Launch of the renewed ECIA

6 OCTOBER 2015

Over 80 creative industries stakeholders gathered in Brussels on 23 September 2015 for the "Create! Innovate! Grow!" seminar organised jointly by the European Creative Industries Alliance, DG GROW and ERRIN. The Alliance's policy recommendations towards "Maximizing the Innovative Contributions of Europe’s Creative industries" were discussed, initiatives of the European Commission to support creative industries were presented and a new association to continue the work of the Alliance was announced.

The workshop followed up from the first presentation of the policy recommendations of the European Creative Industries Alliance – ECIA – in November 2014 by showcasing implementation examples for a better strategy to support the development of creative industries in Europe from Wallonia, Austria and Tampere. It notably covered support to promote spillovers and the more effective use of all forms of innovation and creativity throughout the economy.

Onto a new ECIA
The over 80 creative industries stakeholders also had a chance to hear from three Directorate-Generals of the European Commission (GROW, EAC, and CNECT) about the various initiatives to support creative industries before Mr. Jordi Sellas i Ferrés (Director-General for Creation and Cultural Companies, Ministry of Culture, Government of Catalonia) presented the proposal for a new ECIA Platform on behalf of the six ECIA founding members. After the end of the EU-funded project in March 2015, the consortium members of ECIA project (Amsterdam Economic Board, City of Tampere, Metropolitan City of Milano, SAMOA/Nantes, Senate State of Berlin and the Catalan Institute for the Cultural Companies) have decided to set up an association to continue the work of ECIA.

The new ECIA Platform, rather a Cooperation platform than a service, will be operational at the beginning of 2016. A strategic seminar to design the objectives and action plan of the platform will take place before the end of the year.

Open arena
The main objective of the new platform is to develop and position ECIA as an open arena and platform for dialogue between the variety of actors bound by a joint interest in the sustainable growth and impact of the creative industries in the overall economy by promoting the implementation of its policy recommendations at the relevant levels in Europe. It also aims to enhance stronger collaboration between creative industries and other industrial sectors.

The new ECIA platform will pursue its objectives…

  • …by monitoring, sharing and disseminating the catalogue of ECIA policy recommendations
  • …by promoting working groups to further develop the ECIA policy recommendations
  • …through developing support and other actions to increase the cultural and creative industries’ visibility at local, regional, state or EU level
  • …by developing joint activities and transnational cooperation at policy level
  • …by facilitating collaboration with other stakeholders and initiatives at regional, national and European level

More information
Furthermore, it will be open to any stakeholder or player within the European cultural and creative sectors. Any interested institution is invited to visit and sign up for the new platform! Please download the presentation here.