The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a unique public information and monitoring service.

The Compendium has been run by the Council of Europe as a joint venture with the ERICarts Institute from 1998 to 2017. In 2017, the Compendium acquired a new, more dynamic governance and business model and is now run by the Association of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends (CCPT), the seat of which is in the Netherlands. The Association’s structure enables more Stakeholders and specialists in the field of culture to play a role in the Compendium’s development.



The CCPT members comprise member States and cultural institutions, ensuring in this way the continuation of the essential Compendium format, namely a partnership of national governments with a  network of leading European cultural policy experts.

The CCPT’s members are currently: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Council of Europe, CUPORE, Cyprus, European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES), ERICarts, France, Iceland, Latvia, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom. In addition, the CCPT is sponsored by the Netherlands.


 Single and Comparative Country profile reports for 43 European countries

At the touch of a button, Compendium users can compile single country profile reports on a range of topics depicting how arts and culture are organised in 43 Council of Europe member States. Comparative country profile reports can also be assembled.


 Comparative tables and graphs

Tables and graphs based on official data from national statistical offices and international / European bodies such as EUROSTAT or the European Audiovisual Observatory offer a European snapshot of particular topics such as Internet penetration rate, European culture participation rate, and prices for cultural goods and services, film production and market share, cultural imports, exports and trade balance (CUPIX).


 Monitoring Standards, Developments and Trends in Cultural Policy 

The Compendium Community of cultural policy experts monitors the implementation of:

  • European Treaties in the Cultural Sector
  • Developments in National Laws and Policies


 Areas of interest

The Compendium’s areas of interest continue to grow 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.


 Target audiences

  • government officials for use in their policy making activities (policy conception, comparison, follow-up) and to keep the public informed about cultural policy developments in their country and in other countries
  • Council of Europe for monitoring cultural policy developments and trends at national and European level and contributing to transversal political analysis, follow-up on standards (good practices, recommendations, conventions) 
  • researchers to conduct comparative policy analysis
  • networks and NGOs for providing input to their information and lobbying activities
  • journalists for writing about cultural policy developments in their own country and to compare them with other countries
  • students as an information resource they can use in their courses on cultural administration, management and cultural policy.


 Coming up!

A summary version of each country profile to make this useful information more easily accessible to policy makers for ministerial briefs, researchers and others working in the field.

A collection of culture-related projects and individual actions aimed at fostering mutual understanding between migrants and their host culture


  Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

  World wide cultural policy database