Culture is recognised as an important factor for economic development and the attractiveness of European regions and cities. However, the many other ways that culture is contributing to EU cohesion and regional policy are still largely unknown.
This is why the European Commission entrusted the so-called Study on the contribution of culture to local and regional development to the Centre for Strategy and evaluation Services (CSES).
The study was commissioned to address this gap by providing, first of all, evidence of the range of contributions made by the cultural and creative sector to the objectives of EU cohesion policy since 2000, and, backing this up, a pool of around 50 examples illustrating the contribution.
Each example is presented in a separate project fiche, while the study itself is accompanied by an online practical information kit. This provides details of culture’s place in development supported by the Structural Funds and is addressed both to cultural operators and to regional policy managers.
The study's main conclusion is that resources available for culture-based interventions under the Structural Funds should be more commensurate with the size and growth potential of the creative sector, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe.
All in all, the study can be regarded as a model for an integrated culture-based strategy that can be used as the basis for investment in culture at a local and regional level.
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"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)