The European Union National Institutes for Culture has announced its expansion, making Georgia and Moldova associate members, and Ukraine a partner of the cluster, Report informs.

The purpose of expanding the Association during Latvia’s chairmanship is to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine.

Counselor of the Latvian Embassy in Azerbaijan Vija Busa noted that the initiative to expand the platform was taken by Ambassador of Poland to Azerbaijan Rafal Poborski.

“During our chairmanship of EUNIC, the embassy organized many events in the field of culture: the day of European languages, literature, etc.,” she said.

In turn, Ambassador of Latvia to Azerbaijan Edgars Skuja emphasized that the goal of expanding the cluster – solidarity with Ukraine – is one of the important components of the policies of many European states.

“We look to the future with hope, this was a very active period of our chairmanship, a lot of work was done in a number of areas,” the ambassador added.

During the event, Polish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Rafal Poborski noted that Poland is ready to support all initiatives of the cluster in the future.

“We look forward to new initiatives. With new associate members and partners, we will be able to better promote European culture,” he added.

The EUNIC cluster in Azerbaijan was created in 2020 under the chairmanship of the Hungarian Embassy, and in 2021 its chairmanship passed to the Czech Embassy. At the moment, the members of the Association are the embassies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The British Council, the embassies of Georgia and Moldova received the status of associate members, and Ukraine received the status of a cluster partner.