COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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FYR of Macedonia/ 5.2 Legislation on culture  

The main law in the field of culture is the Law on Culture (1998) which was meant to be a unified law for the cultural field. When it was passed in 1998, partial co-ordination was achieved between the existing constitutional system and the new social, political and economic conditions in the country. It also guaranteed the freedom of creative work and related rights; made possible the introduction of a civil concept of culture; an equal status for public and private entities that work in the field of culture; introduction of a decentralised system for culture; financing activities in the "national interest" through an open competition, etc. However, it is important to note that past experience with the Law on Culture revealed many weaknesses and pointed out the necessity for amendments. It became clear that a re-evaluation of the Law on Culture was necessary. Subsequently, the Law on Culture was amended 17 times.

The National Strategy for Cultural Development has stated that the Law on Culture has become old-fashioned, rigid and anachronous. A new law on exercising the public interest in culture is in preparation.

Since proclaiming independence in 1990, a number of new laws were passed in the field of culture including:

Title of the act

Year of adoption

Law on Compulsory Deposits to the National Library

1994

(amended 2008/2011)

Law on Copyright and Related Rights

2010

(amended 2011/2015)

Law on the Use of the Macedonian Language

1998

(amended 1998/2003/ 2005/2008/2010/2013/

2015/2017)

Law on Culture

1998

(amended 1998/2003/2005/   2007/2010/2011/2012/2013/

2014/2015/2016/2018)

Law for Protection of Cultural Heritage

2004

(amended 2004/2007/2011/2013/2014/

2015/2016/2018)

Law on Museums

2004

(amended 208, 2010, 2011/2015/2016

Law on Libraries

2004   (amended 2008/2010/2011/2015/2016)

Law on Memorial Monuments and Commemorative Sites

2004   (amended 2008/2015)

Media Law

2005

Law on the Film Fund

2006

(amended 2008, 2011, 2012)

Law on Publishing

2014

(amended 2015)

Law on Audiovisual Goods

2008

amended 2011

Law on the Protection of the Skopje Old Bazaar as significant cultural monument

2008

amended 2010

Law on Copyright and Related Rights

2010

Law on Governing of the World Natural and Cultural Heritage in the Ohrid Region

2011

(amended 2015)

Law on the National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia

2011

(annuled 2017)

Law on the Protection of the old town centre of Krusevo as significant cultural heritage

 

2012

Law on the Support of Domestic Music Production

2013

(annuled 2018)

Law on Film

2013

(amended 2014/2015/2016/2018)

Law on State Awards

2006

(amended 2007)

Law on Audiovisual Goods

2008   (amended 2011/2016)

Law on the Protection of the old town centre of Kratovo as significant cultural heritage

2014

Law on the Protection of the old town centre of Bitola as significant cultural heritage

2015


Chapter published: 06-02-2019

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