The EU has strong and vibrant cultural and creative industries. These are not only essential for Europe's cultural diversity, strengthening social cohesion and increasing Europe’s attractiveness internationally. They are among the continent's most dynamic sectors. According to Eurostat figures, cultural and creative industries employ 8.7 million people in the EU, equivalent to 3.8% of the total workforce in the EU, representing 1.2 million enterprises.

In parallel with Eurostat's regular work on updating existing culture statistics every year, the European Commission will also look into complementary sources to fill the data gaps at EU level. By analysing specific cultural sectors – namely music, European heritage and books – and through continued cooperation with European Member States, international organisations and relevant stakeholders, the Commission aims to further identify best practices, build the evidence-base for policy, and engage with representatives from across the sector.

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Data on Cultural Sectors