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Impact of European Cultural Routes on SMEs’ innovation and competitiveness

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Friday, November 15, 2013

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6D-OT-LP-3
The study on the impact of European Cultural Routes on SMEs’ innovation and competitiveness was jointly launched by the European Commission (EC) and the Council of Europe (Council) in September 2010. Its objectives were to provide insights into the effects produced by the transnational Cultural Routes – such as those certified by the Council of Europe – on SMEs’ performance, innovation capacity, and network and cluster development; to examine the potential of Cultural Routes for promoting sustainable and quality tourism in Europe; and to analyse to what extent Cultural Routes networks can benefit SMEs, especially in rural areas and less-known destinations. The main expected outcomes from the study were to: – identify key actors currently involved in Cultural Routes; – understand the benefits and disadvantages of their environments (especially in the context of the current economic conditions); – estimate the potential of Cultural Routes, their needs and concerns on the way to sustainable development; and – to establish links with different levels of authority – local, national and European – financial and governmental institutions, tourist organisations, and other bodies that would encourage future development of the Routes.

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