COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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 Austria - Profile Updates


3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.1 Organisational structure (organigram)

Lower Austria presented a revised culture strategy in 2015, developed on a broad basis, with objectives and focal points for the coming years.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.1 Organisational structure (organigram)

Salzburg produced Cultural Development Plan II (2015), with sharpened cultural guidelines and principles, considering social and cultural development as well as a culture policy action framework for the years to come.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.2 Overall description of the system

The Arts Report (on state expenditure for the arts and cultural activities) and the Culture Report (on state expenditure for the main cultural institutions) will be combined in 2016.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

International cultural policy themes for 2015 to 2018 include film and new media, architecture, dance, women in the arts and sciences and Austria as a location for dialogue.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

Austria has signed and ratified the Council of Europe's Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro, 2005), which entered into force in 2015.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

A new funding initiative: "Leader transnational Culture" supports suitable transformation processes in rural areas by the means of art, culture and creativity.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

At a Glance. EU Regional Supports for Art and Culture is a new handbook that presents profiles of all current programmes in Austria and offers concrete and practical support for Austrian artists, cultural workers and institutions.

4.2 Recent policy issues and debates

4.2.6 Media pluralism and content diversity

The Austrian Communications Authority’s subsidy for maintaining the regional diversity of daily newspapers and a quality subsidy for press clubs, training institutions and internal editorial training has been declining since 2010.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.4 Social security frameworks

The Law setting up a Social Security Insurance Fund for Artists was amended again in 2015, enhancing the eligibility guidelines for access to unemployment funds.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

A list of cultural institutions from all artistic fields shall be added in 2016 to The Income Tax Act, making their donations tax-deductible.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

An amendment to the Austrian VAT Law in 2015 adds a third rate of VAT at 13% that specifically applies to cultural institutions, cinema, theatre and concert tickets.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

An amendment to the copyright law was adopted in 2015, whereby all storage media purchased are charged certain rates that are paid to and redistributed by the collecting societies.