When, after six years of conservation work, completed thanks to the efforts of many people and organizations, as well as thanks to significant financial outlays from the city, the Villa was reopened to the inhabitants of Krakow, it was decided to refer to this inspiring tradition. It was decided that the Villa will continue to serve better understanding, understanding and cooperation of representatives of different nations and cultures. For this purpose, the Villa Decius Association was established in 1995.
The proposal to make Villa Decius the seat of an institution dedicated to people of science, artists and translators was first presented by Karl Dedecius during the CSCE Symposium on May 30, 1991 in Krakow. This idea was developed and implemented under the patronage of the Municipality of the City of Krakow and the International Cultural Center in Krakow. Subsequent Resolutions concerning the Villa, whose legal owner is the city of Kraków, defined the cultural and scientific functions of the Villa in more detail: resolutions of June 12, 1992 (City Council), June 14, 1993 (City Board) and June 27, 1993 (International Academy Committee of the European Union), and on June 30, 1992, the Agreement between the Minister of Culture and Art of the Republic of Poland and the Mayor of the City of Krakow.
The activities of the Villa Decius Association are based on the concept of an international academy – a place for meetings and cooperation between scientists and creators of culture. The Association cooperates with institutions in the country and abroad that strive to protect the heritage of national and regional cultures, initiate intercultural dialogue and promote key values for international integration.