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What is the Compendium?

The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies and related development. Compendium cultural policy country profiles are mainly drawn up and updated by independent cultural policy experts (i.e. 'expert authors'), in consultation with respective ministries.

The Compendium seeks to generate and review policy standards in areas of concern to governments and society, by providing data, information, knowledge, comparative and trend analyses, expertise, advice and case studies. The country profiles provide information on the historical development, present structure, legal framework, financial aspects and ongoing debates in cultural policies and trends. New indicators are constantly introduced to regularly monitor policy developments in Europe. 

The information presented in the country profiles is derived from a variety of sources including research studies, governmental documents and reports by ministers and other key representatives, reports or manifestos of lobby and advocacy groups, important statements from artists and cultural producers, from political campaigns, the media, etc. 

In 2017, a Road Map Towards a new Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends was created.

For whom

The Compendium is targeted to a broad audience of policy makers and administrators, arts institutions and networks, researchers and documentation professionals, journalists and students. The information and data presented online helps to inform decision-making processes, to conduct comparative policy research and analyses, to maintain data collections and to disseminate good practices examples (e.g. in the area of intercultural dialogue). 

Statistics regarding the average use of the Compendium show that is has become a working tool consulted on a daily basis by authorities, institutions and individuals involved in cultural policy making and research, not only in Europe but world-wide. 


This transnational project was initiated in 1998 by the Council of Europe's (CoE) Steering Committee for Culture. It was managed and edited as a joint venture by the CoE with the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts). Since its foundation in 1998, the Compendium has aimed to include all states co-operating within the context of the European Cultural Convention. Currently a community of practice of over 100 independent cultural policy researchers from 43 different countries collaborate on the Compendium. The project is seeking to reach beyond European borders too, as collaborations with the Arabian Culture Ressource organization Al Mawred and the Asia-Europe Foundation ASEF have been set in motion. 

Legal entity

On the 1st of April 2018 the Compendium transitioned into a multi-stakeholder Association which has its seat at the Boekman Foundation, the institute for arts and culture, culture and related policy in the Netherlands. The unique character of the Compendium system, that comprises both NGO's and government bodies as members, ensures the independence of the community of expert authors in its statutes

The Vademecum of the Association, that consists of the Membership Charter, the Rules of Procedure for the annual General Assembly of the Association, the Rules of Procedures of Assembly of Compendium Experts (ACE) and the Rules of Procedures for the Association's board, can be found here

The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends welcomes new actors (governments, research bodies and universities, NGOs, foundations, etc.) to join the Association, either as Stakeholders or Standing Members. Please find more information on the membership possibilities here

The Board of the Compendium Association

Marjo Mäenpää (Chair)
Jean-Cédric Delvainquière (Vice-Chair)
Carmen Croitoru (Secretary)
Anna Villarroya (Treasurer)
Kimmo Aulake
Kathrin Merkle
Veronika Ratzenböck 
Andreas Wiesand (Observer)










The Board of the Assembly of Expert Authors

Veronika Ratzenböck (Chair)
Dorota Ilczuk (Vice-Chair)
Andrej Srakar (Secretary)