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How can cultural and creative industries contribute to economic transformation through smart specialisation?

Cultural and creative industries are in a strategic position to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities. 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.
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Cultural and creative industries are in a strategic position to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities. 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 this Policy Handbook 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.