By decision of the European Commission, CLARIN ERIC was founded on 29 February 2012. The Statutes of CLARIN ERIC describe the general, legal, governmental and financial rights and obligations of CLARIN ERIC. The statutes were updated and have been approved by the European Commission on 4 April 2018. (The details in the annexes are updated continuously.)

Countries that consider joining CLARIN are advised to check

- the information page on how to get involved
- the instruction page for newcomers