EHHF Economic Task Force: ESPON Targeted Analysis

"Material Cultural Heritage as a strategic territorial development resource:
mapping impacts through a set of common European socio-economic indicators”


In January 2017, the EHHF Economic Task Force took the initiative to apply for EU funding, with a proposal for an ESPON Targeted Analysis. The project has been selected by the ESPON Secretariat and will therefore receive financing by the European Commission. The average budget for this kind of research is 250.000 euros. The research itself will be contracted out to an external research organization or consortium. A European call for tender will soon be communicated.

"How can we define the socio-economic impact of Material Cultural Heritage? In which economic sectors does it play a role and how can we measure this?" These are the questions the project aims to answer. The end result should be a set of socio-economic indicators for Material Cultural Heritage that are meaningful and internationally comparable. Data for these indicators will be gathered for a selection of European countries and regions. The project will be supported by 10 stakeholders of which one lead stakeholder, the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, and 9 participating stakeholders, the heritage agencies of respectively Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium - Flanders and Brussels -, and the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).

The European Commission already recognized the need for data in this particular field through several official policy communications. As systematic observation and recording of heritage societal impacts is lacking, The EHHF Economic Task Force dedicated itself to fill this gap and develop a common framework in order to underpin heritage policies on a more rational basis. With this project the EHHF Economic Task Force is getting help from the European Commission to realize its mission. The economic statistics produced will be useful to:

-          inform political decisions related to the Material Cultural Heritage;

-          characterize the Material Cultural Heritage sector in relation to other sectors;

-          provide input into relevant cost-benefits analyses and regional policy development;

-          and evaluate the Material Cultural Heritage sector in economic terms.

In 2018, the results of the Targeted Analysis will be used by the stakeholders to support actions taken within the framework of the European Cultural Heritage Year (EYCH 2018).

Link to TED pre-announcement