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European Politicians, Entertainment Execs Meet

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — European Union policy-makers and representatives of the music, movie and media industry are gathering in Vienna today, March 2, and Friday, to discuss and create plans for spurring the creative economy.

Ministers, EU commissioners, and European members of parliament will discuss how to best use technology to stimulate the entertainment and IT sectors, with CEOs and other major representatives of entertainment trade groups, according to

The session also creates an opportunity for government and business to meet at a time when regulators and the industry are dealing with various media issues together.

EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, EU culture commissioner Jan Figel, Austrian arts and media minister Franz Morak, Impala president Michel Lambot and edel music’s Hans-Martin Gutsch are among the major participants in the conference.

The meeting was organized by the EU Austrian presidency, and aims to boost awareness on the economic, social and legal issues related to content and creative industries.

“A coherent policy is needed more than ever to coordinate the various policy fields concerned, both at European and at national level,” said an Austrian government spokesperson in a statement. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers