COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

A special award for cultural projects with refugees was offered by the Federal Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs in December 2015.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

In January 2015, the German Lost Art Foundation was established and focuses on Nazi "looted art" as well as the loss of cultural assets under Soviet occupation and in the GDR.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

In March 2015, for the first time, Germany submitted heritage proposals for inclusion on the register of the UNESCO Convention on the conservation of intangible cultural heritage.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media Affairs set up the V. Special Programme for Monument Protection in autumn 2015.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The real costs of restoring cultural buildings has been considerably higher than planned, e.g Staatsoper Berlin +130 mil EUR and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg +600 mil EUR.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

Around 1.6 million people earned their main income in the culture and creative industries in 2014.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.4 Social security frameworks

A protection law regarding social insurance provisions for self-employed artists came into force in January 2015.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

A Draft Collecting Societies Act was adopted by the German Cabinet in Nov 2015.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

A draft of a "Law of improved enforcement of the right to equitable remuneration for originators, authors and practicing artists" was presented in October 2015.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.8 Data protection laws

From January 2016 the Federal Representative for Data Security and Access to Information (BfDI) was being restructured into an entirely independent supreme Federal authority.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.3 Cultural heritage

The federal cabinet passed the draft law on protection of cultural assets in November 2015 which harmonises legislation in this field.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

The Ministry of Culture of Schleswig-Holstein presented a draft act on libraries in November 2015.

6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

The budget for cultural affairs on the national level rose continuously between 2006 and 2014, with an increase of 53% during that time.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

The cultural expenditures of the various federal states increased between 10% and 18% in the period 2005-2011