Industry must be placed centre stage if Europe is to remain a global economic leader. This is the core message of the European Commission's Communication on "An integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era". The Communication, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy
, sets out a strategy that aims to boost growth and jobs by maintaining and supporting a strong, diversified and competitive industrial base in Europe offering well-paid jobs while becoming less carbon intensive. Among others, it says that "the cultural and creative industries are important drivers of economic and social innovation in other sectors"
. The Communication is accompanied by the annual European Competitiveness Report, containing a long section on creative industries. The report highlights that "creative industries are increasingly a source of growth in the EU
", accounting for "3.3% of total EU GDP and 3% of employment". It stresses that "recent findings at the regional level for ten EU countries show that the creative industries had a positive and significant effect on the growth rate of local GDP per capita in 2002-2007". Finally, the report underlines that "creative industries stand out because of their propensity for innovation
" and that "they are not only innovators themselves but have also been an important driver for innovation
[as] they account for increasing inputs in the development of other sectors". You can read the two documents on the Europa website