Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

Getting to Know Europe

05/09/2017 - 21:55

Getting to Know Europe: Local Communities and the European Union

Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) is a program funded by the European Union under objective four of the Partnership Instrument. GTKE promotes greater knowledge and understanding, within local and regional communities in the United States, of the European Union, its international role, its policies, its culture, and the value and the significance of the EU-U.S. transatlantic partnership.

EU & US: Getting to Know Europe 2017-2019

The European Union is supporting the following institutions for projects submitted for the 2017-2019 competition (funded by the Partnership Instrument).

Proposals were evaluated according to the applicants’ technical and economic capacity to undertake the proposed project and the award criteria established in the competition Call for Proposals. The 5 projects listed below were consequently selected for award out of the proposals received.

For the overview of the Getting to Know Europe 2015-2017 click here.

Recipient Institution(s)   

Project Description

University of Pittsburgh




The European Studies Center (ESC) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and the Center for European Studies (CES) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have joined into a unique partnership to create opportunities for community engagement beyond the campus and develop “local experts” in the community through our programs.

The activities that will be carried out include: Europe Week/Euro Fest – free events open to the public happening each year in both Pittsburgh and Chapel Hill; Europe Day Contest/EU Today Essay Contest (Pitt and UNC); Brussels Up Close – a 5-day travel tour for educators to learn more about the EU; EU2U Briefing Sessions; EU Author Book Tour each year of the grant; “Taking Europe Beyond the Ivory Tower” – A one-day symposium on University Outreach and the Promotion of EU Visibility and Knowledge.

Florida International University


Florida International University (FIU) will implement outreach activities in South Florida’s communities which foster an awareness of the role of the EU and European culture as well as environmental and socioeconomic resilience policies in building transatlantic cohesion and relations.

FIU will organize cultural community activities celebrating Europe-Month each May (roundtable, screenings, book reading, art exhibit); Teacher & Media trainings on the EU and transatlantic relations; Public lecture series ‘Europe on the Road’ for South Florida communities on environmental and socio-economic resilience; Creation of an annual career-fair showcasing transatlantic companies & cultural institutions (residing in Florida)

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley


The Institute of European Studies (IES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in partnership with CES at UT Austin will establish a Hub housed at the UC Berkeley Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (JMCE) to promote greater knowledge and understanding of the EU, as well as the value and significance of the EU-US transatlantic partnership in the Western US, with special attention to Texas and California.

JMCE will organize public events that will feature expert researchers, policymakers and EU representatives in dialogue with state, local and regional government officials, young professionals and members of the business community. All of these activities will take place off-site from the UC Berkeley campus at our partner institutions in California of the World Affairs Council (San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles), the Haas Center for Executive Education and in Texas at the SXSW festival and Texas-EU Business summit. Taking advantage of the privileged contacts IES has with the local media and its partnership with CES at UT Austin, JMCE is the ideal hub to spread information about the EU all over California, Texas and the Western United States.

Old Town School of Folk Music


EuroFest Chicago will enhance the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the wealth and vitality of musical expression across the European Union. This project is run by the Old Town School of Folk Music based in Chicago, Illinois.

The programming will consist of 41 artist residencies over the two year grant period.  Components will include a) Short term residencies with EU artists; b) Run-out programs with major touring artists; c) Multiple presentations on a EU-designated stage at a major music festival; d) Thematically-organized series or mini-festivals with artists from across the EU; e) An experimental new music festival featuring interactions among EU and American musicians; and f) Numerous presentations as part of the School’s ongoing world music programming.

Ecologic Institute US


The overall objective of the action is to introduce existing and emerging stakeholders in key US urban markets to the EU principles and policies making European cities centers for innovation and progress toward a smart, sustainable future.

The focal points of the action are four separate tours, each bringing two experts from two EU cities (four total individuals) to two US cities where we will convene a series of events including town hall forums, workshops, peer-to-peer dialogues, visits to community based projects, and public lectures in order to engage existing and emerging stakeholders in reshaping approaches to sustainable urban development, using the experiences of the EU cities as both inspiration and guides. The EU experts will spend four days in each city, ensuring sufficient time to interact on multiple levels with a diverse array of local actors. In total, 16 EU experts representing 8 EU cities will spend 32 days in 8 US cities.