The cultural and creative sectors are a significant driver of growth and jobs in Europe, a key source of creativity and innovation, as well as contributing significantly to social cohesion and well-being.
However, there are no reliable and comparable statistics at European level that could fully underpin and provide evidence of their actual contribution to European economic and social development.
With the view to remedy this shortage, an ESSnet-Culture was set up in September 2009 under the auspices of Eurostat for a 2-year period. This network consists of several organisations that are part of the European Statistical System, working together on methodologies in order to produce results that will be useful to all Member States and ultimately lead to the generation of comparable statistical data.
The network, coordinated by the Luxemburgish Ministry of Culture, has been working on the following four issues:
The final report of the Essnet-Culture has been published [5 MB] in October 2012. Follow up measures will be taken on the basis of this report.
Furthermore, Eurostat published a pocketbook on "The Cultural Statistics in Europe pocketbook" in 2011, which presents an impressive array of numbers and figures on the cultural economy and activities in the EU-27.