Goals of the Year

The European Year of Creativity and Innovation aims to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development; to disseminate good practices; to stimulate education and research, and to promote policy debate on relevant issues.

The Year addresses a wide spectrum of related themes such as:

  • fostering artistic and other forms of creativity through pre-school, primary and secondary education including vocational streams, as well as non-formal and informal education
  • maintaining engagement with creative forms of self-expression throughout adult life
  • cultural diversity as a source of creativity and innovation
  • information and communication technologies as media for creative self-expression
  • ensuring that mathematics, science and technological studies promote an active, innovative mindset
  • developing a wider understanding of the innovation process and a more entrepreneurial attitude as prerequisites for continued prosperity
  • promoting innovation as the route to sustainable development
  • regional and local development strategies based on creativity and innovation
  • cultural and creative industries including design – where the aesthetic and the economic coincide
  • innovation in public and private services.
Logo: European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009
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