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In 2015 the Government of the Czech Republic adopted the new State Cultural Policy for 2015-2020.

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Czech Republic/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

The final vision of the future state of support for culture laid out in the State Cultural Policy for 2015-2020 (with a View to the Year 2025) is based on the presumed successful management of priorities, objectives, and measures laid out in the government’s official programme (government regulation no. 96 of 12 February 2014):

  • state expenditure on support for culture will reach 1% of state budget expenditures;
  • the culture sector will not become the underbelly of society’s development in the sense of lagging levels of education and culture among the population and insufficient use of cultural heritage as a developmental resource in the global economic environment;
  • a culturally diverse society will focus on fostering innovation and on using tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the framework of diverse social groups at the regional level and in local associations while emphasising support for individual cultural expression;
  • Czech culture will become an active agent in the European cultural space, international cultural cooperation will be promoted, and European and international awareness of Czech culture will increase;
  • an understanding of culture will be promoted that sees it as an economic factor and an important component of the state’s economic policy. Art and culture and the use of cultural heritage through cultural and creative industries will be elements that have a dynamic and modernising effect on the sectoral structure of the national economy;
  • there will be increased participation of citizens in cultural events and private, public, and state institutions will contribute significantly to the support, organisation and funding of the development of cultural services;
  • the state will universally support the influx of extra-budgetary resources into cultural life and will use economic, regional and tax policy to stimulate an active role for culture in the development of society;
  • the state will support cultural values that lead to the cultivation of humanity, cooperation, compassion, and the sustainability of human society; support for education will play an essential role in this;
  • new legislation in the field of heritage conservation will establish the foundations for sustainable use of this area of national culture;
  • the latest scholarly findings and information and communication technologies will be used towards protecting cultural heritage and facilitating access to culture;
  • the cultural environment of communities, regions, and landscapes will be universally supported through the coordinated cultural and regional policy of the state and through tools of regional planning as the basic foundation of the quality of life of the population and the development of related economic activities; and
  • full use will be made of resources of the operational programmes (most notably the Integrated Operational Programme, the Enterprise and Innovations Operational Programme ant the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education) set up for this period.

Chapter published: 28-01-2016

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