On 6 July, the European Commission will release the first ever edition of the 'Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor', a new tool providing comparable data on how European cities perform in the areas of culture and creativity, and how this performance contributes to economic growth and job creation.
Since the adoption of the first 'European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World' (2007), culture is taking an increasingly prominent place in EU policymaking. To help policy makers and cultural and creative sectors identify local strengths and opportunities for further development, the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor maps for the first time the cultural and creative assets at city level across Europe and helps measure their impact in a systematic and comparable way. The monitor was developed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), and covers 168 cities in 30 European countries.
Press material, including country factsheets, will be available on the day. An online interactive platform will allow users to browse and compare the data contained in the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor.