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Brussels (BE) - 24/10/13

Scientific support for growth and jobs: cultural and creative industries


The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is organising a Round Table on the theme "Scientific support for growth and jobs: cultural and creative industries" to be held in Brussels on 24 October 2013.

The economic performance of the cultural and creative sectors is now widely recognised: in 2010 they accounted for 3.3% of GDP and employed 6.7 million people in the EU (3 % of total employment) . Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) have also proved to be more resilient than many other sectors of the EU economy since 2008 and they have a higher growth rate.

Besides their direct contribution to growth and jobs, the CCIs have also numerous indirect impacts, either by inducing activities in other sectors or by stimulating innovation and the creation of new products, new processes or new social fabric and patterns. These so called "spill-over effects" which remain much less-known spread over a wide variety of fields including innovative SMEs, ICT, tourism, education, science, social innovation, urban regeneration or regional development.

However, despite the strong potential of CCIs for growth and jobs, they remain a largely untapped resource for the EU 2020 strategy. While some regions or national governments have successfully implemented strategies, there are still many places in Europe were this is not the case due to a lack of awareness, insufficient political recognition or weak strategic alliances. This is why the European Commission adopted a Communication in 2012 which proposes a strategy to exploit further the potential of the cultural and creative sectors.

One of the main issues faced at this stage is that we still have an insufficient understanding of the dynamics that underlie CCIs and of their wider impact on the economy and society. While anecdotal evidence abounds, this evidence remains too fragmented and the methodologies lack robustness. Science has therefore a key role to play in providing better metrics and stronger evidence, and thus in supporting more effective policy-making at local, regional, national or European level.

The JRC "Scientific Support for Cultural and Creative Industries" roundtable of 24 October 2013 is meant to be the beginning of a process. Its aim is to build a network of policy-makers, representatives of CCIs, scientists and academics in order to have a structured dialogue and to identify the scientific support that is needed to exploit the potential of CCIs for growth and jobs to the full.

The first high level meeting organised in this context will focus on two key issues: the spill-over effects and the contribution of CCIs to local and regional development. The objectives of the meeting will be:

  • To map the diverse forms the spill-overs of CCIs can take and to investigate the processes involved;
  • To examine how these spill-over effects can best be measured;
  • To analyse how the role of CCIs could be strengthened in the socio-economic development of cities and regions.


  → Download the Programme in PDF (Latest version: 17/10/2013)
  → Download the Meeting Report (Latest version: 21/11/2013)



Session I - Promoting European CCIs for the benefit of the wider society


Session II - Developing stronger scientific evidence on the impacts of the CCIS for better policy making


Session III - The CCIs as a driver for local and regional development