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Belgium/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

Flemish Community

Literature

  • The Arts Decree - Decree Concerning the Subsidising of Arts Organisations, Artists, Arts Education and Socio-artistic Organisations, International Initiatives, Publications and Support Centres (2 April 2004, amended in early summer 2008); and
  • The Cultural Heritage Decree (23 May 2008).

All other regulations emanate from the Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren [Flemish Literature Fund] (established by Decree of 30 March 1999, changed on 29 July 2004):

There are also regulations covering the subsidies on the production of literary publications and magazines, for literary readings and performances, work grants for authors, project grants and subsidies for translators.

Libraries

  • Local Cultural Policy Decree: Decree Concerning the Stimulation of a Qualitative and Integral Local Cultural Policy (2001, 2007); and
  • public lending rights: Copyright Act (2004).

French-speaking Community of Belgium

  • Decree of 5 July 1985 of the French Community Executive creating a Literary Commission of the French Community and decree of 19 May 1989 (amendments).
  • Decree of 4 April 1988 of the French Community Executive laying down the models of aid for publishing in the French Community.
  • Decree of 28 mars 1990 of the French Community Executive creating of the Book Council of the Wallonia-Brussels French Community.
  • Decree of 23 October 1991 of the French Community Executive laying down the modalities of aid for dissemination in the French Community.
  • Edict of 28 February 1978 organising the public reading service; edicts of 21 October 1988, of 19 July 1991 and of 30 November 1992 (amendments).
  • Decree of 14 March 1995 of the French Community Government in respect the organisation of the public reading service; decrees of 2 September 1997 and of 8 November 1999 (amendments).

German-speaking Community

  • 15.06.1994 – Public Libraries Decree.

Chapter published: 02-12-2014

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