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

Two new trends, the emergence of "inter-municipal co-operation" and territorial devolution, will gradually and unavoidably impact on the cultural field.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Since 2014, a reform of the national school curriculum introduced more extracurricular activities, including cultural activities.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

In 2014 a first Regional Cultural Council was set up in Brittany to trial the project of transferring some of the competences from the DRAC to the regional authorities.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

In 2014, a report on Francophonie proposed 53 measures including an increase in French teaching, building cinema theatres in Africa, and the creation of a Francophone Economic Union.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

In 2014, negotiations regarding the national Unemployment Provision Convention, which planned to modify the specific regime of temporary performing artists and technicians, caused a series of strikes that troubled several summer festivals.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

In 2013, a number of different studies measured the economic weight of the cultural industries.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

An agreement was signed in 2013 between Google and Sacem, representing authors', composers' and music publishers' rights, relating to the platform YouTube.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

In 2013, the Ministry published a guide to the different schemes that support the cultural industries and set up a database on the different public measures in favour of media and cultural industries at local, national and EU level.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

In 2013, President Holland and the chairman of Google agreed an unprecedented plan for a 60 million EUR fund to facilitate the digital transition of the press sector.

6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

Direct State expenditure for Culture and Communication (including all Ministries) in 2015 is estimated at 12,9 billion euro, which is better than for 2013 and 2014.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

A survey on corporate sponsorship in France (2014) provides information on the allocation of funds and on issues of interest for sponsors.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

The government plans to deliver a report on the implementation of a special lottery on the European Heritage Days, the benefits of which would go to the Centre of National Monuments.