3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism encourages, on a continuing basis, trans-national co-operation between arts and heritage institutions, professional associations, networks and other NGO actors in fields such as cultural policy, heritage protection, theatre, dance, film, music, etc. For example, the 10th anniversary meeting of the project "Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe" was held in Baku on 4-5 December 2008, with the participation of a number of eminent researchers from the Council of Europe countries and ISESCO area, offering an important opportunity for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and examining new opportunities for future trans-national co-operation.
At present the Ministry of Culture and Tourism funds yearly membership fees to a number of international organisation and supports participation of Azerbaijan specialists at conferences of the European Music Council, World Congresses of Dance Researchers, European Council of Artists conferences, etc. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism supports national and international conferences and festivals organised by different professional communities.
Following the recommendations of the Council of Europe's White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue and the Declaration of the Baku Conference of Ministers of Culture (2008), Azerbaijan is taking part in the "Artists for Dialogue" initiative conceived as a scheme for encouraging collaboration and co-operation between artists and cultural actors / mediators from Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Central Asia, in a long-term perspective.