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3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

In 2015 a Protocol for cooperation was signed between the National Conservation Centre and the Turkish Agency for cooperation regarding conservation projects on several mosques in Skopje.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

Some of the priorities following the elections in 2014 are regulations for publishing, encouraging foreign investment in the film industry, working conditions in music and art establishments, cultural heritage measures, and cultural heritage in old city centres.

FYR of Macedonia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

In 2015 the National Council for Cultural Heritage was constituted within the Ministry of Culture.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.8 Social cohesion and cultural policies

Under a new measure in 2015, people with special needs are being encouraged and assisted to sell their creative works in souvenir shops around the country.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.3 Allocation of public funds

The budget line for "national interest in the cultural field" has been criticised for lack of transparency on decision making and finances.

FYR Macedonia/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.6 Labour laws

The Syndicate for Culture has complained that amendments to the Law on Culture categorising artists as service providers are regressive and irrational.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

In the 2013/2014 season the number of performances at professional theatres increased by 5.7% compared to the previous year

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

The number of cinema showings decreased in 2014 by 11.9% compared to 2013, while cinema attendance dropped by 2.3%.

8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

The Ministry of Culture has announced a programme to support the development of young artists and professionals in film, theatre, music, dance, literature, visual arts, and protection of movable and immovable cultural heritage in 2014.

8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives

8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels

In 2015 The "Core" Association announced an initiative for establishing the first (hybrid) cultural institution based on public - civil partnership.