Project facts

Duration: 2019-08-01 - 2022-07-31
Project coordinator: UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND
Project consortium: Municipality of Leeuwarden (NL), Inqubator Foundation (NL), Materahub Creative and Cultural Industries (IT), Municipality of Rijika (HR), Municipality of Timisoara (RO), Vytautas Magnus University Centre for Entreprise Practices (LT)
Funding bodies: Interreg Europe
Subject areas: Tourism, Sustainability, Community involvement, Heritage Management, Economic value
Budget: € 1 163 171

Presentation

The ECoC-SME will improve five Policy Instruments in the regions of the Partnership to promote a lasting positive impact of the European Capital of Culture on socioeconomic development. This is to be achieved by strengthening entrepreneurship and creative industries, creating jobs, supporting smart and sustainable growth. Through intensive and broad engagement of regional Stakeholder Groups, various types of local actors (municipalities, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce, universities, small businesses, ECoC management centres, etc.) will enhance their professional capacities by participating in the project's Local Learning Labs, as well as create long-term co-operation networks.

ECoC-SME will push the partner regions to broaden their perspective and think beyond the obvious sectors such as tourism & 'traditional' cultural services.

The project will fill the gap in terms of lacking explicit guidelines by the European Capital of Culture Programme to future cultural capitals as regards SME development.

Impacts & Results

The ECoC-SME will improve five Policy Instruments in the regions of the Partnership to promote a lasting positive impact of the European Capital of Culture on socioeconomic development. This is to be achieved by strengthening entrepreneurship and creative industries, creating jobs, supporting smart and sustainable growth. Through intensive and broad engagement of regional Stakeholder Groups, various types of local actors (municipalities, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce, universities, small businesses, ECoC management centres, etc.) will enhance their professional capacities by participating in the project's Local Learning Labs, as well as create long-term co-operation networks.

ECoC-SME will push the partner regions to broaden their perspective and think beyond the obvious sectors such as tourism & 'traditional' cultural services.

The project will fill the gap in terms of lacking explicit guidelines by the European Capital of Culture Programme to future cultural capitals as regards SME development.