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25.02 2016


“Boosting the competitiveness and growth of cultural and creative industries (CCI)”
Thursday March 17th, 2016
ERC Auditorium (ground floor), Covent Garden building, 16 Place Rogier, 1210 Brussels

The Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) have recently launched a study on “Boosting the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries for growth and jobs”. The study focuses on the analysis of the competitiveness and economic relevance of the European cultural and creative industries (CCI) and is being conducted by the Austrian Institute for SME Research and VVA Europe. The study includes an analysis of the current situation as well as a foresight analysis and a screening of EU-wide CCI-initiatives (national and regional case studies). It will propose a set of recommendations for possible policy actions at various levels of governance.
In the context of the study, we kindly invite you to a consultation workshop in Brussels. Based on the preliminary study results, the aim of the workshop is to open up a conversational space that allows a wide variety of experts in this field to reflect and explore together the following questions:
“What can be done at EU level to foster und support the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries? What is needed?”
The workshop is dedicated to conversations around recommendations for a possible Europe wide CCI strategy, proposing ways to improve overall coherence of policies for this field at different governance level and the interaction with the existing European policy framework (e.g. Horizon 2020, Creative Europe, COSME, structural funds). The Austrian Institute for SME Research in cooperation with VVA Europe will present preliminary results of the study and lead through the day. In order to benefit fully from the expertise and experience of participants, most of the workshop will be devoted to in-depth discussions either in small groups or in plenary.
Please register for this workshop by using the following link:
The registration is open until Friday, March 11th, 2016. Please be aware that the number of participants is limited and the registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The participation is free of charge. The workshop language will be English.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail:!
Preliminary agenda:
9h-9h30 Arrival and registration
9h30 Introduction
10h-10h30 Presentation of study results
11h-12h30 Working session I – small group conversations with focus on the study results and reporting back to plenary
12h30-13h30 lunch
13h30-16h Working session II - small group conversations with focus on recommendations and reporting back to plenary
16h-17h Conclusion and closing