“The ministers of culture of the 27 Member States recognize that a strategic investment in culture is vital for strengthening a dynamic creative society and creating jobs in the European Union,” according to the European Commission’s website.
The E.C. notes that “on May 12 the ministers of culture of the E.U. Member States adopted Council Conclusions on culture as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. This policy document is based on the second pillar of the European Agenda for Culture in a globalizing world.
“The document highlights the specific contribution culture and cultural players can make to creativity, which is in turn a powerful driver for the innovation necessary to generate economic growth, competitiveness, and employment in Europe. It therefore calls for a broad concept of innovation going beyond technological innovation as part of the Lisbon strategy beyond 2010.
“It calls in particular for cultural policies better targeted at promoting creativity, for better synergies between the cultural sector and other sectors of the economy, for stronger links between cultural and other relevant policies, as well as for measures to better nurture creative talents at E.U., national, regional, and local levels.” The document is available in English from the European Commission website.