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Liechtenstein/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Culture entails numerous cross-connections. Decisions in Liechtenstein are jointly reached by the five members of the collegial government. The Ministries of Cultural Affairs, Education, Foreign Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications work hand in hand in cultural areas. Thus, the Music School, for example, is assigned to the Ministry of Education, fulfilling an important function in the field of musical education; at the same time, however, it also plays a significant role in the active cultural life of the country.

Culture and the media are likewise engaged in an interactive relationship as illustrated by the coverage of cultural events formalised by the Media Promotion Act of November 1999. Given that public cultural work and cultural policy have an internal as well as external impact, foreign policy has recognised the priority of a cultural dialogue and awareness of cooperation beyond the country's borders since 1996.

Another economic sector exhibiting a close association with culture is tourism, which markets the "Liechtenstein brand" by way of art collections, architecture and events. The Minister of Cultural Affairs has chaired the Cultural Round Table since 1996, where representatives of the various cultural institutions meet regularly to exchange information and coordinate programmes. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs also regularly invites the chairpersons of the cultural commissions of the individual municipalities to exchange experiences.

Chapter published: 12-11-2014

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