Task Force on Economy and Statistics



The Task Force on Economy and Statistics, one of the two committees of the European Heritage Heads Forum, was established in 2012 at the annual meeting in Potsdam (Germany) in order 'to create a common methodology for collecting economic data of cultural heritage'. The main aim of the Task Force is to formulate, at the European level, clear indicators on the socioeconomic contribution of immovable cultural heritage

By doing so, the Task Force wants to support the sector in building better statistics and in generating knowledge on the societal relevance of cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is being increasingly regarded as an indispensable resource for sustainable development (Conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe, Council of the European Union, May 2014). Quantifying this societal contribution will help the sector to implement more effective and efficient policies.

The Task Force on Economy and Statistics is currently working on collecting information on the gross value added and the jobs generated in

1.      The construction sector

2.      The real estate and property sector

3.      The tourism sector

4.      The cultural and creative industries sector

As from 2018, the Task Force will get substantive support in its tasks from an external research team under the ESPON Targeted Analysis programme. 

The Task Force is currently chaired by Mr. Paul Mahringer, Deputy Manager at the Bundesdenkmalamt (Austria).