Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Dominique Ristori, JRC Director-General, participated in the JRC conference on cultural and creative industries.© EU, 2013
Science in support of growth and jobs in the cultural and creative industries
The JRC held its first high-level conference on 24 October on cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and what role science can play to support growth and jobs in this sector and other fields.
Although some regions and national governments do well, still many places in Europe have no strategies to tap into the cultural and creative sectors to boost jobs and innovation, even though their potential is very high. According to the 2010 European Commission's Competitiveness Report CCIs accounted for 3.3% of GDP and employed 6.7 million in the EU. Since the start of the economic crisis in 2008, they also proved to be more resilient and have a higher growth rate. In addition, CCIs have indirect impacts on other sectors (or "spill-over effects"), such as social inclusion, innovation stimulation and the creation of new products in the fields of ICT, tourism, education or regional development.
Since the dynamics underlying the cultural and creative sectors and their impact on the economy and society are currently still poorly understood, the JRC launched the "Scientific support for Cultural and Creative Industries" initiative to create a network of policy-makers, industry representatives, scientists and academics which can identify the scientific needs (better metrics or stronger evidence for example) to exploit the potential of CCIs to the fullest.
The focus of this first high-level meeting was mapping and how to best measure the spill-over effects of CCIs and analysing how the role of CCIs can be strengthened in the socio-economic development and regions. The conference was officially opened by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the JRC, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Paul Dujardin, Director-General of BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and Dieter Gorny, Director of the European Centre for Creative Economy.