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The Creative Motor for Regional Development. Arts and Culture Projects and the EU Structural Funding in Austria.

By Veronika Ratzenböck, Xenia Kopf and Anja Lungstrass, Österreichische Kulturdokumentation, Vienna, 2011, 198 pp., ISBN 978-3-901360-14-5

The Austrian Kulturdokumentation team of authors: Veronika Ratzenböck, Xenia Kopf and Anja Lungstrass completed in November 2011 the study The Creative Motor for Regional Development. Arts and Culture Projects and the EU Structural Funding in Austria. The study has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, promoted in Vienna in November 2011 and presented to the European Parliament in March 2012.

The volume and extent of the co-funding of culture by the EU structural funds in Austria has been analysed for the first time. The study analyses the cultural relevance of the fundamental documents promoting the anchoring of culture and the creative sectors in regional development and the implementation of such practices. Investments in cultural projects from the three structural funds: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Regional Development (EAFRD) have been analysed. Arts, culture and creative industries are not consistently eligible for structural support although the mentioned funds integrate culture and creative industries to some extent. Through the EU regional funds 534 projects of central or peripheral relevance to culture were funded between 2007 and 2010 with 139 million Euros, in comparison to 230 projects funded by the EU programmes CULTURE and MEDIA with a total of 21, 8 million Euros in the same period. The analysis also shows that 83% of the projects supported by the regional funds are in the field of arts and culture, while 17% are in creative industries.

A very useful study!

Source: Der Kreativ-Motor für regionale Entwicklung. Kunst- und Kulturprojekte und die EU-Strukturförderung in Österreich, www.kulturdokumentation.org