wider Europe. ECF shares and connects knowledge across the European cultural sector, and advocates for arts and culture on all levels of political decision-making. We link policy and practice, to act as catalysts for artistic and cultural expression and to have a concrete impact on European cultural policies and strategies. We do this through our programmes, grants, advocacy, publications and digital platforms. Since 2020 we developed the Culture of Solidarity fund.

    Main EU files targeted

    EU policies in culture and creative industries, European Agenda for Culture; Sustainable and inclusive mobility of artists and cultural professionals; European Public Sphere and inclusive media; EU policies in the EU Neighbourhood; Regional policy, Urban Agenda for the EU, Digital agenda, copyrights, Impact assessment and evaluation of EU programmes (social and economic impact) Culture in EU External Relations is a particular field where ECF has been involved in think tanking, research and informing EU institutions.


    Head Office
    Jan van Goyenkade, 5
    Amsterdam 1075HN
    EU Office
    Jan van Goyenkade, 5
    Amsterdam 1075HN


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 29 Sep 2023

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Andre WILKENS 21 Aug 2019 21 Aug 2020
    Ms Marjolein Cremer 06 Apr 2019 12 Sep 2019
    Ms Tsveta Andreeva 05 Apr 2019 04 Apr 2020
    Ms Isabelle Schwarz 05 Apr 2019 04 Apr 2020
    Ms Tsveta Andreeva 24 Feb 2018 23 Feb 2019
    Ms Katherine Watson 23 Apr 2015 21 Apr 2016
    Ms Isabelle Schwarz 05 Mar 2015 03 Mar 2016
    Ms Tsveta Andreeva 04 Dec 2014 02 Dec 2015
    Ms Marjolein Cremer 04 Dec 2014 02 Dec 2015
    Ms Marjolein Cremer 04 Oct 2012 01 Aug 2013
    Ms Tsveta Andreeva 03 Oct 2012 01 Aug 2013
    Ms Isabelle Schwarz 03 Oct 2012 01 Aug 2013

    Complementary Information

    ECF staff is in total 26 FTE (by January 2022)

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    By 2022 ECF is an active member of:
    Philea - Philanthropy Europe Association (former European Foundation Center) - international network of foundations, philanthropic organisations and networks working for the common good.
    European cultural networks: Culture Action Europe, Europa Nostra & European Heritage Alliance; On the Move - the international network for information on cultural mobility;
    Think tanks: European Policy Center (EPC), Friends of Europe
    Other Philanthropic initiatives: Edge Europe, Dutch philanthropy associations Goede Doelen Nederland & FIN.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year


    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds 4,674,203€
    Grant EU/FPI Cultural Relations Platform 24,100€
    Grant Creative Europe (Cultural Creative Places and Cities project) 38,690€
    Grant Creative Europe (i-Portunus House) 749,900€

    Major contributions in current year

    Grant DG CNECT (Migrants and Media) 300,000€
    Grant EU/FPI Cultural Relations Platform 14,400€
    Grant Horizon Europe CSA CrAFt 202,312€

    Other financial info

    Full details on ECF's financial incomes and expenditures, audited annual accounts, balance sheet etc. for the last closed financial year (2021) are in the publicly available Annual and Financial Report 2021:

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)

    Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG)

    Other activities

    ECF advocates for an inclusive, democratic, open and creative Europe, we believe in the change-making power of culture for achieving this.
    The Global pandemic, led us to join forces on a Cultural Deal for Europe (#CulturalDealEU) and to promote further the EP resolution proposal for 2% of the EU Resilience and Recovery Funds for Culture.
    Our current strategy (2020-2025) "Amsterdam Manifesto for Europe" stipulates: What can culture do? Culture must be free. Europe should stand and fight for cultural freedom in Europe and worldwide. Living our values is the best way of defending them. Culture can create spaces for European experience. Culture can provide the spaces that are needed for exchanging diverging views. Culture can break up filter bubbles. Public debate can mitigate the increasing polarisation in society. Culture can bring people together across borders. Culture can celebrate Europe’s diversity. Culture can imagine better Europe and build European identities. Culture can tell the story of Europe.
    Together with Culture Action Europe in 2019 we launched a pre-elections campaign addressed to current and future MEPs for more inclusive and culturally aware candidates and political manifestos. We continue advocating for 1% for culture in the next MFF.
    ECF's Advocacy Agenda is implies concrete demands for influencing a long term vision on culture as an intrinsic European value, embedded in policies and actions by the European Union and its members.
    Our Democracy Needs Imagination grants in 2019 reached out all European continent supporting innovative actions for reinventing and re-imagining democracy through culture.

  • Meetings


    5 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 28 Feb 2023 Location Brussels
      Subject Initiatives of the European Cultural Foundation
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Margaritis Schinas
      Portfolio Promoting the European Way of Life
      • Catherine Sustek (Cabinet member)
      • Margaritis Schinas (Vice-President)
    • Date 05 Jun 2020 Location Video - conferencing
      Subject EU measures in favour of the cultural and creatives sector
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Innovation and Youth
      • Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner)
    • Date 18 Apr 2017 Location Brussels
      Subject Clean Energy transition in South-Eastern Europe, EU-India relations
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič
      Portfolio Energy Union
      • Bernd Biervert (Cabinet member)
    • Date 04 Apr 2016 Location Brussels
      Subject Culture
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
      Portfolio Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
      • Alicja Magda Herbowska (Cabinet member)
    • Date 16 Jul 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject Exchange of views and priorities
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
      Portfolio Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
      • Adrienn Kiraly (Cabinet member)
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