The European Council of Artists (ECA) is an important interdisciplinary umbrella organisation of artists’ associations in 25 European countries, and is based in Copenhagen. The ECA aims to raise the level of awareness for artists’ concerns among political and administrative representatives of the European Union. It intervenes all over Europe wherever artistic expertise is demanded and decisions relevant to the arts are being made.
The ECA also sees itself as a platform for artistic dialogue and exchange in the different disciplines. It organises conferences and expert talks on topics like ‘Artists’ Mobility – Aspiration or Reality?’, ‘Networking in the Enlargement Process’ or ‘Artistic Careers and Higher Art Education in Europe’. In 2006, the ECA, in cooperation with the IGBK, organised the conference 'Rights and Wrongs – The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – One Year After' at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
At present, the Icelandic artist Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir is president of the organisation.