3.1 Organisational structure (organigram)
Since 1 April 2006, the Flemish public administration system has undergone major changes. The main tasks are now organised on the basis of 13 policy areas, one of which is "Culture, Youth, Sports and Media". In principle, one minister would be in charge of each policy area, but in the legislative period 2009-2014, no less than four ministers are assigned to this policy area, belonging to three different political parties:
Each of the 13 policy areas are supported by:
Immovable cultural heritage belongs to the policy area "Town and Country Planning, Housing Policy and Immovable Heritage". Formal art education comes under "Education and Training".
The following figure represents the structure of the Flemish Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media as a whole.
Department for Arts Education which supervises all public arts schools of the Community and allocates funds to institutions that are dependent on the Community (e.g. Art academies) as well as grants to independent schools.
A General Commission for International Relations was created during the 1980s as a special administrative structure for international relations
Some cultural competencies are ensured by the Regions via:
The Regions also take in charge matters that are of significant importance for the cultural development: tourism, national and regional development, the development of urban and rural life, social integration, employment, economy, new technologies, etc.
Provincial and local level
Each province and many towns and communes develop (their own) cultural policies. In some areas, such as arts centres and libraries, these policies are devised between the French Community, the provinces and the communes.
The French Community offers culture-contracts to provinces and communes who want them. The aim of these contracts is to coordinate every levels of authority for the cultural policies conducted in the area.
The cultural portfolio forms part of the Cultural Affairs Department of the Ministry for the German-speaking Community. In addition to cultural affairs, the Cultural Affairs Department also administers the areas of youth, continuing and adult Education, media, sport, tourism, monument and countryside protection and archaeological excavations.
The culture portfolio encompasses the arts (music, theatre, dance, plastic and visual arts, and literature), cultural centres, museums, historical research, protection and preservation of moveable cultural heritage, folklore, cultural initiatives and projects together with inter-Community and international cooperation.
Certain transversal subject-areas are administered by the general offices of the Ministry, such as infrastructure and certain activities in the area of foreign relations.
Ministry of the German-speaking Community
Department for Cultural Affairs