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Profile of registrant

Goethe-Institut e.V.

Identification number in the register: 45963658079-77
Registration date: 15/02/12 13:25:10

The information on this organisation was last modified on 03/02/14 16:50:24
The date of the last annual update was 03/02/14 16:50:24

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Goethe-Institut e.V.
Acronym: GI
Legal status: Registered, non-profit association under German law
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Bruno Gross
Position: Executive Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Susanne Höhn
Position: Regional Director Southwest Europe, EU representative

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 122 Dachauer Str. 
Munich 80637
Telephone number: (+49) 89159210
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Goethe-Institut e.V., Brussels branch office:

Goethe-Institut Brüssel
58 Rue Belliard
1040 Bruxelles

02 238 11 62

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: “The objective of the Association is to promote knowledge of the German language outside Germany, to maintain international cultural cooperation and to propagate a comprehensive picture of Germany by means of information on cultural, social and political life. The Association pursues exclusively and directly non-profit making objectives in the sense of the section “Tax-favoured objectives” of the German Fiscal Code. It promotes science and research, education and schooling, art and culture as well as understanding between peoples. The objective of the Articles of Association is realised in particular through the fulfilment of the duties arising from the basic agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Goethe-Institut e.V. in its respective current form. Goethe-Institut e.V. maintains cultural institutes outside Germany and in Germany. Its headquarters are in Munich. The headquarters have a representation in Berlin and branch offices in Germany. “

§ 2.1 of the Articles of Association as amended on 20 Nov. 2009 (see:
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information: The Goethe-Institut supports cultural exchange through its extensive and robust networks. Within the framework of the European network of cultural institutes (EUNIC), the Goethe-Institut will become an important partner of the recently established European External Action Service (EEAS). With its programmes and partnerships, the Goethe-Institut contributes to the presentation of European art and culture, and seeks to embody the fundamental European principles of participation and cooperative dialogue in its work. It has become increasingly difficult to accomplish this within a merely bilateral process, and the adoption of a European approach is a clear necessity.

The European Union is of increasing importance to cultural
institutes both as a source of funding and as an actor in its own right on the global stage. In light of this, the Goethe-Institut has positioned itself both as an independent national cultural institute and, as a member of EUNIC, as a European partner. In addition to participating in European projects, the Goethe-Institut also contributes to the topical debate of cultural policy issues in Europe. The range of instruments available to the Goethe-Institut
in this area includes strategically focussed events in Germany and Brussels, as well as EU consultation and participatory processes in the fields of culture and education.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

What is More Europe?
Based on best-practice evidence and research, MORE EUROPE is a cultural civic initiative whose aim is to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the European Union (EU)’s external relations. It calls on Member States, civil society and EU institutions to work together, combine their views, pool their resources and coordinate their activities. Being a relatively small initiative, MORE EUROPE acts as an avant-garde on the topic – with a strong civic approach allowing flexibility and reactivity. It was launched at a high-level event in Brussels on December 8, 2011.

Modern diplomacy requires the development of new thinking and skills to face global challenges and changing societies. MORE EUROPE is a new approach towards external cultural relations, based on the promotion of fundamental values, two-way dialogue, and the recognition of the critical role of civil society in strengthening relations between countries. To this end, cultural relations, exchanges, cooperation and people-to-people engagement are crucial for the EU´s foreign policy. Culture – in its broadest sense – plays an important role in shaping our views in the world as well as influencing our international relations. Cultural relations are fundamental drivers of economic, social and sustainable human development, strengthening civil society capacities and reinforcing democratisation processes. Cultural relations also support conflict prevention and reconciliation, build trust between people, and pave the way for intercultural cooperation in difficult settings.

MORE EUROPE is focused on three main strands:

A debate strand raising awareness about the importance of culture in the EU’s external relations and triggering discussion between two spheres that hardly ever meet and interact: artists and cultural operators on the one hand, foreign policymakers and diplomats on the other. Six debates have been organised in six different European capitals in 2012: Berlin on May 2, Paris on May 23, Copenhagen on June 13, Amsterdam on September 19, Warsaw on November 19, and a "end-of-a-year" event held in Brussels on December 4. Each of these debates tackled the issue of external cultural relations with a different angle.

A research strand aiming at providing new directions and concrete ways of achieving the main objectives of the initiative. MORE EUROPE has conducted a study, providing information about the state of play and the lessons learnt from European external cultural actions and proposing concrete measures, models and pilot projects for an enhanced cultural dimension in the EU’s external cultural relations.

An advocacy strand: regular meetings, discussions and exchanges have taken place between MORE EUROPE's representatives and high-level officials from EU institutions. MORE EUROPE is increasingly referred to in the official papers of different EU institutions, as well as in the speeches of EU Commissioners and high-level officials.

The way forward
The main reasons for continuing the initiative are:

Maintaining momentum on the advocacy strand and stepping up concrete pilot actions;
The need to continue the study and test concrete options and pilot projects;
Sharing and debating with third-country policymakers and stakeholders;
Making the process as democratic and informed as possible and involve the civil society.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Education
  • External Relations
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 32
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.


According to “§ 3 MEMBERSHIP” of the Articles of Association, the main membership rules are as follows:

“ (1) The Association consists of
– ordinary members,
– extraordinary members and
– members by virtue of office.
(2) The total number of ordinary members is limited to 30.
(3) Ordinary members are
– the Federal Republic of Germany,
– personalities from different branches of the cultural, scientific and community life of the Federal Republic of Germany, who are elected by the General Meeting on the recommendation of the Presidium and on account of recommendations made by members at the General Meeting.
(4) Extraordinary members are
– one member of parliament from each party in the German Bundestag, who is nominated by his/her party for the duration of a parliamentary term,
– two representatives from Land governments, each of whom is nominated for four years by the Permanent Conference of the ministers for education and the arts of the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany.”

As of 1 February 2012, 149 Goethe-Institutes and 10 Liaison Offices in 92 countries provide information on the culture, language and other general aspects of Germany. For the complete list of branch offices, please see:

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 356,480,000
of which public financing: 222,561,000
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 55,000
- Grants: 1,355,000
- from national sources: 221,151,000
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 133,919,000
- donations: 8,430,000
- contributions from members: 0
Registration and course fees : 116,693,000
Third-party funds : 8,796,000
Other : 0
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.