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Netherlands/ 5.2 Legislation on culture  

The Cultural Policy Act (Special Purpose Funding) 1993[Wet op het specifiek cultuurbeleid] was considered a milestone in the legal basis of Dutch policy. It defined and redefined a number of aspects of cultural policy. This act was needed to ratify specific payments by the government to local authorities and national public cultural funds. It also regulates specific policy and financial relations with the provinces and municipalities (see chapter 5.1.3).

Cultural education is partly rooted in legislation on education: law on primary education (Wet op het primair onderwijs WPO), law on secondary education (Wet op het voortgezet onderwijs) and law on higher education and research (Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek). They define the framework for cultural education in primary and secondary education, and arts education (training of artists and art teachers). The adult and vocational education act describes the framework for some of the so-called creative vocational training in secondary vocational education (Mbo).

Chapter published: 15-03-2017

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