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Mapping the sector

What is it?

The mapping of the culture sector is a process to identify the strategies, policies, initiatives, organisations, and individuals active in the culture sector.

Why is it needed?

Culture sector mapping is an essential process both for the definition of relevant policy and the identification of effective measures in support of the culture sector.

As noted in a report on cultural and creative industries, the current information at the disposal of the European Commission is not strong enough to properly inform policy or develop measures to support the sector.

In order to ensure that policy and actions to support the culture sector can be effective, the Commission continues to map the culture sector, identifying best practices, building the evidence-base for policy, and engaging with representatives from the sector.

What has been done so far?

A variety of initiatives and exercises have, to date, been carried out, including:

  • the establishment of the European Expert Network on Culture;
  • an exercise to map cultural heritage actions across the European Union;
  • an exercise to map culture sector platforms;
  • an exercise to map film literacy practices in Europe.
What are the next steps?

Efforts to map the culture sector continue, notably through the activities of the working groups and Member States, as well as under the Creative Europe programme, which provides opportunities for initiatives, networks, and platforms in the culture sector.