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Europeana Foundation

The Europeana Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates the Europeana platform and contributes to other digital initiatives that put cultural heritage to good use in the world. Our work helps to develop an open, knowledgeable and creative society. 

Access to cultural heritage is vital to humankind - to our knowledge and understanding of who we are, where we’ve come from and what we can become. At the Europeana Foundation we work to democratise access to culture - digitally - so that everyone in our society is empowered to embrace diversity and flourish.

We do this collaboratively. We cross borders - and where necessary, break them down. Our range of projects and partnerships create positive change in and around the cultural heritage sector through new shared services, models and frameworks that contribute to the digital transformation and sustainability of our diverse sector. 

We promote the use of digital technology that makes cultural heritage online accessible, traceable and trustworthy, which in turn means people can explore it, use it and learn from it with confidence. 

We ensure our work is relevant to the world we live in - and the world we want to build - by aligning it with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Europeana Foundation and a consortium of 21 partners are tasked by the European Commission to run the Europeana platform, in close collaboration with the Europeana Aggregators’ Forum and the Europeana Network Association. 

The Europeana Foundation employs approximately 60 staff members representing around 20 different nationalities based in our main office in The Hague. The organisation is led by Harry Verwayen, General Director, and steered by a Supervisory Board from cultural and scientific heritage organisations across Europe chaired by Elisabeth Niggemann. The Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board are supported by an Advisory Board.

Europeana - a look back at 2020

2020 was an enormous year for Europeana - explore the Europeana Foundation annual report.


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Europeana Foundation Business Plan 2021

Explore the Europeana Foundation Business Plan 2021: Towards a digital public space for cultural heritage.


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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the Foundation and sets its financial and strategic directions in consultation with the Supervisory Board and the Advisory Board.

Supervisory Board

Europeana Foundation Supervisory Board members supervise the management of the Foundation and help set strategy and policy. Members are legally and financially responsible for the activities of the Foundation. The Supervisory Board is responsible for appointing the Board of Directors. They meet at least five times a year and their participation on the board is voluntary and unpaid. 

Advisory Board

Europeana Foundation Advisory Board members provide expert insight, knowledge and recommendations relating to the strategic direction of the Foundation. The Advisory Board represents the voice of the sector at large, with members reflecting a wide range of countries, domains and perspectives. Together with the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board, they are committed to considering, understanding and representing diversity in all its forms and are determined to further increase diversity within the board itself over time. Members have no legal or financial responsibility for the activities of the Foundation. They meet at least twice per year and their participation on the board is voluntary and unpaid.

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