About

The International Cultural and Creative Industries Regulatory Authority (ICCIRA) is a nonprofit, multi selective, interactive, legal advisory and policy organisation, currently based in Brussels, Belgium (1). The ICCIRA was founded by Panayiotis Neufelt, in March 2014.

Since 2014, the ICCIRA administrators has been working with field associates in several countries creating an independent data source, which has allowed to the ICCIRA organsiation to create a clear view regarding the local, national and international needs of cultural actors.

Panayiotis is also the Founder-Chairman of the International Independent and the Arts Council Greece. The International Independent and the Arts Council Greece are co-founding organisations to the International Cultural and Creative Industries Regulatory Authority (ICCIRA).

The ICCIRA’s aim is to contribute to the creation of the Cultural and Creative Industries Regulatory Framework. The ICCIRA is an innovative proposal for matters related to legal and regulatory research, developments and implementation aiming to recommend equally sound standards of other regulators.

During the same period, a letter was sent to the UNESCO (via UN) requesting support for the formation of the International Cultural and Creative Industries Regulatory Authority and framework. Today, UNESCO produces research and delivers recommendations in relation to the creation of the Global Legal Cultural and Creative Framework.

Cultures, now more than ever, face the constraints of an imperfect system and inadequate approaches, leading to imbalances and inequalities. The following constraints appear to be of great importance.

  • The non-related increase in growth of the cultural sectors to the connected industries.
  • The relation between the financial systems and the cultural and creative organisations’ actual developments.
  • Undermining the understanding of producers’ productivities and results.
  • National and international tensions which affect negatively the cultures, the local and international productions.
  • Weak and inappropriate bilateral agreements, which do not represent or reflect the needs of the local cultural actors.
  • International cultural and creative trading dependencies, which often are non-regulated.
  • Lack of stability because of imbalances in productivities concerning consumption patterns.
  • Lack of protection and preservation of the cultural heritage globally.
  • Oppression of creativity, knowledge and education.
  • The lack of a strong, unique, single and international legal system for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Industries.

Culture is possibly the largest industry internationally, in terms of fiscal impact. Culture along with creativity and the arts is the lever and the backbone of every production, at every stage. Arts and Culture are the indicators of the human evolution .

It is necessary to identify new workable international cultural policies that reflect the contemporary needs of our societies. There is an immense need for a Global Regulatory Framework.

Therefore, people should work together with confidence, productively, openly and safely both for a better society and a better civilisation.

  1. The ICCIRA has divided its production between Athens, Greece and Brussels, Belgium. There is a strong interest in relocating the organisation to Greece due to reduced running costs and other related factors, culturalised environment and lovely weather conditions.

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