On 25/26 February 2016 a group of about 35 participants representing the creative and cultural sectors from the EU Member States gathered in Berlin to discuss “developing the entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors”. The process formed part of a Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector under the banner ‘Voices of Culture’ (VoC) . The group then came together again in Brussels on 26 April to present the outcomes of this discussion to representatives of the European Commission.
This ‘Voices of Culture’ process was established to provide a framework for discussions between EU civil society stakeholders and the European Commission with regard to culture. Its main objective was to provide a channel for expert voices from the cultural and creative sectors in Europe to be heard by EU policy-makers. In addition, it aimed to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the cultural and creative sectors in policy debates at a European level, while encouraging it to work in a more collaborative way.
This document aims to capture the essence of this conversation and to set out the recommendations of the group. The expert group is keen point out that this document reflects the inputs of individuals and is by no means representative for the whole sector or even stands for a representational / elected body from the whole sector. The full list of the participants is contained at the end of the document.
The report is available here.