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Ο πολιτισμός βρίσκεται στην καρδιά της πλούσιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς και ιστορίας της Ευρώπης αλλά η δημιουργικότητα και η καινοτομία είναι αυτές που θα κατευθύνουν το μέλλον της Ευρώπης. Η επένδυση σε πολιτιστικές και δημιουργικές βιομηχανίες μπορούν να δώσουν ώθηση στην οικονομία μιας περιφέρειας και να ενισχύσουν την κοινωνική ένταξη. Αυτός είναι ο λόγος που η περιφερειακή πολιτική της ΕΕ διοχετεύει επενδύσεις σε αυτόν τον τομέα, με την προϋπόθεση ότι βασίζονται σε αναπτυξιακές στρατηγικές με βάσιμο οικονομικό σκεπτικό. Τα αποτελέσματα είναι θετικά σε όρους καινοτομίας, ανάπτυξης και θέσεων εργασίας που όλα βοηθούν στην υλοποίηση των στόχων της στρατηγικής «Ευρώπη 2020» για έξυπνη, βιώσιμη και χωρίς περιορισμούς ανάπτυξη . 

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What are cultural and creative industries?

Cultural & Creative Industries include a diverse collection of business disciplines that have both a cultural and economic impact, in particular:

  • architecture,
  • web and graphic design,
  • performing arts,
  • publishing,
  • video games and multimedia,
  • music,
  • arts and antiques,
  • artistic crafts and fashion design,
  • film,
  • TV and radio production,
  • advertising and public relations.

Why invest?

Culture and creativity are not limited to artistic value. Through the use of EU Structural and Investment Funds, their industry potential can be used in different ways across Europe’s regions and cities. For example:

  • The development of creative clusters, creative incubators and the digitisation of cultural content have proven particularly beneficial to Europe’s less favoured and peripheral regions.
  • Investing in culture enhances the quality of citizens' life helping the economic growth in urban areas because it already employs some 10 % of cities’ workforces
  • Cultural investments have, through the design of new products and services, given a new lease of life to otherwise declining industries. As part of broader regional innovation strategies, these types of investments can make room for higher-value market niches in peripheral regions.

2007-2013 Programming period

Between 2007 and 2013 the EU invested more than  EUR 6 billion in cultural and creative industries, (CCI) broken down as follows:

  • EUR 3 billion to protect and preserve our cultural heritage
  • EUR 2.2 billion to develop cultural infrastructure
  • EUR 775 million to support cultural services

2014-2020 Programming period

Because human creativity is the ultimate economic resource, the EU is keen to do more with the talent that is straddling its CCI; we see unleashing this potential as crucial to the delivery of the Europe 2020 goals.

We therefore advise that national authorities, in their applications for ERDF support:

  • consider existing cultural and creative industry development in the region concerned
  • involve all cultural, administrative and political actors in decision-making processes
  • streamline regional, national and EU funding to cover the sector’s different needs while making the best combined use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), the Creative Europe Framework Programme, the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprise and SME (COSME), Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the European Creative Industries Alliance, national and/or regional programmes for cultural and creative industries and other possible sources of funding
  • focus ERDF assistance on supporting new cultural sectors that are closely linked to innovation and creativity

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