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Policy Handbook

European Agenda for Culture, Working Group of EU Member States Experts (Open Method of Coordination) on Cultural and Creative Industries, April 2012

European Agenda for Culture, Working Group of EU Member States Experts (Open Method of Coordination) on Cultural and Creative Industries, April 2012

Policy handbook on "How to strategically use the EU support programmes, including Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional and national development and the spill over effects on the wider economy? " is finalized on April 2012. This unique work is one of the results of by the working group of EU Member States experts (Open method of coordination) on cultural and creative industries

The objective of this Policy Handbook is to better sensitize local, regional and national authorities as well as the cultural community of the potential of cultural and creative industries in boosting regional and local development. The Handbook intends to help them in formulating local, regional and national strategies for cultural and creative industries. It also aims to serve as a tool for the planning and implementation of a strategic use of the EU support programmes, including the Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional, national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy.

The target group for the Handbook are the policymakers at local, regional and national level responsible for both cultural and economic planning as well as those responsible for the planning of the EU Structural Funds. Based on existing experience from different Member States the Handbook introduces ways to use the EU Structural Funds for developing CCIs at local, regional as well as national level and also bridging CCIs with the rest of the economy to foster innovation, tourism and urban regeneration. It also contains useful information on the next generation of EU Structural Funds covering the period 2014-2020.

The Handbook highlights a number of examples which prove that different public authorities have found effective ways to set up working mechanisms to support the CCIs, and in most cases they have been successful in using the EU Structural Funds for that purpose. The Handbook will hopefully serve as an inspiration for those regions and countries that have not yet succeeded in implementing cultural and creative strategies. As the EU budget for 2014-2020 is being discussed at the very moment, the experts also hope that specific measures presented in the Handbook can be directly inserted into the national development plans and local or regional development strategies.

As envisaged by the Workplan for culture 2011-2014, the work on CCIs will continue with two new Expert Groups within the Open Method of Coordination, on two specific themes: (1) internalisation and export strategies of the CCIs (2012-2013) and (2) facilitating access to finance for CCIs (2013-2014).

The future reflection of the Expert Groups can feed into the existing Handbook. The Handbook is meant to be a "living" document. Therefore, we encourage everybody to submit good examples, initiatives and practices on the webpage www.creativeindustries.ee/omc

Finally, the Handbook will hopefully be useful in view of a "joint EU-wide awareness-raising initiative by the Commission and Member States to promote the integration of culture in regional and local development policies and to support smart specialisation strategies", also foreseen in the Workplan.