Wallonia, European Creative District!

  • 26.02.2013

In October 2010, at the initiative of Jean-Claude Marcourt, Vice-President of the Walloon Government, Minister of Economy, SMEs, Foreign Trade and New Technologies, the Walloon Government launched the Creative Wallonia framework program to place creativity and innovation at the heart of the economy and society in Wallonia
After two years of implementation, this ambitious strategy has attracted the attention of the European Commission. After having described it as exemplary in an official Communication to the European institutions, the European Commission has elevated Wallonia to the rank of European Creative District – one of the first two of its kind in the European Union.

Wallonia Creative District
The projects of Wallonia and Tuscany have been chosen among forty-four European territories. Through this initiative, DG Enterprise and Industry intends to highlight the role that CCIs (Creative and Cultural Industries) can play in the transformation of a region in industrial transition by adding value to its economy through design, creativity and the contribution of cross-sectoral collaborations, so as to enable it to achieve a strong positioning in globalized value chains.

An initiative supported by several Walloon partners
The consortium formed by five Walloon actors at the forefront of innovation and creativity (SPW/DG06, Wallonie Design, St’art Invest, the Walloon Telecommunications Agency and ID campus) is determined to confirm Creative Wallonia as a “large-scale demonstrator” by strengthening the dynamics and opening it up internationally. The project is coordinated by the SPW/DGO6. The TWIST and Infopôle TIC clusters are also associated partners. Each actor is the leader of one or more actions according to his or her areas of specialization.

Benefits for Wallonia and Europe
From January 2013 to July 2015, this project will position Creative Wallonia as a reference plan at the European level, develop trans-regional partnerships and multiply collaboration opportunities for Walloon public and private actors. Wallonia Creative District will also allow to realize an international benchmark of the Creative Wallonia plan and to identify good practices for other European regions
More info : on the website of Creative Wallonia

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