4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts
The 16th Government's programme for the year 2012 – 2016 accentuates the following priorities in the professional arts sector:
See: http://www.lrvk.lt/lt/veikla/vyriausybes-programa/; chapter IX.
The Programme's issues are essential for artists and their organisations. The debates during the last period have been concentrated mostly on state tax policies and social security. Artists are of the opinion that the state tax policy for the arts should be more focused on alleviating the situation for artists in the period of economic crisis. However, reaching an agreement and mutual understanding wasn't an easy task during the years 2008-2012. Culture and arts policy still remains on the periphery during electoral campaigns. In 2010 the Chairman of the Association of Art Creators of Lithuania, poet Kornelijus Platelis, said that: "It's very difficult to change standpoints of politicians on culture. During political changes the Ministry of Culture always remained as a "petty coin" /.../ However, we have to alter such a standpoint. Culture makes a great influence on society and creativity" (see: daily "Lietuvos rytas", 2010-05-10).