Policies for cultural CREative industries: the HUB for innovative regional development - CRE:HUB

Programme: Interreg Europe

Theme: SME competitiveness

Lead Partner: Basilicata Region (Italy)

Partner Countries: Latvia, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Portugal, Hungary and Italy 

Duration:  1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2020 (Phase I 01/04/2016-30/09/2018; Phase II 01/10/2018-30/06/2020)

Total budget: EUR 1,484,478. CRE:HUB project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund at a rate of 85% under the INTERREG EUROPE programme = EUR 1,243,762.90



Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) represent highly innovative SMEs and their promotion can effectively increase regional competiveness and job creation capacity. For participating regions CCIs represent a strategic sector of development as underlined in many of their RIS3 documents. Despite the dynamic and innovative field of action, CCIs encounter difficulties in access to credit and lack resources to enhance their competitiveness on the global market, build effective partnerships, extend their activity to other countries.

CRE:HUB overall objective is to improve 8 programmes for Investement for Growth and Jobs (TO3) to support creation and development of new SMEs in CCI sector at regional and national level, thanks to fruitful cooperation among regions with different level of capacities and experiences in CCIs supporting policies. CRE:HUB will concretely result in improvements of the management of policy instruments addressed (way to organise calls, select projects; coordination among regional policy instruments at regional/interregional level; new methodology for monitoring/evaluating policies), in implementation of new projects and in change of some OPs addressed. Policy changes will be tailored to meet specific CCIs needs (partnership creation, collaborations with different productive sectors, internationalization,entrepreneurial capacities,access to credit,etc.). CRE:HUB outputs are oriented to Managing Authorities of Investment for Growth and Jobs programmes and the whole regional CCIs policy and productive systems will benefit from them.

In Latvia enhancement of competitiveness of SMEs should be linked with the development of creative industries and other innovation-based and high added-value activities, and it is also necessary to ensure adequate preconditions for the development of cultural infrastructure by promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Support in the framework of this specific support objective will contribute to achievement of StrategyBalticSeaRegion goals, facilitating increase of interregional trade volume. 

Main CRE:HUB outputs are: CCIs regional/SWOT analysis; analysis of main regional experiences and lessons learnt; roadmaps to integrate lessons learnt; study visits; working sessions of policy stakeholder groups; on-field evaluations/peer reviews of CCIs regional policy systems; common system of monitoring and evaluation of CCI policies; action plans to implement policy changes; policy recommendations; interregional events. 

CRE:HUB Cultural and Creative Industries JOINT REPORT

CRE:HUB State of the Art of the CCI Sector in Latvia 

CRE:HUB Peer Review Joint Report

CRE:HUB Peer Review Report for Latvia

CRE:HUB CCI Roadmap (Latvia)

CRE:HUB list of Good Practices


CRE:HUB website: http://www.interregeurope.eu/crehub/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Crehub/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crehub_project 

Project Manager: Zane Zeibote, zzeibote1@gmail.com

Project coordinator: Denīze Ponomarjova,  denize.ponomarjova@lu.lv,  Ph.: (+371) 28241115;









CRE:HUB summary on the Study Visits