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Lithuania/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Inter-ministerial co-operation usually functions when ad-hoc governmental commissions, committees, working groups, etc. are established. There are no inter-governmental bodies in cultural policy-decision making and administration. The Ministry of Culture naturally co-operates with other ministries (horizontal ties) in matters relating to copyright, heritage and terrains protection, local self-government, tourism, international cultural co-operation and representation of Lithuanian culture abroad, as well as in the fields of economy, social affairs, education in the arts, media, etc.

In 2013 the Ministry of Culture was responsible for co-ordination of 20 inter-ministerial programmes, action plans or strategies. Among the most important programmes are: Inter-Institutional Action Plan (2011) for implementation of the Guidelines for Alteration of Lithuanian Cultural Policy for the year 2012-2014; the Programme of Modernisation of Culture Centres 2007–2020; the Programme of Modernisation of Museums 2007–2015; the Strategy of Development of Amateur Art 2010-2016, etc. Alongside the Ministry of Culture, several ministries and state bodies are responsible for execution of these programmes: the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, Statistics Lithuania, and the Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania (see: At the same time, the Ministry of Culture was a partner in 21 inter-ministerial programmes, co-ordinated by other ministries.

The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science work in close co-operation on arts education, as the latter institution is responsible for maintenance of the higher art education infrastructure in the country. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science also co-operate by including cultural and art education in the general educational programmes. In 2008 the Ministry of Education and Science adopted the Prescript on the Conception of Cultural Education of Children and Young People and the Plan for its implementation.

In 2011 the Creative Partnerships Programme was launched on a national scale as an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania. The objectives of the Creative Partnerships Programme are to expand and enrich the conventional learning process; to develop the creativity of learners and teachers; and to develop a creative approach to teaching in Lithuanian schools. The Project is financed from the European Social Fund and the state budget. The total value of the Project is EUR 4.64 m. The implementation of the programme will continue until January 2015.  The Creative Partnerships Programme is based on the experience of the UK Creative Partnerships Programme.

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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