E.U. culture ministers gathered for an informal meeting in Barcelona have unanimously moved “to put culture at the heart of the 2020 strategy,” which will act as a framework for a more competitive and sustainable economy during this decade.
“The statement was made at the end of the meeting chaired by the Spanish minister, Ángeles González-Sinde, who was responsible for announcing a document signed and supported by all of the European ministers of culture.
This document acknowledges the creative and economic potential of European culture and its creative industries, as well as the need for all Member States to work in a harmonized and sustainable way to adapt to the new business models arising from the change from analogue to digital.
To achieve this, they are proposing a series of initiatives relating to ‘innovation, competitiveness, the digital agenda, and social inclusion’ as well as a popular consultation among professionals and citizens to clear the future of European culture, as explained by the European commissioner for culture, Androulla Vassiliou …
They also stressed the need to implement common cultural policies as well as creating a European judicial framework for a sector that generates five million jobs and represents 2.6% of the GDP of all E.U. countries.
These will be supported by the data included in the ‘Green Paper on Cultural Industries by the European Commission,’ which will be published on April 28, 2010. ‘Culture is essential for strengthening Europe around the world,’ concluded González-Sinde.”