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Brussels, 19 November 2009

Brussels debate - Towards a creative Europe: What role for the creative industries?

The Brussels Debate on 19 November at 17:00 – 19:00 will focus on the potential of the creative industries for both the economy and society. The question of how to maximise positive links between creative industries, the rest of the economy and their contribution towards society as a whole will be at the centre of the discussion. This is the final debate in the series for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.

The world economy has been changing at a tremendous pace over the past decades; the rapid roll-out of new information and communication technologies (the so-called digital shift) and globalization have meant new opportunities, but also new challenges for our societies.

During this period of economic crisis, there is growing political recognition of the importance of the creative industries, and that the potential of this sector as a motor of the economy is underexploited. This debate will take a closer look at how these industries could be better used as a conduit for innovation for society as a whole and what their place could be in the future European innovation strategy.

M. Jean-Noël Durvy, Director, DG Enterprise, will open the debate with a keynote speech, followed by a panel debate between the following speakers:

  • Hasan Bakhshi, Director for the Creative Industries, Policy & Research Unit, NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), UK

  • Anne-Marie Boutin , President & Founder, APCI (Agence pour le Promotion et la Création Industrielle), France

  • Ruta Prusiviciene, General Director of the National Philharmonic Society of Lithuania, Executive Director of Vilnius Festival, Lithuania

  • Miguel Silvestre, Deputy Mayor, Town Hall of Óbidos, Portugal

  • Hans Martens, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre, moderator

The European Union declared 2009 the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. The Year aims to raise awareness of importance of creativity and innovation as a key competence of personal, social and economic development.

In the framework of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, a series of seven debates are being jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Policy Centre, in Brussels, covering a wide range of topics connected to the Year - from cultural diversity to education and sustainable development. The Debates are designed to provide a platform for reflection and exchange of ideas and to promote a public space where stakeholders can contribute to the policy debate on creativity and innovation.

The Debate takes place on 19 November at 17:00 – 19:00 in the Polak Room at the Residence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi. Each debate will be followed by a reception to enable the discussions to continue in a less formal setting. Please confirm your participation replying to this e-mail: .

Official website of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation:

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