The BEDA members’ gathering on 25 and 26 September will take place in Brussels as part of the ERRIN Design Days 2013.
The programme includes a session on European funding for Creative and Cultural Industries with relevant parties on the 25th of September from 14:00 to 18:00 and attendance at the Design Days on the 26th 9:00 to 18:00, with a specific workshop for BEDA and ERRIN members in the afternoon.
Ludovico Monforte, Head of EU Brussels Office for the Lombardy region in Italy, said:
“It is increasingly important for the Creative and Cultural Industries sector to be involved in developing the economy for growth. The first session on the 25th will be about European policies, with officers from several Directorates of the European Commission attending.
This will be followed by two parallel sessions – one will consider how to more successfully include the CCI sector in regional strategies. This session will feature best practice examples of how regions are doing this.
The other session will be about how SMEs access private finance and Creative Europe, the new umbrella organisation for all EU cultural and media programmes.
This will be followed by a networking session considering European platforms for stakeholders – how are they working, and how can people get involved? This session is already near to capacity, with few places left. Those attending include public authorities, Chambers of Commerce, organisations promoting creativity and culture across Europe, and representatives of European institutions – the European Commission, the European parliament and other similar bodies.
BEDA members will be able to see how they can use opportunities provided by European institutions to boost design. It is also an excellent opportunity for benchmarking activity against others – comparing regional strategies, gathering new ideas, sharing best practice in order to leave with new ideas.”
Richard Tuffs, Director of ERRIN, said, “Following the successful 2012 edition of Design Days, the ERRIN regions are the driving force behind the 2013 EU Design Days in Brussels. This partnership of regions within ERRIN is the key to a successful event and this partnership approach also extends to other design networks, projects and agencies. This year, ERRIN is very pleased to invite the BEDA president Isabel Roig as one of our keynote speakers. The EU Design Days are all about bringing a diverse audience of public policy makers, development and innovation agencies, and designers together from across Europe. This year’s edition of the EU Design Days will be a one-day event covering the use of design in the public sector, the support for design from the public sector and integrating design in innovation policies. More information is available on the EU Design Days website, www.eudesigndays.eu. ”