Location: Brussels, CoR premises

Contact person
For more information, please contact the CoR team:
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The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion based on the attached communication from the European Commission on "Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU" COM (2012) 537 final.

This document also can be found on the CoR website.

In time of difficulties to boost growth and jobs the potentials that the cultural and creative sectors can bring to achieve the Europe 2020 Strategy are often underestimated even if their economic performances are recognised. Indeed from cultural heritage, artistic crafts and to architecture and design, festivals, film, television and music they are covering a range variety of jobs matching for 3.3% of GDP and employing 6.7 million people.
On top of that, the universal value of culture seen as the whole of fundamental characteristics of the identity of a people or a nation play a major role in stimulating and driving investments, as well as in generating confidence and succeeding in changing economic behaviour or attracting capitals and investors.
Several strategic investments in the above mentioned sectors have delivered notable results (ie: European Capitals of Culture) moreover, as they are at the crossroads between arts, business and technology, they can trigger spill-overs in other industries especially in the innovation field (ie: startups) or urban regeneration. But these positive impacts can't erase the major challenges that creative and cultural sectors have to face stemming from the digital shift and globalisation as well as from a high fragmentation of markets along cultural and linguistic lines and difficulties to access to finance.
That is why the aim of the current communication is both to increase exports to the benefit of EU's economy and forge a dynamic image of an attractive and creative Europe open to cultures and talents from across the world. As the Local and Regional Authorities are the best placed to feel the evolving consumer behaviour and expectations, the difficulties dreaded by these sectors this consultation will be the opportunity for them to address these concrete aspects with the Rapporteur.

The Rapporteur on the Opinion, Mr. Anton ROMBOUTS (NL/EPP), Member of the EDUC Commission of the CoR and Mayor of the City of `s Hertogenbosch, together with his expert would be happy to meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views in the preparation of this opinion.
The consultation will take place on:

Wednesday 16 January, 14:30 – 16:30
At the premises of the Committee of the Regions
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 70

The Rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, you will be invited to contribute your views on the proposed agenda for reforms from your organisation's perspective. In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by e-mail to the addresses below.

The meeting will be held in English with no interpretation. Please note that the mother tongue of the rapporteur is Dutch.

For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to confirm your participation before Tuesday, 15 January at 15.00 by registering on the following link.