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In 2014, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute became the title of the international contact point for European programmes in Lithuania

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Lithuania/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

The Ministry of Culture is the main coordinator and financial supporter of international cultural co-operation. A small share of the budget for international cultural co-operation is allocated by other Ministries (e.g., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science). 

The Division of International Relations and European Affairs of the Department of Strategic Planning and Control of the Ministry of Culture is responsible for the implementation of the policies and promotion of national culture abroad: bilateral and multilateral cultural cooperation and membership in international organisations (UNESCO, the European Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, etc.), analysis and coordination of projects of cultural cooperation in order to coordinate EU and European Economic Area (EEA) financial support for culture and cultural heritage. The Division of EU support and positions for EEA financial mechanism programmes were established at the Ministry of Culture. In 2013, by Order of the Government, the Ministry of Culture became responsible for supervision of EU financial structural support for culture in the period of 2014-2020.

In 2001 the Lithuanian Institute was established as a public institution in order to sustain representation of Lithuanian culture abroad. The institute was reorganised in 2008, establishing the International Cultural Programme Centre (ICP Centre). The Centre coordinates Lithuania's participation in the EU programmes "Creative Europe. 2014-2020", "Media 2007", "MEDIA Mundus" (till 2012) and "Europe for Citizens" (2014-2020). The Centre also supports translations and promotion of Lithuanian literature; implements major presentations of Lithuanian culture abroad; works as a contact point for EU programmes in the cultural and audiovisual sector. The ICP Centre coordinates implementation of the activities of the Lithuanian culture attaché abroad. The Centre is co-financed by the European Commission (see: In 2014, the decision to name the ICP Centre as the Lithuanian Culture Institute was enacted by the Ministry of Culture.

Several cultural institutions of foreign countries operate in Lithuania (e.g. Goethe Institute, Information Centre of Nordic Countries, Polish, Italian, French Institutes and cultural centres). Many of NGO are involved in various international cultural co-operation projects and initiatives. E.g., Global Lithuanian Leaders (GLL) is a non profit organisation, which aims to award Lithuanians and Lithuania–connected (by origin or other affiliation) professionals living overseas, who exhibit remarkable creative talent, exceptional vision, ambition and who are innovators in their chosen field: business, art and culture, science, economy etc. Among the partners of GLL are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Vytautas Magnus University, World Lithuanian Economic Forum (see: The Saulius Karosas Charity and Support Foundation was established in March 1998 (see: and provides financial support to young musicians, artists and other specialists participating in republican, international competitions, master-classes, and festivals.

In order to promote development of international cultural exchange, distribution and presentation of national culture as well as professional art in foreign countries, the Rules for Partial Funding for International Cultural Exchange have been prepared and verified by the Minister of Culture in the beginning of 2011. Since 2013, selection of the cultural exchange projects and their partial financing falls under the Lithuanian Culture Council. Applications for the European Economic Area (EEA) financial programmes "Preservation and Restoration of Cultural and Natural Heritage" and "Promotion of Cultural and Artistic Diversity in European Cultural Heritage" have been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

Lithuanian experts participate in the activities of the committee of MEDIA, as well as in the European foundation Eurimages, which Lithuania joined in 2007.Within the range of five years co-productive project funding by Eurimages in Lithuania is as high as 94.4 %, the highest among the countries that may apply for funding by Eurimages.

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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