The European Cultural Centre was founded by Denis de Rougemont in Geneva on 7 October 1950 in application of the Cultural Resolution of The Hague Congress of 1948.

The European Centre for Culture defends the dignity of the human person, free and responsible, in a democratic and pluralist society, non-discrimination, tolerance and respect for diversity of opinion, culture and belief. It encourages the bearers of culture and creators to build a Europe that respects the principles of federalism, takes account of its diversities and is founded on its common culture, values and history.

The European Centre for Culture aims to :


To develop among Europeans an awareness of their solidarity and their belonging to a common culture, the foundation of their freedoms and their global responsibilities


To help build and preserve a lasting peace in Europe and the world based on unity in diversity


To work for the recognition of specific cultural characteristics and for cross-cultural and cross-regional cooperation


To encourage dialogue, based on mutual respect, with the world's other major cultures


To encourage the active participation of citizens in the construction of Europe, to promote the development of democracy and an awareness of European belonging and solidarity

Why Geneva?


➜ When it comes to culture, Europe does not stop at the borders of the European Union.

➜ Geneva lies at the heart of Europe and is home to numerous international organisations.

➜ Geneva has played a historic role in the emergence of the European spirit.

➜ The Swiss experience of federalism is a source of inspiration for the democratic construction of Europe.

“Le Centre européen de la culture aura son siège en Suisse”, Curieux, Neuchâtel, no. 27, 7 July 1949, p. 6.

In May 1965, Denis de Rougemont answered Carrefour’s questions about the European Cultural Centre and the new Institute for European Studies in Geneva (RTS).

Statuts du Centre Européen de la Culture

Statutes of the European Cultural Centre in French

Le rôle du Centre Européen de la Culture

The role of the European Cultural Centre in French