3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends
During the last years, international cultural co-operation has been entrusted to the Directorate of International Relations and European Harmonisation of the Ministry of Culture, which has focused its activity on three main areas: bilateral co-operation, multilateral projects and the promotion of the country's cultural image. After the Ministry's reorganisation in November 2009, these activities were transferred to the Section for European Integration, Relations and International Projects.
Moldova has ratified important international treaties and conventions related to culture. It joined UNESCO in 1993 and became part to the European Cultural Convention in 1994. It is also a full member of l'Agence de la Francophonie.
The main priorities in the field of international co-operation, in recent years, have been:
- developing Moldovan involvement in international projects, initiated by the Council of Europe, European Union and UNESCO;
- promoting the cultural image of the country through participation of artistic groups at cultural events abroad; and
- promoting the national cultural tourism at international level.
Chapter published: 11-03-2015