COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Lithuania/ 5.2 Legislation on culture  

Since the 1990s, the process of drawing up and adopting laws and other legal acts has often been rather complicated and hasty due to changing economic conditions, privatisation processes, incompatibility of legal acts (in fields other than culture), unduly prolonged consideration of draft laws, etc. Despite these challenges, Lithuania's cultural legal framework is fairly well developed and operative for the time being. It currently regulates culture administration and management, financing sources and bodies, the activities of culture and arts institutions, artists' organisations and sectors of specific fields (copyright, creative industries, "arm's length" cultural bodies, etc.).

Table 3:     Laws and regulations classified according to the following categories:

Title of the legal act

Year of adoption

Cultural policy

Principles of Lithuanian Cultural Policy

2001

Guidelines for Alternation of Lithuanian Cultural Policy

2010

Culture Development Programme of the Regions

2002; amended 2011

State's Long-term Development Strategy

2002;

State Programme for the Development of Ethnic Culture

2003; 2010

Government Programme and Action Plan for the year 2012 – 2016

2012

Governing structures and procedures

Law of Government

1994; 1998

Law of Culture Council of Lithuania

2012

Regulation of Lithuanian Culture and Art Council

2001; 2009

Law of Local Self-government

2000, amended

Law of Culture Support Fund

1998; 2012, amended

Government's Resolution on Regulation of the Ministry of Culture

2010

Law on Press, Radio and Television Support Fund (Media Support Fund)

1996

Financing

Law on Budget Institutions

1995

Arts

Law on Cinema

2002; amended 2011

Law on the Status of Art Creator and Art Creators' Organisations

1996; amended 2011

Law on Theatres and Concert Institutions

2004

Heritage

Guidelines for National Protection of Cultural Heritage

2012

Law on Protection of Immovable Cultural Heritage

1994, amended 2005

Law on the Protection of Movable Cultural Properties

1996, amended 2010

Government's Resolution on the Programme of Museums Modernisation.

2007

Law on Protected Territories

2001

Law on Planning of Territories

1995; amended 2004

Law on State Commission on Protection of Cultural Heritage

2005

Law on the Principles of the State Protection of Ethnic Culture

1999

Law on Museums

1995, amended 2003

Law on National Produce Heritage

2007

Law on Documents and Archives

1995; amended 2004

Regulation on State indemnity for temporary imported cultural goods to Lithuania

2003

Government Resolution on Strategy of Digitalisation of Lithuanian Cultural Heritage

2009

Copyright

Law on Authors and Related Rights

1999 (amended 2003; 2006)

Copyright and Related Rights Protection Strategy

2000

Table 4:     Lithuania ratified several important international conventions

Title of the act

Year of ratification

Heritage

Convention on the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage

1992

UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

1998

Second Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Protocol

2001

Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe

1999

European Convention on the Protection of Audiovisual Heritage

2003

UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects

1997

UNESCO Convention on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)

2004

Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001)

2006

European Landscape Convention

2002

European Convention on the Protection of Archeological Heritage

1999

UNESCO Convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property

1998

Copyright

Rome Convention on the protection of performers, phonogram producers and broadcasting organisations

1998

Convention on the Protection of Phonogram Producers against Illegal Copying of their Phonograms

1999

Bern Convention

1996

Rome Convention

1998

Geneva Convention

1999

The World Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty (WIPO Copyright Treaty)

2000

Culture and Arts

Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

2006

European Convention on Transfrontier Television

2000

European Cultural Convention

2000

European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production

1999

National minorities

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

2000


Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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