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

In 2014, new guidelines for projects supported by international funds have been introduced, increasing transparency, accountability and economic efficiency.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

With 4 changes in ministers from 2011 to 2014, the Ministry of Culture and Information’s most important long-term developments in strategy, legislation and investments have all been stalled.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

Cultural projects as part of the WW1 commemorations are being organised over a 5 year period to 2019.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

Different political opinions and approaches to the organisation of culture in Serbia are impacting on projects and institutions.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

Developing heritage tourism has taken priority over heritage protection in recent years.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

A "White Paper for cultural heritage in Serbia" was planned in 2014, to be used as a road map for reforms at the different government, public and private levels.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

Results of a research project on the wider benefits of cultural heritage rehabilitation and exploring the heritage dividend are due in 2015.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

Creative Serbia 2020 involves research, promotion and funding of the creative industries.

Serbia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

The national strategy of switching from analogue to digital broadcasting has been adopted, and the "switch off" happened on 17 June 2015.

Serbia/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

Legal Entities are entitled to deduct 5% of their income for donations made to culture from 2014, up from 3%.

5.2 Legislation on culture

Bills on various cultural spheres were in process at the end of 2014 - on Archives, on Amendments to the Law on Culture, on Amendments to the Libraries and Informatics, on Amendments to the Law on Old and Rare Library Materials, on Amendments to the Law on the Legal Deposit of Publications.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.2 Public cultural expenditure broken down by level of government

There was a significant rise in the budget of the Ministry of Culture in 2014.

8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers

8.1.2 Special artists funds

Proposed changes to the Law on Culture include the cancellation of ‘National Artistic Pensions’.

8.1 Direct and indirect support to artists

8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions

A new Association Law has been put on the Parliament's agenda, which is expected to give artists' associations the possibility to earn money through their activities and to invest in projects of NGOs.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

Despite new digital trends, official statistics show that the number of Library users have increased steadily in the years to 2013.

8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives

8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture

Financial support for amateur arts associations doubled between 2009 and 2014.

8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives

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

In 2014 relations between the Minister of Culture and the independent cultural scene improved.