COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

The lowering of income tax in 2015 will impact on local budgets which are dependent on this tax.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

A new Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Culture for 2014-2016 was adopted in December 2013.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.2 Overall description of the system

Under 2013 amendments to the Law on Cultural Councils, six cities out of 11 with more than 20 000 inhabitants had committed to establishing Cultural Councils.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

The Foundation Croatia House was established in 2014 with the aim to promote Croatian culture abroad, with a first call for proposals in June 2014.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

The budget for international cooperation at the Ministry of Culture was cut once again in 2014.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

The Regional Cultural Cooperation of South East Europe adopted the Dubrovnik Declaration in October 2014 which incorporates all the documents and initiatives and integrates European Union guidelines on cultural heritage usage and management.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The building of the Academy of Music at the University of Zagreb was inaugurated in 2014 at a cost of approx.28 million EUR.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

Despite the positive trend of  support for new museums in recent years, here has been some criticism of less investment in modernisation and strengthening of the capacities of existing museums.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

In 2014, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts opened a Pilot Project for contemporary design and artistic and traditional projects in the sum of 67 000 EUR.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies

A booklet is available promoting women workers in the film industry entitled "Cinderellas, Queens and Godmothers of Croatian Film 2012/2013".

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

The new Croatian Network of Independent Cinemas – ‘Kino mreža’ - was established in Zagreb in November 2014.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

The draft of the new Regulations about the procedures and conditions for the recognition of the rights of artists to have their retirement, disability and medical insurance paid out of the national budget of the Republic of Croatia was put online for public discussion in 2014, but still no changes are evident.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

The Open Call on nominations for the European Capital of Culture for 2020 was opened in June 2014 which subsequently resulted in the elaboration of strategic documents for culture in applicant cities.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.6 Labour laws

The establishment of the Association of Independent Professionals in October 2014 is based around authors involved in co-working practices.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

In November 2014, the Croatian Composers' Society, Collecting Society signed contracts with YouTube (for remunerating authors for advertisements shown) and with Google for licensing music of authors in the Google Media Player Service.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

Spending on film co-productions doubled between 2012 and 2013, which benefit from the Cash Rebate Programme of up to 20% of film production costs incurred in Croatia.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.2 Public cultural expenditure broken down by level of government

The planned cultural budget for 2014 of the City of Zagreb shows the first increase in funding in for five years.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.3 Sector breakdown

In 2014 the total budget for culture dropped to 0.49% of the total state budget, which is the lowest point since the nineties.

8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

In 2013, support for education in cultural management was awarded to 20 managers through an educational programme executed by the DEVOS Institute and supported by the Ministry of Culture.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.2 Policies and programmes

A working group of the new strategy for promotion of reading met for the first time in June 2014.