On 27 April 2010, the European Commission's DG Education and Culture launched an online public consultation. The deadline for submissions is 30 July 2010.
The consultation is linked to the Green Paper "Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries", which aims to spark a debate on the requirements of a stimulating creative environment for the EU's cultural and creative industries (CCIs). Inter alia, the Green Paper highlights the Commission's intention to create a single market for online content and services, a balanced regulatory framework governing the management of intellectual property rights, measures to facilitate cross-border online content services, the fostering of multi-territorial licences, adequate protection and remuneration for rightholders and active support for the digitisation of Europe's rich cultural heritage. Within the Strategy on Intellectual Property, the Commission will also focus on the use and management of rights.
The public consultation focuses on questions like:
• How to stimulate private investment and improve access to finance CCIs?
• Which tools should be foreseen or reinforced at EU level to promote cooperation, exchanges and trade between the EU CCIs and third countries?
• How can "creative partnerships" be promoted between CCIs and education institutions / businesses / administrations?
• How to support the better use of existing intermediaries and the development of a variety of intermediaries acting as an interface between artistic and creative communities and CCIs on the one hand, and education institutions / businesses and administrations, on the other hand?