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Denmark/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Since 2000, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture have through a collaboration agreement been working to promote Denmark's international cultural exchange. International Coordination is an independent team at the Danish Agency for Culture (Kulturstyrelsen). It acts as the operating staff to carry out the Danish Agency for Culture's duties in connection with the collaboration agreement. Among others it is the to negotiate cultural agreements and programmes as authorised by the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to follow up on and administer cultural agreements entered into.

In their collaboration on international cultural exchange through the Danish Agency for Culture, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture also aim at strengthening the collaborative network among all Danish institutions etc. working with international cultural exchange.

The Danish Centre for Cultural Development (DCCD) (Center for Kultur og Udvikling), organised within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is responsible for international cultural exchange organised for developments purposes (see chapter 3.4).

The Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) promotes cooperation between the cultural sector, i.e. Danish design, and the business sector. The Ministry of Education (Undervisningsministeriet) takes care of cultural education in schools and provides subsidies to various activities devoted to leisure and cultural minority groups. Cultural activities for children are improved by the Network for Children's Culture (Børnekulturens Netværk) established in cooperation with the Ministry of Family and Consumer Affairs (Familie- og Forbrugerministeriet) and the Ministry of Education. Voluntary organisations and amateur activities are primarily regulated and financed by the Law of General Education managed by the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Refugees, Immigration and Integration Affairs (Ministeriet for Flygtninge, Indvandrere og Integration) is responsible for several projects targeted at minorities, immigrants and refugees, often together with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education.

Chapter published: 10-04-2012

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