3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes
Depending on the topic, either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Cultural Affairs represents the country in international organisations such as the Council of Europe, the EEA and the EU. In 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has intensified dialogue with UNESCO. On the initiative of the UNESCO Director-General, Liechtenstein has been invited to participate in UNESCO activities. Liechtenstein is a state party to the May 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Liechtenstein's government policy does not foresee a membership in UNESCO at the present time, however.
As a member of the EEA, Liechtenstein has had access since 1996 to EU programmes and thus to the Kaleidoscope, Ariane, Raphael (1997-1999), and Culture 2000 (2000-2006) development programmes, and in the third development period to the Culture Programme 2007 – 2013, the aim of which was to create a platform for cross-border cultural cooperation. Liechtenstein artists are also able to participate in the EU Interreg and Euregio programmes. Nevertheless, Liechtenstein participation has as so far proven to be modest.