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FYR of Macedonia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for implementing and monitoring all the international (bilateral or multilateral) agreements and conventions. The Ministry of Culture (with UNESCO National Commission) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, depending on the field of interest, are responsible for implementing and monitoring the conventions in the field of culture, such as the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Convention was ratified on May 22, 2007. In the past several years UNESCO has supported 15 projects in the fields of culture, education, science etc., and 8 grants for young researchers, professionals in the protection of cultural heritage etc.

Since January 2008, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (as a candidate for full EU membership) has access to European Union funds for culture. A Culture Contact Point was established (as part of the Ministry's Department for EU Integration), to inform and advise Macedonian institutions on accessing these funds. Lately the CCP has been transformed into a Division for Cooperation and Implementation of EU Cultural Programmes in the Ministry of Culture. Macedonian participation in the EU Programme "Culture 2007 - 2013" included 55 projects, of which 27 were literary translations.

As one of the co-founders of the International Foundation "Forum of Slavic Countries", Macedonia is an active participant in all its activities. On the Foundation's tenth jubilee, in 2014 Macedonia will host several interesting exhibitions ("Capital cities of the Slavic countries through archive material", "Slavic carnivals" etc.), museum seminars, concerts etc.

Chapter published: 06-10-2015

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