8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support
There is indirect, rather than direct, support by the state for literary and artistic creativity. In the case of literature, these take the form of bulk purchasing of literary works by the Ministry of Culture. In the case of photography, the Ministry co-operates with private galleries to support the "photography month", providing an opportunity for the sale of photographic work.
In addition, there is an obligatory 1% of the budget of public buildings to be allocated to the acquisition of art works.
The Ministry of Culture has established a universal honorary pension scheme for recognised writers and artists, however, the pensions given through this scheme are very meagre, and the scheme is currently being evaluated.
Law 2557/97 makes indirect provisions for a number of issues relevant to the promotion of creativity and the role of creators, from literary, dance and drama prizes to the creation of galleries or art, education in the performing arts, and support for artistic and cultural associations.