Creative Cities, an European asset

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CITIES, an EU project leaded by Klaipeda City with the participation of Sevilla and Gijon among others, has held its final Conference last June 14 and 15, 2011 in Lituania.

The project named Creative Industries in Traditional Intercultural Spaces (CITIES) addresses Priority 1 of INTERREG IV C Programme (sub-theme: entrepreneurship and SMEs). The duration of the project is 36 months, from October 2008 to September 2011.
The project aims through interregional cooperation to improve regional and local policies addressing the promotion and support of creative and cultural industries, as one of the most significant growth sectors for the European economy in terms of GDP and added value.
According to the European Commission’s report ‘Culture and the Economy’ (2006), the creative industries have a growing relevance to the European competitiveness, sustainability and social cohesion: they represented 2.6% of the GDP of the EU in 2003 and 3.1% of employment in 2004.

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