Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe
The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a unique reference work on European cultural policies and an online information and monitoring system available at
The system's scope is constantly being expanded to cover
newly emerging cultural policy challenges, debates and
priorities. It is regularly updated and each year a new
edition of the Compendium system is published.
The Compendium was initiated by the Council of Europe as a joint venture with the
ERICarts Institute in 1998. It is realised in partnership with national governments and a network of leading European cultural policy experts.
Reporting on cultural policies
The Compendium addresses issues of priority and current challenges to policy concerning:
cultural rights and ethics
the role of different partners in a changing system of governance
participation in cultural life
economic, legal and educational dimensions of cultural
international cultural co-operation.
The system monitors the
implementation and introduction
of cultural legislation and
policies, as well as cultural
practices. It provides numerous
comparative tables as well as
statistics and thematic spaces.
The Compendium project serves as a key tool of the Organisationís information platform on culture, heritage and media developments in Europe (CultureWatchEurope).
Serving the cultural policy community
The Compendium is targeted to reach a broad range of policy makers and administrators, cultural institutions and networks, researchers and documentation professionals, journalists and students. Available online information and data serves to inform decision-making processes, comparative policy research and analyses, and the exchange of good practice models.
Compendium users come from all over the world. The systemís success has inspired the creation of similar information systems in other world regions and efforts at creating a world-wide cultural policy database.
Compendium users come from all
over the world. The systemís
success has inspired the
creation of similar information
systems in other world
regions and the creation of a
world wide cultural policy