The Culture Ministers agree that cultural and creative competences are a basis for creativity and innovation

The Council has invited Member States to raise awareness on the importance of culture and recognition of relevant actions and disseminate best practice among policy makers, cultural and educational entities, enterprises and non-governmental organisations at national, regional and local level on the role that development of cultural and creative competences can have.

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting, which was celebrated on 28-29 November, ended with a Council petition to Member States to take action, at the most appropriate level, with a view to the emergence of creative partnerships aimed at developing cultural and creative competences. The Council also invited Member States to disseminate best practices such as promoting creativity and innovation, especially non-technological innovation, designing effective youth policies, achieving the aims of early childhood education and care policies, enhancing social cohesion and inclusion of different target groups, and developing attitudes which have a positive impact on social and professional life, add to the quality of life, improve prospects for social inclusion and promote sustainable lifestyles.

On the other hand, the Council asked to the Commission to regularly provide information on research and studies relevant to European cooperation in the field of culture conducted under EU research and innovation programmes; and increase support for mobility and cross-border training (and training for trainers) on developing cooperation between culture and education for artists, teachers, youth workers, youth leaders and volunteers. Ministers also took note of the Commission's proposal for the next Culture programme, Creative Europe, which was presented on 23 November.

The Council agreed that cultural and creative competences are a basis for creativity and innovation, which in turn boosts smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. According to the ministers, these competences can contribute to building intellectual capital which is increasingly recognised as a new source of growth and competitiveness in Europe.