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Published:  24 Feb 2023

Commissioner Gabriel hosts first roundtable with representatives of the cultural and creative sectors

On Tuesday 21 February, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel presented the first of three roundtables with selected high-level representatives of the cultural and creative sectors and industries in Europe.

European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel with the participants of the roundtable with representatives from the cultural and creative sectors

The objective of these roundtables is to strengthen the ecosystem of cultural and creative sectors and industries, and to enhance direct communication channels between the commissioner and stakeholders of the sector. The roundtable took place in the European Commission’s premises and focused on the challenges, opportunities and needs of the sectors.

Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Gabriel said:

The cultural and creative sectors are very important for our societies, as they are critical to a shared sense of European identity, culture and values. In economic terms, cultural and creative sectors and industries show above-average growth and job creation – and that in particular for young people.

In her speech, commissioner Gabriel invited the participants to think about connecting the different elements of the ecosystem and how to maximize its potential. To do so in a timely manner, participants are encouraged to combine different EU instruments to achieve these ambitions and building our common future. She emphasised the leading role of innovation and digitisation in the sector.

Participants took the floor to mention the challenges they face, but also the solutions that could be implemented, such as networking opportunities, nurturing the integration of small rural areas, and embracing a new strategic vision for a pan-European cultural policy framework. Some common challenges were identified, calling for a sector-wide answer to arise from the roundtable series.

These were the participants

  • Assen ASSENOV – Director of ONE Foundation Culture and Arts, organizer of the One Dance Week Festival
  • Barbara BUDRICH – Head of Verlag Barbara Budrich
  • Anita DEBAERE – Director of Pearle* Live Performance Europe
  • José Luis DE VICENTE – Director of Barcelona’s Design Museum, DHUB
  • Bernd FESEL – Interim Chief Executive Officer, EIT Culture & Creativity
  • Héloïse FONTANEL – Head of European and International Public Affairs of the SACEM
  • Michel HLADKY – Director of Creative Industry Košice
  • Carina JAATINEN – Director of Museum of Finnish Architecture
  • Jari-Pekka KALEVA – Director of European Games Developer Federation
  • Scott LIPINSKI – CEO of Fashion Council Germany and European Fashion Alliance
  • Dario NARDELLA – President of Eurocities
  • Stéphane SEGRETO-AGUILAR – Head of International Development at ARTCENA and Circostrada coordinator
  • Gerfried STOCKER - artistic director of Ars Electronica

The next meetings are scheduled to take place in April and June 2023.


The European budget allocated to support the cultural and creative sectors is higher than ever before. For the period 2021-2027, it includes a reinforced budget for Creative Europe (€2.44 billion), the first ever cluster dedicated to culture and creativity within the Research and Innovation programme, Horizon Europe (€2.28 billion), a newly launched Knowledge and Innovation Community for culture and creativity (with a budget of up to €400 million), and more than €10 billion targeting the Cultural and Creative Industries under the EU-funded National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Tagged in:  Creative Europe
Published:  24 Feb 2023