Cultural and creative industries (CCI) are in a strategic position to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities, and thus contribute fully to the Europe 2020 Strategy, which is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade.
While some EU regions have been very good at tapping into this extraordinary potential as a way to promote socio-economic development – including through the use of EU Structural Funds – it however appears that many others have not been making most of this potential.
The objective of the Policy Handbook “How to strategically use the EU support programmes, including Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional and national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy?” is to better sensitize local, regional and national authorities as well as the cultural community of the potential of cultural and creative industries in boosting regional and local development. The Handbook intends to help them in formulating local, regional and national strategies for cultural and creative industries. It also aims to serve as a tool for the planning and implementation of a strategic use of the EU support programmes, including the Structural Funds, to foster the potential of culture for local, regional, national development and the spill-over effects on the wider economy.
The target group for the Handbook are the policymakers at local, regional and national level responsible for both cultural and economic planning as well as those responsible for the planning of the EU Structural Funds. Based on existing experience from different Member States the Handbook introduces ways to use the EU Structural Funds for developing CCIs at local, regional as well as national level and also bridging CCIs with the rest of the economy to foster innovation, tourism and urban regeneration. It also contains useful information on the next generation of EU Structural Funds covering the period 2014-2020.