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2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

In 2015 the Government of the Czech Republic adopted the new State Cultural Policy for 2015-2020.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The government plans new acts on culture, heritage and pulic culture institutions.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

A new Concept of the Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic was prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

Cultural priorities of the government are to raise expenditure on culture to 1% of the state budget, to  directly link revenue from tourism and expenditure on heritage, and to make consistent use of funds from the EU and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the restoration of monuments.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

A new Concept of Support for the Arts for 2015-2020 was due to be adopted by the Government at the end of 2015.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The new Heritage Act was due to be submitted to the government in 2015, which was slow to process due to a number of very sensitive issues relating to the protection of heritage stock.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

There is a new Concept for the Development of Museums in the Czech Republic for 2015-2020

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.8 Social cohesion and cultural policies

In February 2015 a new Concept of Roma Integration 2015-2020 was adopted.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

More than 45% of employees in the cultural sector work in branches where the wages are lower than the national average wage.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

The proposed percentage budget for culture (excluding film) for 2015 falls for the first time below the level of half a per cent out of the total public budget.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.3 Allocation of public funds

Complex changes to procurement rules were introduced in a new act that came into effect on 1 January 2015.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

From 1 January 2015 a second lower VAT rate of 10% was introduced for books, including illustrated books for children and sheet music.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

In 2014 a new Copyright Act transposed two directives of the EU into Czech law, on the term of protection of copyright and related rights and on certain uses of orphan works.

5.2 Legislation on culture

The current government's agenda includes preparation of legislation on public institutions in the field of culture.

6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

Financing to the culture sector in 2013 was 7.1% less than for 2012.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

The share of spending on culture out of total public budget expenditure increased from 1.62% in 2009 to 2.95% in 2013.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

Lottery industry says the banning of gambling machines will impact on funds for good causes including culture.

7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

A study on the Prague theatre network proposes solutions to the upcoming Civil Law which will introduce new legal forms of institutions.