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

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The Ministry of Culture’s priorities for 2014 are: access to culture for all; effective management of cultural heritage; international competitiveness; enhancing tolerance and intercultural dialogue; and development of cultural services via the media.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

In 2014, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute became the title of the international contact point for European programmes in Lithuania

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

A new programme outlines the State and EU financial investments in the cultural sector 2014-2020, one part dealing with cultural heritage and the other dealing with modernisation of the cultural infrastructure.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

A schools project started in 2013 by the Lithuanian Association of Artists provides direct communication between pupils and famous artists or cultural persons as well as theory sessions conducted by representatives of 11 fields of art.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

A project of the Lithuanian Association of Artists (2013-2014) includes training seminars on marketing for NGO’s and evaluation of documents on the cultural and creative industries sector.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

In 2014 the Ministry of Culture prepared the new model of remuneration for actors of state drama and music theatres who have partial labour hours in permanent job institutions.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

In 2012 the average monthly net wage of employees in the fields of arts, entertainment and recreation was 474,5 EUR, while those in the scientific and technicalsectors earned 780 EUR. The net wage of culture employees was the lowest at 200-250 EUR.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

In 2013 a Ministerial Order passed the Schedule of Programmes for Protection of Creative Activity, Authors and Related Rights.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.3 Cultural heritage

In 2014 the Ministry of Culture outlined draft Guidelines of Strategic Development of Museums for the years 2014 – 2020.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

The number of books published in Lithuania is dropping by 15-20% annually on average.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

Film Centre financial support to the film industry in Lithuania increased by 10% between 2013 and 2014.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

Culture as a share of total central government spending in Lithuania was 2.14% in 2013, compared to 1.76% in 2012.

8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

From January 2014, three types of grants are available: for development of creativity; for participation in workshops etc; and for remarkable artistic contribution.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

The Eurobarometersurvey on Cultural access and participation (2013) revealed that only 49% of Lithuanians are interested in national culture and art whereas the average in Europe is 69%.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

A Ministry of Culture survey (2014) on the quality of cultural services shows the most positive service quality changes were estimated in libraries and access to archives via the internet, film shows and visual arts.