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30 November 2020
Answer given by Ms Gabriel
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004894/2020

The Commission has been collecting statistics related to the cultural and creative sectors for many years. Eurostat leads this work. These harmonised statistics cover many different social and economic domains — employment, business, international trade, prices, government expenditure and cultural participation.

Data are publicly available in Eurobase and several thematic articles on culture are published in the series ‘Statistics Explained’.

In addition, Eurostat published ‘Culture statistics’ in 2019 and the methodological manual ‘Guide to Eurostat culture statistics’ in 2018(1).

Data on cultural sectors are included in different Eurostat data collections, but the coverage of cultural field depends on the data sources. The situation will gradually improve.

There is currently no agreed statistical definition for ‘Cultural and creative sectors’, which is necessary to collect harmonised data.

The Commission expects an important contribution to such a statistical framework from the Pilot Project ‘Measuring Cultural and Creative Sectors’. The final results of the pilot project will be available by December 2022.

As for measuring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, Eurostat and the National Statistical Institutes of the Member States have launched a number of initiatives in this regard(2). Cultural employment will be estimated on the basis of the EU Labour Force Survey quarterly data.

(2) https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/covid-19/overview
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