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The budget for international cooperation at the Ministry of Culture was cut once again in 2014.

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Croatia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

The Ministry of Culture (on the national level) and larger cities (on the local level) are major founders of international cultural cooperation projects and initiatives. The Ministry of Culture cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs which is responsible for coordination of work of cultural attachés. Croatian embassies are still the focal points for the promotion of Croatian culture.

The Ministry of Culture operates all major instruments used in international cultural relations including state guarantees, bilateral agreements and programmes, as well as sector-specific agreements such as co-production agreements.

According to the planned budget for 2016, the allocation of the Ministry of Culture for international cultural cooperation was 10 652 222 HRK (approx.1 420 296 EUR). (2015 - 11 188 000 HRK (approx. 1 491 733 EUR) and 2014 - 10 972 000 HRK (approx. 1 462 933 EUR). 2016 figures are not promising as they show a lower figure in comparison to 2013 when it amounted to 12 601 166 HRK (approx.1 680 155 EUR), and 2012 when the amount was 13 111 368 HRK (approx.1 750 000 EUR). This can be attributed to the strategic orientation towards strengthening of this field. This includes the Funds received by the Ministry through the Lottery Fund (the amount varies depending on the income of the State Lottery).

Cultural agencies and institutes (such as the Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, French Cultural Centre, Goethe Institute, Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italian Institute for Culture, Aula Cervantes, Balassi Institute and Instituto Camoes) support cultural cooperation between respective countries and Croatia according to their mandate. EUNIC Cluster Croatia - a network of European cultural institutes operating in Croatia - was founded in 2007 and is a member of the European Union National Institutes for Culture-EUNIC.

Chapter published: 04-05-2017

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