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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, Executive Director, and steered by a Supervisory Board from cultural and scientific heritage organisations across Europe chaired by Elisabeth Niggemann


Europeana Foundation Board Members meet at least five times a year to set strategy and policy, and review plans against goals and objectives. Members are legally and financially responsible for the activities of the Foundation and help to ensure that all of the Foundation's activities are running in the best way possible. Their participation on the board is voluntary and unpaid. The board is also responsible for appointing the Executive Director who will carry out the work set out in the Europeana strategy. 

All issues are put to the vote. The board appoints the Chair from amongst its members by majority vote.

Supervisory Board


Documents related to the governance of the Europeana Foundation

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