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1- Legal form

Semi-public institution

2- General aim and the main mission of the institution

The Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC,, which was founded on 18 June 1907 and 14 February 1911, is an «academic, scientific and cultural corporation the purpose of which is scientific research, principally that involving all the elements of Catalan culture». The corporation has its seat in the city of Barcelona and may establish branches, especially within its geographical sphere of action (Statutes, Article 5).

The Institut’s officially recognised sphere of action covers the territories of the Catalan language and culture (Royal Decree, Article 1).

In 1992, the corporation was admitted to the Union Académique Internationale, founded shortly before, and it has cooperated with different international research ventures and continues to do so.

The Institut, then, has a long history, clearly delimited lines of action which have been honed over time, and a forward-looking ethos. Its action extends in the European networks by its cross-border dynamism among others.

3- Description of the role of the institution regarding cross-border issues

The IEC participates in close relationship with the Catalonian universities in projects of territorial cooperation.

4- Activities / References regarding cross-border issues


Possible project POCTEFA Multiluaguism immersion and innovation

Research, conferences and seminars

Possibles projects of cross-border cooperation- POCTEFA (CatCat CatCom, CatCap 2019-2021, 2021-2027

Other projects

Jean Monnet projects (Micro-States, diplomacy and innovation).