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FYR of Macedonia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the international cultural cooperation within the framework of the Ministry's competencies and possibilities. It also co-operates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordinating international cultural cooperation.

Especially since December 2005, when it was granted the status of candidate country, EU integration has been the most relevant issue in the country. Harmonisation of the legal system with EU standards is a priority in the programmes of the government and the parliament. The EU integration process has been on the agenda of all levels of government. However, in the past two years the political opposition has argued that the EU integration process is no longer a priority of the government, even in the cultural field.

There are Macedonian cultural centres in Sofia (Bulgaria) and New York (USA) that play a certain role in international cooperation. The government announced the opening of new cultural centres in Istanbul (Turkey) and Moscow (Russia). 

Chapter published: 06-10-2015

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