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Posted on Tuesday September 1, 2015

Governing Board

All you need to know about the Governing Board of the Europeana Foundation

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Elco van Staveren, Denkschets, CC BY-SA

The Europeana Foundation is the organisation tasked by the European Commission with developing a digital cultural heritage platform for Europe. The Foundation has a Governing Board of experts and representatives from cultural and scientific heritage organisations across Europe.

The board is a group of 20 people with a deep interest in European cultural heritage, combined with relevant management and business skills. Their participation on the board is voluntary and unpaid.

What does the board do?

The members meet five times a year to set strategy and policy, and review plans against goals and objectives. Importantly, the members are legally and financially responsible for the activities of the Foundation. And they help ensure that all of the Foundation's projects are running in the best way possible.

The board is also responsible for appointing the executive director who will carry out the work set out in Europeana Strategy 2020recalibrated Strategy 2020 and the yearly Business Plans.

Who is on the board?

  • Two members appointed by and representing the founding members sit on the board for two years.
  • Six members appointed by the Europeana Network Association from its Management Board sit on the board for two years.
  • Four members appointed by the Governing Board as representatives of European associations of content holders sit on the board for two years.
  • Four members appointed by the Governing Board as representatives of fields of expertise required to deliver the Europeana strategy sit on the board for two years.
  • Three members as representatives of the European Union member countries holding the Presidency of the Council: the preceding, sitting and succeeding presidencies. This rotates every six months and each member sits on the Governing Board for 18 months.

How does the board reach decisions?

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

What are observers?

These are usually former members of the board or external experts who are appointed to attend all the meetings and provide insight, although they do not have voting rights. All observers must receive nomination and approval from the majority of board members.

Founding Members


Documents related to the governance of the Europeana Foundation

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