The Ministry announced the drafting of a media strategy for Croatia.
4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities
The most important priorities of the cultural policy, introduced at the beginning of 2000 were, among others: building up the functions, work methods and public respect for the new Culture Councils; creating mixed funds for cultural investment; renewing and readapting the cultural infrastructure; finalising a complete registry of cultural monuments; and furthering the use of information technology in culture.
Cultural policy priorities are detailed and shifted according to the proclaimed objectives and priorities of different governments. Those proclaimed by the current government (elected in 2011) are outlined in the Programme of the Government for 2011-2015. The main strategic framework in the field of culture follows the Strategy of Cultural Development that was adopted by the Parliament in 2002.
As outlined in the government Programme, cultural policy priorities are centred on: the protection and development of material and immaterial cultural heritage; improvement of the cultural system with central and other cultural institutions (theatres, museums, archives, libraries etc.); support for artistic creativity (literature, fine arts, music, performing arts, etc); and development and strengthening of cultural industries (publishing, film, music industry, etc). Special focus is on the freedom and pluralism of cultural creativity, with the emphasis on the support for the autonomy of decision making of cultural workers, and the strengthening of cultural councils.
In its Programme, the government announced the drafting of the key strategic document of overall cultural development, which will position culture as an important area affecting the overall social development. It was announced that the strategy will deal with pertinent issues of financing and legislation, with investment priorities and organisation models, but also with issues of cultural education, strengthening of the presence of Croatian culture in the region of Southeastern Europe, the development of cultural management and of inter-sectoral cooperation. The Ministry also announced the drafting of a media strategy. So far these two documents have not been prepared for public discussion.