One of the main goals of the ERICarts Institute is to facilitate sustainable co-operation and dialogue in the field of comparative cultural research by:Â building research teams comprised of experts from all over Europe; organising international workshops and debates among research, policy, arts and media professionals and;Â publishing information and data on key actors involved in cultural affairs in Europe. In this sense, the work of the ERICarts Institute itself can be seen as a model for cultural and scientific cooperation.
The ERICarts Institute also studies different concepts and forms of "cultural co-operation" and their related policy implications on the mobility of individuals and groups in the cultural labour force, the movement of "intellectual capital", the trans-national movements of cultural goods and services throughout Europe and well as intercultural dialogue.
Results from the Institute's studies show that since the early 1980s, European cultural co-operation has steadily evolved into a complex organisational field, composed of different systems of meaning and with multiple patterns of interaction. This development has led to an increased diversification of interests and activities. Consequently, the number and type of public and private actors participating in cultural co-operation activities has grown.Â Their respective institutional forms and internal priorities mean that the motivations for cultural co-operation differ.Â For example:
National policies and regulations can both encourage and discourage cultural co-operation from the point of view of mobility and exchange whether it be people, intangible assets, goods or services. Among the relevant instruments and measures are:Â social and tax regimes, foreign policy agreements, awards and scholarship regulations, labour laws and union rules, language policies, quota regulations or copyright royalty schemes.