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Culture and employment
As part of employment policy, the European Union and the Member States jointly invest in programmes aimed at developing skills and improving job prospects for Europeans.
The European Union has also developed EURES, a network of European employment partners designed to help job seekers in Europe, including jobs in the fine arts and craft trades.
The more specialised CORTEX European forum, set up under the Leonardo da Vinci programme, provides a platform for interaction between culture professionals, young graduates and trainers in the cultural engineering field, together with databases on job opportunities and training courses in the cultural sector.
Lastly, the Commission is interested in the potential of culture as a socially cohesive and employment factor in Europe, which also include in this context the information society. It has also carried out studies on the exploitation and development of job potential in the cultural sector in the age of digitalisation as well as the mobility and employment of artists.
On 17 December 1999, the Council adopted conclusions on cultural industries and employment in Europe, calling on the Commission and the Member States to take this potential into account in their actions, programmes and policies.
|Last update: 03-05-2006|