Protests go unheeded over new uniform VAT rate of 17.5%, which
will impact on the cultural sector from 2013.
Labour Code changes improve situation for cultural workers.
Consultation on updated Copyright Act which is due to come into
effect in November 2013.
A new agency for Castles and Cultural properties was established
in January 2012.
Criticism has been expressed over Denmark’s approval of ACTA.
Cultural budget for 2012 not increased despite election
Culture played a central role in the Danish EU presidency from
Jan-June 2012, including as regards CULTURE and MEDIA programmes
The two main art museums in Tartu and Tallinn have been merged in
July 2012 despite protests.
The Ministry of Culture announced an administrative union of
local museums due to a 20% cut in funding and with the aim of
improving management and services.
VAT on books and periodicals was raised from 5% to 9% and on
concert earnings to the full 20%.
The Confederation of Italian Industry has undertaken, through its
newspaper Il Sole 24ore, an important campaign in support of
cultural development as an asset for socio economic development and
for an enhanced role for culture in the government’s agenda.
Several newspapers and periodicals may not be able to survive due
to the significant decline in subsidies.
A new Ministry for International Cooperation and Integration has
been created by Mario Monti’s government.
Social security rights of those working in the performing arts
and film industry are under threat, after the incorporation of their
social security agency (ENPALS) into the overall national social
2011 changes in VAT had a negative impact on the cultural
New Consultative Council for the Creative Industries formed at
the Ministry of Culture.
The number of cultural houses decreased by 58% in Riga and 39%
outside Riga between 1990 and 2010.
Comprehensive new National Cultural Policy launched.
A new Cultural Diplomacy Fund will facilitate cultural export,
collaboration and mobility.
A tax incentive programme for businesses in the cultural and
creative industries has been developed.
A major cultural priority is the programme of the next round of
the EU Structural Funds 2014-20.
Government has put forward a draft legislation that will stop the
transfer of the 2% of the Romanian Lottery revenues to the
Administration of the National Cultural Fund.
In June 2012, the Romanian Cultural Institute was restructured by
an emergency ordinance. This measure has been contested by several
artists and cultural organisations.
In accordance to the Austerity Law, salaries of employees in the
cultural sector have decreased by 25%.
The Dept. of Foreign Affairs has rearranged its administration of
In January 2012 a draft law approved the "Protection and
preservation of the Republic's documentary and archival
In Feb 2012, the government accepted a petition from citizens for
a census of artifacts or buildings having monumental