Creative FED


As the successor to the European Creative Business Network (ECBN), the Creative FED continues to build on the achievements and results of previous initiatives. The Creative FED also continuous the successful work of over 10 years CCI advocacy to create a level paling field for European creative talents.

The Creative FED advocates for specific policy initiatives and actions that benefit the cultural and creative industries. It also represents its supporters in major European events and debates where issues related to or impacting cultural and creative businesses are discussed. Please review the following selection of actions below.

The latest news and insights about our ongoing projects and policy recommendations can be found in our Press Releases section.

Creative Placemaking

In the domain of creative placemaking, the challenges within the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) underscore substantial gaps in entrepreneurship, transversal skills, and collaboration between research entities and businesses. These gaps stem from limited interaction among cultural and creative clusters, innovation actors, and a noticeable absence of creative and artistic expertise in vital social development endeavors. Addressing these challenges highlights the urgent requirement for a cohesive and robust CCI ecosystem capable of integrating diverse sectors and skills to foster sustainable societal advancement.

Regional Pact for Skills

Since 2022, ECBN/CreativeFED has been co-managing the Large Skills Partnership for the European Pact for Skills. In 2024, CreativeFED became the lead in the SACCORD project, funded by the European Union. Under SACCORD, CreativeFED is entrusted with establishing regional skills partnerships. If your organization is interested in participating or creating a Regional Creative Skills Partnership, please Email Us.

Greening CCIs

In 2024, CreativeFED initiated two CCI Greening projects with other partners. The first, GreenCCIrcle focuses on promoting eco-friendly practices among CCI actors and enterprises. The second, Label4Future explores the potential of CCIs to facilitate green innovation, helping other sectors transition into the circular economy.

Over the past two years, the EFCE/ECBN has been identifying the necessary future skill sets and competences that European CCIs need to master the triple transition. And also through the engagement in the Creative Pact for Skills, the EFCE emphasizes the importance of re- and upskilling European CCIs for 2023. Throughout the year, the EFCE places great emphasis on skill development to ensure that everyone can participate in promoting and benefiting from Europe's recovery and green transformation, leaving no one behind.

Pact for Skills

In her April 2023 State of the Union address, European President Ursula von der Leyen declared 2023 the European Year of Skills. As a result, this year's European Creative Industries Summit (#ECIS23) was organized in two parts. The first part, the #ECIS23 Assembly, was jointly organized by ECBN and RISE and will took place on February 15th in Umeå, Sweden. The second event, the #ECIS23 closing conference, was a collaboration between ECBN, the Region of Skåne, and City of Helsingborg. Both events will where held under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and welcomed over 300 visitors and 550 online participants.

Decolonise Innovation - Decolonisation of the Mind

Decolonise Innovation needs the Decolonisation of the Mind. The European Creative Industry Summit (#ECIS) held in Bilbao emphasized the imperative of acknowledging the unlearning of existing paths and harnessing new ideas for innovation in the urgent context of societal, digital, and environmental transformations. It underscored the significance of valuing traditional and local knowledge systems, heritage, and crafts in advancing towards a sustainable future. Moreover, the Summit highlighted the necessity of decolonizing innovation to foster inclusive and equitable technological approaches. By promoting diverse and inclusive mindsets in creativity and innovation, new ideas and technologies can be developed to better serve societal and environmental needs.

All Green

The European Creative Industries Summit (#ECIS22) "ALL GREEN" was a collaborative event between the ECBN and Creative Prague. It consisted of four parts, starting with the ECIS Assembly on April 21, on the United Nations Day for Creativity and Innovation. Followed by Breakout sessions at the Graz Design Month in May, and the final event in Prague was organized under the auspices of the Czech EU Presidency 2022. Over 1,087 participants joined the sessions online or onsite and discussed the necessity of the Green Transition and what European creative talents can contribute.

New European Bauhaus

One of the breakout sessions of #ECIS22 was held in Brussels as part of the New European Bauhaus Festival. The ECBN invited speakers to contribute to this year's "All Green" topic and share their insights and viewpoints about the Green Deal. They discussed how Europe can bring forward initiatives and projects to support the triple transition.

Pact For Skills

The European Commission has launched the "Pact for Skills", a shared engagement model for skills development in Europe. ECBN was asked to co-organsie a Large Scale Partnership for the Creative Pact for Skills (C-P4S) for the Culture and Creative Ecosystem. With more than 200 Companies, workers, national, regional, and local authorities, social partners, cross-industry and sectoral organizations, education and training providers, chambers of commerce, and employment services as members.

Future Unlocked – the European Creative Industries Summit (#ECIS21) contributed to the unlocked potentials of the European creative economy and recovery of Europe. After more than a year of lockdown, this year's European Creative Industries Summit shed light on the bright future of Europe with support of cultural creatives - from local to global, from live to digital.

The conference attempted to address urgent challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, it aimed to initiate forward-looking conversations about the potential contributions of the Culture and Creative Sector towards a new green deal. To confront future crises, the conference emphasized the need for skill acquisition and lifelong support for creatives. Moreover, the conference aimed to provide information about the new EU Horizon program and EU project funding, as well as to highlight projects for creative administration and bureaucracy.

The conference Future Unlocked! was a joint event by the European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS21), and the Centre for Creativity Slovenia which is hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was held in Lubljana, Slovenia from September 11th to 12th.

What a year! Even today we are unable to comprehend fully what the pandemic 2020 left us with: The pandemic hits everyone, either on a personal, economic or global level, we are all affected The fact we know so far is a drop in sales for the creative industries by a third or even 50% in some sectors. The event industry was the first to close and the last to reopen, and a steep personal learning curve for the means of digital communication. These are only few of the things that no one had foreseen at the beginning of 2020.

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