It’s been slightly more than a year ever since the Action Plan of the Emilia-Romagna Region, drafted by ART-ER, was approved by the Interreg Europe program and let us tell you: what a year it has been!

If you are eager to know more about what has happened within regional CCIs and how the implementation of the actions foreseen in the programme is going, don’t miss our brief recap below.

But before diving into the details… Do you remember what an Action Plan is?

It is a document each partner participating in an Interreg Europe project needs to produce at the end of the first phase (which lasts 3 years), which defines the activities that should be developed on the territory in the two following years, also known as second phase.

The Cultural and Creative sector of Emilia-Romagna has been one of the main characters of our regional ecosystem.

After the confirmation of this field in the Smart Specialization Strategy 2021-2027 also thanks to the initiatives carried out during the first phase of the RegionArts project, in 2022, ART-ER started a working group aiming at gathering the most relevant regional stakeholders supporting the growth of CCIs. This action, foreseen in the Action Plan, intends to foster a concrete and permanent dialogue among intermediaries, policy-makers and service providers. Indeed, it is by encouraging connections among a diverse group of players operating at different levels within CCIs that open dynamics and new innovations can be fostered. At the same time, such a varied group can more easily highlight gaps and needs of the sector and provide suggestions to the regional government.

This action has also spread the first seeds for the realization of better call for proposals for the cultural sector, which should integrate technology and digital elements: this will be further developed in the next following months.

It is also worth mentioning that ART-ER is a partner of the newly born KIC dedicated to CCIs… an achievement that would have not been reached without its full commitment to supporting CCIs and their technological development, also thanks to the knowledge acquired through RegionArts.