In light of new EU funding opportunities for the period 2014-2020, the Committee of the Regions' conference on 29-30 January 2014 brought together policy-makers, experts, creative minds and trend watchers, artists and representatives of European associations and international organisations in order to discuss success stories from cultural and creative sectors and their impact on local development.
The event facilitated 'creative networking' with representatives of selected projects from different cultural and creative institutions, organisations and networks as well as information sessions on the 'Creative Europe' programme.
Europe's creative and cultural sectors represent a significant potential to contribute to the sustainable recovery of the economy and to create jobs. With a share of 4.5% of the EU's GDP and 4% of its workforce, creative and cultural institutions and enterprises are an important and a very dynamic part of the EU economy. Creative sectors face, however, a number of challenges such as a fragmented cultural market and space, namely due to linguistic diversity, the 'digital shift' of art production and dissemination, a difficult access to finance for creative enterprises, and finally, a lack of comparable data. Tackling these challenges can contribute to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs at all levels of government.
The conference was combined with a cultural event on 30 January 2014 in Albert Hall, Brussels. The 'Las Minas Flamenco Tour' from Spain travels around the world in 2014 showcasing flamenco as a best practice on how a cultural event could foster local economic development.
Alin Adrian Nica