Policy Learning Platform of the ECIA sets its vision in Amsterdam

25 JUNE 2012

On the 14th of June 2012 the 25 members of the Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) had its first formal meeting in Amsterdam to discuss how to fully unlock the potential of creative industries in Europe. It brought together regional and national policy-makers across Europe with the aim to develop a better strategy for the development of creative industries in Europe, notably in the areas of better business support, access to finance, cluster excellence & cooperation and facilitating cross-sectoral linkages.

Reinhard Büscher, Head of the Industrial Innovation Support unit at the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, highlighted that creative industries not only present an important industry that contributes to jobs and growth but that it is also an industry that helps to modernise the wider economy by providing creative input into many other industries.“We expect ECIA to be the driving force in Europe for the development of “better practice” in support of creative industries. New approaches are needed to better capitalize on all forms of knowledge, innovation and creativity – not only in creative industries but also in other industries”, he explained the Commission’s expectations.

Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning, Managing Director of the Center for Culture & Experience Economy, Denmark was chosen as the formal spokesperson and Chair of ECIA. The members of the Policy Learning Platform bring a lot of expertise and experience to the discussion. Together, we will not only engage in policy learning but co-create concrete policy recommendations and roadmaps for policy actions. Coming from the world of policy making and the world of creative industries, I personally feel that it is necessary to build bridges between the both.”

The coordination of the Policy Learning Platform of the Alliance lies in the hands of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor in close cooperation with partners from Berlin, Catalonia, Milan, Nantes and Tampere. “Amsterdam has over 700 years of experience of innovation in relation to the creative industries and other sectors. We have a responsibility to share this experience with the rest of Europe and to learn from other creative cities all over Europe. This is the only way Europe can keep its position as a strong economic player in the world, “ says Johanna van Antwerpen, one of the members and coordinator of the consortium that is responsible for the secretariat supporting the platform.

The Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance

The Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance – photography by Vesna Zuuring

 

Reinhard Büscher, Head of the Industrial Innovation Support unit at the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General

Reinhard Büscher, Head of the Industrial Innovation Support unit at the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General – photography by Vesna Zuuring

 

Johanna van Antwerpen, Project coordinator of The Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIAP)

Johanna van Antwerpen, Project coordinator of The Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance – photography by Vesna Zuuring

 

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