The Council adopted conclusions on cultural and creative competences and their role in building intellectual capital of Europe - its people, communities, institutions -, which is increasingly seen as a key for the prosperity of society new.

Cultural and creative competences are a basis for innovation and creativity: they promote critical reflection and innovative thinking, and enhance flexibility.

The conclusions also address the development of synergies between culture and creativity on the one hand, and education, innovation, research and employment on the other.

They could be implemented through creative partnerships, allowing for the transfer of creative skills to different economic sectors and thus benefitting the whole society.

Reducing early school leaving, promoting non-technological and social innovation, boosting employability, and enhancing creativity and entrepreneurship at all levels of education and training are examples of the added value of cultural and creative competences.