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European Union Studies Creative Economy

European Union policymakers are gathering in Vienna, Austria, for a brainstorming conference with representatives from the movie, music and media industries to hammer out ideas for spurring the creative economy in Europe.

Ministers, EU commissioners and European Members of Parliament will discuss with CEOs and trade groups how best to use technology to spur the entertainment and IT sectors. It also is billed by organizers as a chance for all involved to understand the various issues at a time when regulators and business are dealing heavily with one another in various media sectors.

The conference will include EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes; EU Culture Commissioner Jan Figel; Austrian Arts and Media Minister Franz Morak; Eurimages president Jacques Toubon; of Austrian state broadcaster ORF head Monika Lindner; the European Broadcasting Union's Jean Reveillon; and Vivendi Universal's Sylvie Forbin.

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