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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Future of Cultural and Creative Industries
The European Commission launched an online public consultation aimed at unlocking the full potential of Europe's cultural and creative industries.
The consultation is linked to a new Green Paper which highlights the need to improve access to finance, especially for small businesses, as key to enabling the sector to flourish and to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth. "Europe's cultural and creative industries are not only essential for cultural diversity in our continent; they are also one of our most dynamic economic sectors. They have an important role to play in helping to bring Europe out of the crisis," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
The sector, which includes performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage, film, television and radio, music, publishing, video games, new media, architecture, design, fashion design and advertising, provides quality jobs for 5 million people in the EU. It contributes 2.6% to European GDP - which is more than many manufacturing industries achieve.