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 objectives of the Ministry of Culture for 2015 and future years are outlined in section 2.3.

3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.2 Overall description of the system

Since 2014, there is a special Presidential Adviser on cultural issues as an independent office in the State Secretariat.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

In 2014, Ukraine negotiated with the European Commission on participation in the Creative Europe programme and establishing a programme office.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

A research programme on culture industries in Ukraine started in 2014. It is to provide a basis for a future State Programme for Cultural Industries Development.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

The 2014 and 2015 Budget allocations for cinematography are 50% less compared to 2013.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

A draft law on changes to various legislation that  support financing cinematography provides for the introduction of fees and taxes to support national cinematography development.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.2 Division of jurisdiction

The new Law On Principles of State Regional Policy 2015 includes sustainable development based on cultural heritage and regional historical, ethnic and cultural uniqueness.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.2 Division of jurisdiction

Cultural infrastructures on the local level are threatened by 2015 Budget plans, as they will have to compete with other vital services for scarce resources.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.3 Allocation of public funds

Drastic changes in exchange rates and the rush drop in the value of the hryvnia (national currency) let culture expenditures decline trifold in international comparisons.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.6 Labour laws

The amount of support for cultural unions decreased almost by half between 2013 and 2014.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

Copyright provisions and compliance with international norms have become one of the main priorities of cultural strategy formulated by experts and widely discussed by different stakeholders.

5.2 Legislation on culture

In 2015, the proposed Law of Ukraine On Preservation of Cultural Heritage supports decentralization of powers in heritage protection to regional level, and  provides for protection of the world heritage objects under UNESCO protection.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

Culture and art institute's gain more autonomy and independence under the new Law on Higher Education approved in December 2014.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

In 2014, the Ministry of Culture elaborated amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine concerning rates of taxes for touring activities.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Concerning the Contractual Basis for Working in Culture Institutions will address guidelines for appointment of managers.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

The Law on Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine 2015 exempts national book producers from VAT.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

Book publishing in Ukraine declined in 2014 by almost 20%.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.2 Policies and programmes

A new cinema showing only Ukrainian films, and organising meetings related to film, was opened in Kyiv in February 2015.