ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) was founded on 30 April 1991 as a European Economic Interest Grouping (G.E.I.E.)*. It is composed of two equal Members: ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH and ARTE France.
* The purpose of a European Economic Interest Grouping (G.E.I.E.) is to promote cross-border cooperation and facilitate or develop the economic activity of its members. Governed by European and not national law, its flexible legal structure enables its members to group part of their activities whilst retaining their legal and economic independence.Purpose
Article 2 of the contract establishing ARTE G.E.I.E. defines its role: “The purpose of this grouping is to conceive and produce television programmes which, in a broad sense, are cultural and international in character and conducive to promoting understanding and rapprochement among Europe’s nations and to broadcast these programmes or to authorise their broadcasting.”Function
The Strasbourg headquarters determines programme strategy, commissioning policy and scheduling. It is responsible for broadcasting and on-air promotion and provides the language services required for multilingual transmission. It also produces news, magazine programmes and some of the theme evenings. In addition to this, ARTE G.E.I.E. plans and coordinates public relations activities, the development of its website and manages relations with European partners.Headquarters
On 13 October 2003 our head office departments completed their move to ARTE G.E.I.E. corporate headquarters in the direct vicinity of the European institutions in Strasbourg. The building, designed by an architectural team led by Professor Hans Struhk and his Strasbourg partner, Maechel.Delaunay.Jund, has 14,350 m2 of floor space and some 450 workstations.
ARTE headquarters doubles as a fine art venue, with a sculpture, “Der Giraffenmann”/“L’homme-girafe” by German artist Stephan Balkenhol, and “La grande ourse”, by French artist Lydie Arickx. Both works were specially created for ARTE G.E.I.E.