3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation
Although the educational institutions offering cultural programmes are governed by the Ministry of Education, there is co-operation with the Ministry of Culture. Other areas of co-operation between the two ministries include language politics and a recently initiated programme to reconstruct schools located in historically valuable manor buildings. Along with other regional programmes, the latter has also involved municipalities in the co-operation both as financiers, and beneficiaries. Other fields of inter-ministerial co-operation include copyright issues and broadcasting in which the Ministries of the Interior, Economy, and Finances are involved. A new policy field that has emerged in the mid-2000s is concerned with the creative industries. A report on design was launched in 2005 by the Ministry of Economics and Communication and it has been followed by the creation of a working group on the culture industries at the Ministry of Culture, with participation from different experts and stakeholders (see also chapter 4.2.3). The governmental agency Enterprise Estonia (EAS) coordinates several programmes for the development of the creative industries.
The creation of Estonian cultural institutes in Finland, Sweden, and Hungary has involved co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both ministries are involved in preparing and implementing such international agreements on cultural co-operation, as well as with the EU and the Council of Europe. The Ministry of Culture has cultural attachés in Brussels and since 2003, in Berlin. These representatives are chosen in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and they work in the embassy buildings. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is kept up to date on events that are organised for the presentation of Estonian culture abroad.
The Ministry of Justice is consulted when draft legislation is being prepared.