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Netherlands/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is dependent on cooperation with other ministries. Consultations with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry Economic Affairs must be undertaken constantly in order to safeguard the interests of arts and culture. In principle, all kinds of contacts between ministries are possible. In some cases, committees for interdepartmental cooperation are installed – the duration of their existence may vary.

Some examples of inter-ministerial or intergovernmental cooperation are:

  • Several ministries work together on "top-sector" policy, rolled out nationwide in 2011. The creative industries are, next to agriculture & food, chemicals industry, energy, high tech industries, life sciences and health, horticulture, logistics and water one of the nine top sectors. In this policy field, the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs cooperate together. The aim is to increase the added value of the creative industries (encompassing dance, pop, broadcasting, printed and other media, design – including fashion and gaming –, architecture, urban development, landscape architecture, and e-culture) to society and the economy. To kick-start the process, money is provided by earmarking national research funds, creating public-private partnerships and allocating financial means through the new Creative Industries Fund NL, in which pre-existing funds are merged, which has an annual budget of 11.4 million EUR (see chapter 4.2.3 and chapter 8.1.2).
  • The Ministries of Security and Justice, Finance and Education, Culture and Science initiated a Gift Inheritance Tax Act [Geefwet] to stimulate philanthropy for culture by making it fiscally more attractive (see chapter 5.1.5).
  • The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice is responsible for copyright legislation. The Copyright Act 1912 and the Neighbouring Rights Act protect literary, scientific and artistic works, and the creative achievements of artists. The Ministry of Justice implements the acts (see chapter 5.1.7).
  • The Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations has established a subsidy scheme which aims to allocate a certain percentage of the construction costs of government projects to the purchase of works of art (see chapter 5.3.1).
  • The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science concerning the matter of cultural heritage and spatial planning. Together, the ministries formulated the 2011 policy letter Choosing for Character [Kiezen voor Karakter]. With this letter, they aim to stimulate and improve the modernisation of monumental care and its incorporation in spatial planning (see chapter 4.2.2 and chapter 5.3.3).
  • The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science share (since 1997) responsibility for international cultural relations, one of the priorities of cultural policy in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for cultural attachés in embassies, representing Dutch culture abroad, activities carried out within the Council of Europe and UNESCO, and for the geographically strategic regions. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science takes responsibility for cultural policy and the funding of BIS institutions with international potential. There is also cooperation in a programme on internationalisation of the creative industries and the performing arts. Both ministries support the organisation DutchCulture. This centre for international cooperation supports the implementation of Dutch international cultural policy and contributes to the foreign agenda and cultural image of the Netherlands.

Chapter published: 05-08-2015

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