Results to the EC Consultation on CCI Green Paper August 10, 2010
In the spring, the European Commission launched an on-line public consultation aimed at unlocking the full potential of Europe's cultural and creative industries (CCI). The consultation focuses on the Commission’s Green Paper, a communication that stresses the need to improve access to finance - especially for SMEs – in order to allow the sector to flourish and to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.
The European Digital Think Tank (EDTT) is a co-operation project launched by various European regional development organizations - including FILAS – and representing Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and UK. Member organizations share a common perspective on the development of digital communication technologies, services and markets.
The EDTT, which renewed its desire to cooperate with the EC in the critical approach to the development of CCIs, has issued a 17-page response to the Green Paper stressing the need for an overarching strategy appealing to several of the European Commission’s relevant DGs. Moreover, it stresses the fundamental fact that in today’s world national-level co-operation is clearly insufficient.
The Think Tank approach to CCI prosperity addresses three main factors that are considered to be indispensable requisites to ensure the optimum development of European CCIs in the coming years:
Proximity of SMEs to the creative actors on a regional and European level
The European Interest Group on Creativity and Innovation (EICI) has also drafted an interesting paper in response to the EC consultation.
The EICI connects local and regional stakeholders that foster the relationship between creativity and innovation in order to make Europe’s economy more competitive and sustainable.
The EICI’s response stresses that experimentation, innovation and entrepreneurship lie at the heart of Europe’s creative industries and that this should be reflected more strongly in the Green Paper and supported more energetically by European policy action.