The study points out the heterogeneity of the cultural industries, but also their shared sense of belonging to the cultural and creative sectors. Their high share in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.6 per cent comes as a surprise even for many creative workers. Cultural industries contribute more towards the economy in Europe than e.g. the food industries (1.9%) or the chemical industry (2.3%).
"Spending on culture is a solid investment", concludes Ján Figel, European Commissioner for Culture in Brussels.