Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe


ERICarts and the Council of Europe

See Research Teams and the Compendium website for listings of current Compendium authors, alumni and members/advisors of expert groups.


Council of Europe/ERICarts, online since 2000
The first regular Compendium edition of 1999 came out as a loose-leaf-collection, published by ARCult Media


  • Council of Europe
  • ERICarts Institute
  • Ministries/departments in charge of culture or foreign affairs in: Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium (FL), Bosnia-Hercegovina; Canada; Croatia; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany, Hungary, Monaco; the Netherlands, Norway; Slovakia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland
  • Foundations such as the European Cultural Foundation (2002-2003); Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (2012)
  • Other national and regional partners, universities (e.g. Goldsmiths University of London) and European/International NGOs


The Compendium is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies, instruments, debates, trens and good practices in Europe.

It allows users to compare policy issues in 39 countries. Every year, new country profiles are added. Eventually the Compendium aims to include all 48 countries adhering to the European Cultural Convention.

The country profiles address current challenges to cultural policies and decision makers across Europe such as:

  • The role of different actors in a changing system of democratic governance
  • Cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and social cohesion
  • Support to creativity
  • Participation in cultural life
  • Economic, legal, and educational dimensions of cultural policies.

The Compendium originates from the Council of Europe's Programme of National Cultural Policy Reviews. It was initiated by the Council of Europe Cultural Committee and Secretariat and has been carried out in partnership with the ERICarts-Institute since 1998.

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Cultural Policy Evaluation as a Means of a Schemata Construction and as a Policy Instrument
by Ritva Mitchell 

Building An Information System for Cultural Policies in Europe: Experiences from the Compendium Project
by Danielle Cliche 


Annual Assemblies of Compendium Experts:

Strasbourg  2002
Strasbourg  2003
Berlin  2004
Amsterdam  2005
Budapest  2006
Zagreb  2007
Baku 2008
Madrid 2009
Zurich 2010
Ghent 2011
Helsinki 2012
Vienna 2013

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