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Romania/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.1 Constitution

Romanian legislation does not comprise a unique normative act  that fully covers all areas of the cultural sector. There are specific regulations for particular areas of the cultural sector, covering the protection of historical monuments / cultural mobile assets, written culture, libraries, cinematography, copyright and related rights, concerts, theatrical and musical performances. Specific legislation has been recently adopted or, in the case of outdated acts, amendments were made or are under debate.

The principles found in the recently adopted regulations constitute guidelines to be followed in drawing up national cultural policies by the competent authorities.

The Romanian Constitution, amended in 2003, states in Article 33:

"(1) Access to culture is guaranteed by law.

(2)            A person's freedom to develop his / her spirituality, and to get access to the values of national and universal culture, shall not be limited.

(3)            The State must make sure that spiritual identity is preserved, national culture is supported, arts are stimulated, cultural legacy is protected and preserved, contemporary creativity is developed, and Romania's cultural and artistic values are promoted throughout the world."

Chapter published: 23-08-2012

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