COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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 Georgia - Profile Updates


2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

With the new political administration taking office in 2014, the development of a first cultural policy concept for Georgia has been reinitiated.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The Government of Georgia is expected to adopt the long-term Strategy for Culture 2025 and the first Action Plan 2016/2017 for implementing the strategy by the end of 2015.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.2 Overall description of the system

The Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia commenced cooperation with USAID for the first time, with a view to improving institutional effectiveness.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.2 Overall description of the system

Presidential power in the regions, realised through the institute of presidential "rtsmunebuli, is now being subsumed under government control in changes to the Constitution.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

A working group for reviewing infrastructure needs was established by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia at the end of 2014.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

An Association Agreement signed with the EU in June 2014 includes cooperation in the cultural field.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

In January 2015, Georgia became the first Neighbourhood country to join the Creative Europe Programme.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

A new joint Armenia and Georgia cinema project is an effective and powerful tool for intercultural dialogue, strengthening good neighbourly relations and bringing the two countries closer.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

Protests and legal challenges continue over the decision by the government to revoke cultural heritage status from the 5000 year old Sakdrisi Gold Mine in favour of mining.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

In 2014 ICOMOS Georgia completed a document on national cultural heritage policy, including an analysis of and recommendations for current policy and a review of the challenges and opportunities facing heritage protection.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The Expert Panel on issues of cultural heritage, set by law, has been replaced by an Intergovernmental Council composed of specialists from outside the field, drawing protests by civil society organisations.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

By delegating most of its obligations in the management of cultural heritage to the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, the move could be interpreted as abdicating some of its responsibilities.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

A heritage monument survival programme has been launched in 2015 to rehabilitate unique architectural complexes.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

The establishment of the LEPL National Centre for Georgian Books in 2014 is important for the promotion of the publishing sector in Georgia.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

Changes to the Tax Code from 2015 will help the film industry by allowing producers in receipt of state funding to pay tax only after the release of a film.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.2 Policies and programmes

A project launched in January 2015 aims to spark interest by students in the theatre, by organising visits relating to stage management, directing, rehearsals, history and archives, and performances.