The European Commission has released the first ever edition of the ‘Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor’, designed to help policy makers identify local strengths and areas for improvement, and learn from comparable cities.
The tool – which emerged from a research project covering 168 cities in 30 European countries, and which was developed by the commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) – also sheds light on the strong relationship between cultural vibrancy and various dimensions of a city’s life, starting with its social diversity and its economic activity.
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “My objective is to place culture and creativity at the heart of the European policy agenda.
“In times of major societal transformations and sharpening global competition between cities, we must look beyond traditional sources of growth and socioeconomic wellbeing and explore the role of culture in vibrant, innovative and diverse cities.
“The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor highlights successful European cities that have found their own ways of using the potential of culture and creativity to drive development, innovation and job creation and improve quality of life for citizens. It puts sound evidence at the disposal of policy makers to help them identify where they fare well and where further improvement is desirable.”
The interactive tool is available online and will allow users to browse the selected cities as well as a wide array of quantitative and qualitative information about their performance.
It notably shows that the ‘ideal’ Cultural and Creative City in Europe would be the amalgam of the best performing cities on each indicator.
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