In 1998, the Council of Ministers approved of a list of institutions which fall under the responsibility of the municipalities. These include, for example, cultural centres, cultural houses, local libraries, local arts galleries, museums and cinemas. In 1993, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had a list of national institutions approved which fall under its remit.
The Ministry has embarked on a thorough and far-reaching legislative reform of legal frameworks for culture in Albania which is aimed at bringing their laws in line with current legislation in other European countries and in accordance with their Constitution.
There is no special legislation on the status of the artist in Albania.
Table 2: Legislation pertaining to cultural policy and cultural administration in Albania
Law on Libraries
Legal base that supports and co-ordinates the activity of library services.
Law on the Protection of Cultural Goods
Considered to be too general. Hopes are pinned to the adoption of a new law.
Law reviewed by the Parliament in 1995. To protect copyright of literary and artistic works.
Considered to be too general.
Performing Arts' Act
The Theatre Act was never implemented by the left-wing government. The current right-wing majority in the parliament abolished it and introduced a new draft which was passed on October 23, 2006. The new law is expected to take full effect in 2007.
Law on Cultural Heritage
This Law provides for the declaration and the protection of the cultural heritage within the territory of the Republic of Albania. The Law comprises the value system for cultural heritage and provides rules for its protection and the duties and responsibilities of the bodies operating in this field.
Law on Books
Law on Youth
Film Distribution Law