European museums play an important role in showing the richness and diversity of cultures. In order to use museum resources effectively, a common understanding is needed. What is considered a museum in Spain may not be seen as such in Hungary or Finland. And the set of data Slovenia collects to describe its museums might be different from such a set collected in Belgium. It is more than only a question of words; it is a question of ideas and conceptions too. European integration builds upon an understanding of these differences. To communicate, to learn from each other and to cooperate, demands such understanding.
The focus of EGMUS is statistics. The collection, comparison and analysis - and in the long run the harmonisation - of Europe-wide museum statistics is EGMUS' main concern.
The Experts working in the museum field, statistical and scientific institutions as well as Ministries of Culture work closely together with Eurostat.