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Netherlands/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

Some parts of the creative industries belong to the fastest growing sectors in the Dutch economy. In cooperation with creative companies and science and education institutes, central government invests in the creative industries. By connecting knowledge, creative entrepreneurs and the business world, the Dutch creative-industry sector aims to make the Netherlands one of the most creative economies in Europe by 2020. In 2011, central government started its "top-sector policy", whereby the government invests in the nine most promising innovative sectors in the Netherlands: creative industries, agriculture & food, chemicals industry, energy, high tech industries, life sciences and health, horticulture, logistics and water. Within the creative-industry cluster, the top-sector policy focuses on (pop) music and dance, media and entertainment, film, architecture, design, fashion, gaming, and advertising. For every top sector a top team is appointed.The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science funds the Creative Industries Fund NL [Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie]. The fund has eight different programmes (see chapter 8.1.1). In 2012, the Dutch Creative Council was established as an advisory body for the creative companies and umbrella organisations. Furthermore, three former institutes concerning the creative industries (architecture, design and  e-culture)  merged  into  the  New Institute  [Het  Nieuwe  Instituut], which organises exhibitions, lectures and fellowships, carries out research and development projects, and publishes outcomes within the three programmes:Landscape and Interior, Objects and Materials, and annual themes. The Federation Dutch Creative Industries [Federatie Dutch Creatieve Industries] represents eight branches and professional organisations with a total share of over EUR 11 billion to the Gross national product (GNP).

The agenda of the Dutch top-sector policy explicitly links up with the European Horizon 2020 agenda. Both the Dutch creative industries and the European Horizon 2020 agenda have a strong focus on "the great challenges" like climate change, health and ageing of the population.

Chapter published: 13-03-2017

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