European labour markets increasingly need people with creative
and analytical thinking, critical understanding, tolerance, adaptability
and the ability to handle conflict. Arts, culture and creative activities
enhance the development of a range of these competences; however,
their acquisition needs to be channelled through coherent education
policies that drive for social fairness, active citizenship and
expressing European identity in all its diversity.
Governments should be encouraged to embed creative and cultural
competences in formal education systems and support long-term partnerships
between schools, communities, creative industries, cultural institutions
and businesses to offer young people new opportunities to develop
cultural awareness and expression.
The European Commission should be invited to work these competences
into a proper policy framework, including provisions for assessing
creativity and cultural competences. The Council of Europe and the European
Commission, in collaboration with professional associations, should
reflect on the creation of a Europe-wide tool to recognise the competences
developed by young people participating in arts, culture and creative
activities. This aim of this tool would be to document and give
value to the skills and knowledge acquired through participation
in non-statutory arts and culture-based learning activities across
Europe, that currently go unrecognised.