Econcult: Area of Research in Economics of Culture and Tourism

Europe’s Opportunity. Latest evidence of the causal relationship between culture and development.

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Europe's Opportunity. Latest evidence of the causal relationship between culture and development.
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Libro: Ciudadanía empoderada
Publisher: Editorial Germania, s.l.
First page: 67
ISSN: 978-84-16044-25-2

As recent European Commission documents rightly point out, at the heart of our social fabric, culture shapes our identities, aspirations and relationships with others and the world. It also shapes the places and landscapes in which we live, the lifestyles we develop. Heritage, visual and performing arts, film, music, publishing, fashion design all feature strongly in everyday life, but the contribution that the cultural and creative sectors can make to the EU’s social and economic development is not yet fully recognized. The first explicit recognition is developed at the European level in the Green Paper Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries published at the end of April 2010 with the aim of gathering opinions and views on issues affecting the European cultural and creative industries. The consultation launched by the Green Paper underlined the idea that the cultural and creative industries have great untapped potential to create wealth and employment and that through their spill-over effects it is possible to offer a pathway to a more imaginative, cohesive, green and prosperous future.

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