The European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity was created in 2005 as an informal network to welcome the adoption of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in October 2005 and to work on its ratification by the European community in December 2006.

In its first achievements, ECCD has also campaigned to protect cultural diversity, ensuring that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating mandate does not risk prejudicing the Union’s cultural and linguistic diversity, including in the audiovisual and cultural services sector.

Since its creation, the ECCD defends that cultural diversity plays an important part in our democracy, ensuring that the voices and stories from all our communities are told and seen widely. This fosters a better understanding and cohesion and helps to ensure that decision makers can make public policy reflecting the needs of all communities. To carry out its missions, the ECCD monitor EU policies in order to provide its members a legislative expertise and cooperate with EU institutions to share its inputs from the cultural and creative sector.

Since 2013, the ECCD is an official association.