ECIA – European Creative Industries Alliance

European Creative Industries Alliance

The European Commission is working in collaboration with the "European Creative Industries Alliance" (ECIA) to ensure more align the strategies and funding policies on the creative industries. ECIA develops strategies and concepts that aim to strengthen the creative industries in Europe as a catalyst for the development of innovative services and products. According to the “European Objectives 2020”, the potential of the creative sector should better be used for a dynamical growth and innovative economy. The ECIA project is part of the CIP framework program for competitiveness and innovation, which is launched in January 2012 and runs until the end of 2014.

The "Policy learning platform" supports networking and sharing of strategies and best practices for the benefit of SMEs in the creative industries in Europe. It provides information about innovation strategies and funding opportunities. The results of the European Creative Industries Alliance are also considered in the development of EU Structural Funds guidelines and other EU programs (eg research, culture, trade, EIB and mobility) 

Further information about ECIA:

The ECIA consortium consists of six European partners

  • AMEC Board – Johanna van Antwerpen/Amsterdam 
  • Provinz Milan/Economic Development – Myriam Camarero/Mailand 
  • The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises/Project Future – Tanja Muehlhans/Berlin 
  • Catalan Institute for Cultural Industries (ICIC) – Edgar Garcia Casellas/Barcelona 
  • City of Tampere – Tuija Mannila/Tampere 
  • Nantes Métropole – Boris Meggiorin/Nantes


  • Innovation Vouchers – Mailand 
  • Access to financing – Barcelona 
  • Networks and Clusters – Berlin 
  • Cross Innovation/Internalization – Nantes 
  • Demand-driven Innovation models – Tampere
Tanja Mühlhans
Tanja Mühlhans

Management of Creative and Media Industry, Digital Economy, Projekt Zukunft


Berlins engagement/results

The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises/Project Future supervised the work packages "networks and clusters" and works closely with the Concrete Actions (Cluster 2020, Coventry and European Creative Cluster Lab, MFG Baden-Württemberg).

In September 2012, Project Future has organized an ECIA conference with the Steering Commitee, as part of the Berlin Music Week, which also inclueded meetings and workshops on “Cluster Indicators” and “Cross Innovation”. More than 180 participants from 70 European partner cities joined the ECIA conference. 

The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises/Project Future, developed together with the VDI/VDE-IT the study "Successful Creative and Cultural Clusters – Measuring Outcomes and Their Impacts Framework with new tools ", which is available for download.

The study is about how clusters and networks can be stimulated in the creative field and which success factors and challenges in networking are important. Core of the study is an indicator model by which the effectiveness and impact of cluster management and it services can be measured. 

The aim is to make the work of creative cluster in Europe more effective. Currently workshops are running for the management level of creative networks in Europe, where the indicator model further developed.

As part of the Berlin Web Week 2014, an ECIA Study Visit of European network partners takes place. Numerous studies in the topics "Access to Finance", "Innovation Vouchers" and " Cluster Excellence " can be downloaded here.