Key Stakeholders High Level Meeting - Haus der Donau

BUCHAREST - June 28, 2012


More than two thirds of the European population lives in urban areas. Cities are places where both problems emerge and solutions are found. They are fertile ground for science and technology, for culture and innovation, for individual and collective creativity, and for mitigating the impact of climate change. However, cities are also places where problems such as unemployment, segregation and poverty are concentrated.

Looking ahead and developing visions of the cities of tomorrow is becoming increasingly important at all levels. The development of our cities will determine the future of Europe.

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy

Art and culture have a unique capacity to create green jobs, to raise awareness, challenge social habits and promote behavioral shifts in our societies. Culture and creative industries can produce positive effects on the wider society. One way of doing this is to maximize the links between culture and education so as to foster creative entrepreneurial and intercultural skills that will help us better respond to new economic and social challenges.

Innovation support mechanisms to benefit creative industries not only allow these to innovate better and more, but they also enable them to provide more innovative solutions to other sectors or industries, and therefore help Europe’s overall economy to unleash its full innovation potential. Creative cities are emerging as urban centers with a high concentration of economically profitable creative industries and an innovative and creative labor force. Currently, culture in the Danube Region should find a fine balance between economics, identity, commerce and creativity.

Puiu Hasotti, Romanian Minister for Culture and National Heritage

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