COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Poland/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Since 1998, inter-ministerial co-operation in the field of culture has been extensively organised around the programmes devoted to the preparation of Poland for EU membership. The European Committee of the Council of Ministers was formed in March 2004 to operate as a decision-making forum and is responsible for drafting EU integration policy.

There are also a few examples of other types of cooperation:

  • in December 2004 the Minister of Culture and the chairman of the Central Statistical Office established a research group. The aim of the group is to carry out research of primary and secondary sources of quantitative and qualitative data for the cultural sector and to establish a methodological basis for the qualitative data of the cultural system. The National Centre for Culture is responsible for providing assistance to the group;
  • another programme of interest is the campaign entitled All of Poland Reads to Kids. This programme was established by the ABCXXI – All of Poland Reads to Kids Foundation. It was launched on 1st June 2001; there is no intention to end the project. It is a nationwide project aimed at encouraging reading among children and increasing the role of literature in the process of children's mental development. The campaign has received strong support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as significant media patronage and sponsorship (many well-known NGOs and public institutions are involved). The project has received a great deal of visibility thanks to strong and modern advertising opportunities in many nationwide television broadcasts and coverage in the main newspapers and periodicals; and
  • in February 2009, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, and the Minister of Education, Katarzyna Hall, signed an Agreement on Cultural Education in Public Schools. According to this agreement, the programme of cultural education in schools will be enlarged and modified to make it more relevant for pupils.
  • in 2010, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage started cooperating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on development of the web portal http://www.kula.gov.pl - Culture in the network for children. Both ministries share responsibility also for promotion of Poland abroad.

Chapter published: 20-08-2015

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