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Prior to Brexit in 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) played a pioneering role within the European Union when it came to researching market mechanisms for the international creative industries and representing their interests in other European countries. One reason for this was that the UK was the first European country to recognize the growing importance of the “creative economies” as a future growing economic field more than 30 years ago. In order to cushion the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on the European cultural and creative industries and to improve their innovative strength and competitiveness, the Creative Impact Research Centre Europe (CIRCE) has now been established. In this way, know-how is to be secured and expanded on the basis of current problems. The German part of CIRCE in Berlin has now been launched by Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture.

CIRCE is funded by the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) from the budget of the Minister of State for Culture with around 7.3 million euros. The international network is headquartered in Berlin. In addition, there are research laboratories in London, San Sebastián, Tallinn and Zurich. The project is supported by an international advisory board made up of experts from the fields of culture, science and business. Together with a British network of experts and other European countries, CIRCE will develop recommendations for a Europe-wide program of measures to strengthen the sector. The results should be available by the end of 2023.

Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth said, “The cultural and creative industries are an important bridge builder in and outside Europe. That is why, in the wake of Brexit, we must do everything we can to strengthen the international competitiveness of Europe’s cultural and creative industries and improve the earning opportunities of innovative small cultural enterprises and freelance artists. With the joint project CIRCE, we are setting a new research framework in the EU for this purpose, in particular also to secure established know-how and established cooperation formats for the European cultural and creative industries.”

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