Cultural and Creative Regional Ecosystems (CCRE-S3)
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) organised an online workshop to present this newly established partnership, together with its member regions actively involved in devising the Cultural and Creative Regional Ecosystems (CCRE-S3) thematic area: Aragon (ES), Tuscany (IT) and Western Greece (EL).
The CCRE-S3 thematic area under the Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P-Industry) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, aims to stimulate new insight and opportunities related to cultural and creative experiences for local communities and residents, making peripheral territories more attractive for economic activity.
The session was an important step in raising awareness of the opportunities that the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) sector may offer to a wide range of stakeholders to promote cooperation and address contemporary challenges such as the post-crisis recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the short, mid and long-term future.
The regional-focused part of the session illustrated the CCRE-S3 priorities not only from a regional perspective covering both the public and private sectors, but also from a macro-regional perspective since the CCRE-S3 is the first thematic area under the Industrial Modernisation platform with a specific focus on a macro-region, and in particular the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).
Sergio SEBASTIÁN FRANCO from the Aragon Agency for Development (IAF) and the SEBASTIAN ARCHITECTS presented examples of different uses of CCIs showing people that it is possible to live with their own history, acquiring not only a cultural identity but even a future.
Irena KREGAR ŠEGOTA, CEO of RIJEKA 2020 LLC, shared the experience of a European Capital of Culture at the time of COVID-19, a programme designed under the slogan ‘Port of Diversity’ and inspired by three main topics: water, work and migration. They describe Rijeka and link them with current trends that concern us globally, such as climate change, work in the future and artificial intelligence, and migration. The COVID-19 crisis led the organisers of the Cultural Capital of Europe to reconsider how culture and creativity help us to live together in this new normal situation.
The technical-focused part of the session discussed the opportunities offered by CCIs from the point of view of the EU institutions. Isabelle SEIGNEUR from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) highlighted that 2021-2027 will be the S4 period (S4: Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability) and support activities of the Smart Specialisation Platform. Laurent DE MERCEY and Valentina PINNA from DG REGIO explained how Cohesion Policy can continue to support the cultural and creative sectors, especially through the COVID-19 crisis, and the new Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument under development.
The workshop closed with the accounts of the three leading regions of Western Greece (EL), Tuscany (IT) and Aragon (ES). Given the specific macro-regional focus, the workshop also welcomed the viewpoint of a youth organisation representative from the Adriatic and Ionian Region.
Participants’ interest throughout the duration of the workshop was vivid, exchanging ideas via the chat and exploring ways to further implement the objectives of the CCRE-S3 thematic area.
Take away message
Regardless of the unforeseen circumstances faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what matters is the capacity to adapt, to listen to the needs of the community at local, regional, national and macro-regional levels, to continue working intersectorally with the partners from both EU and non-EU countries and to explore synergies for the future. Lessons learnt should be carried on and built into new cultural policies and strategies to encourage further development and growth for the regions.
“It is important to think intersectorally. We have to explore possible cooperation with other existing partnerships, exchange experiences on project activities, share ideas on potential cooperation and identify joint activities to exploit synergies in the future.”
Isabelle SEIGNEUR, JRC
“We want the ecosystems to deliver a pipeline of investments (private or public-private), presented in the form of a decent investment plan.”
Valentina PINNA, DG REGIO
“Our commitment is high, and together with our partners in Italy and Spain, the Region of Western Greece will try to bring the creative industries, a new and challenging sector, into the research field.”
Fokion ZAIMIS, Deputy Governor of Entrepreneurship, Research and Innovation, Region of Western Greece (Greece)
“It is important to find new ways to manage the important heritage in our regions and boost innovation in it.”
Roberto FERRARI, Director of Culture & Research Directorate, Region of Tuscany (Italy)
“We need to transform the great potential of our cultural heritage into jobs. The different technological tools we have at our disposal will allow us to do that!”
Fernando FERNÁNDEZ, Manager at Aragón Agency for Development (IAF), Region of Aragón (Spain)
“Young people are trying to do something beautiful for our society. With the support of the EU and its member countries and donors, we can bring a lot of good practices to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans.”
Ismail ŠEHIĆ, Director of Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities (BRAVO)