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Creating Growth - Measuring cultural and creative markets in the EU
European Union

Supporting cultural and creative sectors, Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) and related ecosystems

What is it about?
Cultural and creative sectors are comprised of all sectors whose activities are based on cultural values, or other artistic individual or collective creative expressions and are defined in the legal bases of the Creative Europe Programme. Support of these sectors is based upon Eurostat’s work as part of European Statistical System (ESS)-net Culture and its work in further coordinating the harmonisation of statistics on the cultural and creative sectors (for instance, through review of Indicator typologies and terminologies, communicating through indicators and relevance for policy making).

Cultural and creative industries, on the other hand, focus more on the further stages of the value chain – including the production and dissemination stages of industrial and manufacturing operations.

EU Export Helpdesk for developing countries

The EU Export Helpdesk for developing countries is an online service, provided by the European Commission, to facilitate market access in particular for developing countries to the European Union. This free and user-friendly service provides relevant information required by exporters interested in supplying the EU market.
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EU Poverty and Inequalities

Brussels, 8 Oct 2014 – How many people are living at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU?

Creative Industries Europe

Creative Europe | Creative Industries Europe

European Union

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe.
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Candidate countries
These countries are in the process of ‘transposing’ (or integrating) EU legislation into national law:
North Macedonia

Potential candidates
Potential candidate countries do not yet fulfil the requirements for EU membership:
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Other European countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
San Marino
Vatican City State

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe (CoE) is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The evolution of what is today the European Union (EU) from a regional economic agreement among six neighboring states in 1951 to today’s hybrid intergovernmental and supranational organization of 28 countries across the European continent stands as an unprecedented phenomenon in the annals of history.

Dynastic unions for territorial consolidation were long the norm in Europe; on a few occasions even country-level unions were arranged – the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were examples. But for such a large number of nation-states to cede some of their sovereignty to an overarching entity is unique.

Although the EU is not a federation in the strict sense, it is far more than a free-trade association such as ASEAN, NAFTA, or Mercosur, and it has certain attributes associated with independent nations: its own flag, currency (for some members), and law-making abilities, as well as diplomatic representation and a common foreign and security policy in its dealings with external partners.

European Union

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and media sectors. The programme consists of two sub-programmes; the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector. Results are published on the Creative Europe Dissemination Platform.
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European Union

Europe 2020 Strategy

A European Strategy for Smart, Sustainable, and Inclusive Growth. Europe 2020 is a strategy to help Europe emerge stronger from the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the next decade. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has identified three key drivers for growth, which will be supported through actions at both EU and national levels: smart growth (fostering knowledge, innovation, education and digital society), sustainable growth (making EU production greener and more resource efficient while boosting competitiveness), and inclusive growth (enhancing labor market participation, skills acquisition, and the fight against poverty).
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The Benelux is an intergovernmental partnership between Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Europe | Associations

European Creative Business Network (ECBN)

The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a unique not for profit foundation, founded in 2011, promoting the interests of the cultural creative industries in Europe. Given the diversity of cultural expressions as well as of cultural and creative markets across Europe, ECBN works – on purposes indirectly and decentralized – by supporting leading agencies, funders and intermediaries on local, regional and/or national level to help them support their cultural and creative entrepreneurs.

European Creative Industries Alliance

The European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) is an integrated policy initiative that combines policy learning with 8 concrete actions on innovation vouchers, better access to finance and cluster excellence & cooperation. It is an open platform that brings together policy-makers and business support practitioners from 28 partner organisations and 12 countries. Its overall aim is to shape a community in Europe that actively supports creative industries as a driver for competitiveness, job creation and structural change by developing and testing better policies and tools for creative industries.
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EUREN (for EURopean Economic Network) is a network consisting at the time being of nine European economic research institutes.

It was created in 1999 aimed to improve the analyses of the European economy in a context of major institutional changes in the European Union, especially the setting-up of the Euro as a single currency. Since then, EUREN regular publishs forecasts of the Euro area economy and other studies of European interest.

What’s new?
EUREN Publications

European ‘Houses’ of Culture: mapping report goes online

Jun 14, 2019
151 projects in 75 countries were analysed within the European ‘Houses’ of Culture report. The mapping study was conducted by the EUNIC Global (European Union National Institutes for Culture) office in Brussels, and traced models of cooperation both within and outside of the EU. It looked at cooperation practices between EUNIC members and EU delegations, as well as other civil society actors and organisations – spanning a period of 30 years.

Ten ideas for European Houses of Culture selected by EUNIC

Jul 24, 2019
In April, European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) members, EU delegations and their local cultural partners in third countries were invited to take part in a call for ideas for collaborations in cultural relations. The aim was to highlight promising cultural initiatives focusing on people-to-people approaches, co-creation and showcasing of cultural diversity. The 44 applications covered 51 countries in total from El Salvador to Benin to Vietnam.


ECIA experts set agenda for future of creative industries

27 Nov 2014 – Experts from 12 European countries have joined forces to strengthen the future of the creative industries. Today they present a 10 step action plan to enable cross-sectoral collaboration and access to finance. The European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) is the platform on which these experts in the field of creative industries collaborate to set an agenda for innovation and growth. According to the experts, the creative industries also need to measure and raise awareness of their value as key driver of innovation and growth.


Enabling Crossovers – Good Practices in the Creative Industries

This compilation of 36 good practices in the creative industries across Asia and Europe showcase examples of policy and practice that may serve as inspiration for networking, collaboration and policy making. The mapping covers the four areas being addressed at the 6th Culture Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), namely creative skills, creative entrepreneurs, creative cities: sustainability, and creative cities: quality of life.