CICERONE POLICY FORUM 23 March 2023: register now

The CICERONE partners invite you to join the CICERONE POLICY FORUM on 23 March at Comet Louise in Brussels, from 9.00-16.00 CET.

Register here before 18 March.

CICERONE has entered its final stages and the forum represents one of the closing events before the drafting of future policy recommendations.

Who are the CCS? What is wrong with the current data set that underpins or justifies policy actions? What is the relevance of the different governance levels and the power dynamics?  Does it make sense to move towards a EU policy framework for CCS? What are the objectives of the Cultural Economy Observatory that is being developed?  How to build coherence between cultural and industrial policy objectives?

The Policy Forum will address these questions and will open doors to CCS representative bodies and policymakers to learn about a new approach to apprehending CCS and capturing its value both economically and socially and to contribute to the development of effective policy recommendations for the future.


9:30 – 10:00 | Opening by Catherine Magnant (Head of the Cultural Policy Unit of the European Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture) on EU Policy Making and the Cultural and Creative Sectors: challenges and issues.

10:00 – 11:00 | Cicerone to improve understanding of CCS presented by Robert Kloosterman (Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, University of Amsterdam) and Marianna d’Ovidio (Associate Professor of Urban Sociology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy).

11:15 – 11:45 | Moving beyond siloes. A multi-level Policy Framework for understanding CCS Production Networks presented by Robert Kloosterman and Dominic Power (Professor of Economic Geography, University of Stockholm).

11:45 – 12:15 | Multilevel governance in local and regional ecosystems through CCS
Production Networks
presented by Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway (Associate Professor of Economics, University of Barcelona).

Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:00 | Strengthening CCS representation and impact of policy networks presented by Philippe Kern & Josep Maria Folch (KEA).

14:00 – 14:45 | Towards a Cultural Economy Observatory presented by Andy C. Pratt (Professor of Cultural Economy, City University London).

15:15 – 16:00 | Panel discussion on Lessons learned from applying a CCS policy framework based on a Production network approach.

Panelist: Robert Kloosterman, Andy C. Pratt, Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, Lidia Greco (Associate Professor of Economic and Labour Sociology, University of Bari), and Dorota Ilczuk (Professor of Economics and Cultural Management – SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities– Poland). Moderated by Philippe Kern.

16:00 | Conclusions and Next Steps.

Please find attached the programme as well as a background note.


CICERONE is a 4-year H2020 research project funded by the European Union. It is looking into better capturing the value of the Culture and Creative Sectors (CCS) via the Production Network method. It addresses data gaps leading to improper valuation and understanding of the CCS in developing industrial and cultural strategies for now and the future. The Production Network approach, as applied to the CCS, has the potential to transform the narrative on the contribution of CCS to society.

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