A new Council for Culture was created in the City of Belgrade in Sept 2012 to help manage its cultural system.
3.4.6 Other relevant issues
The first translation programme has been launched in September 2007. 33 foreign publishers participated in the competition with 46 projects, out of whom the Ministry supported 35 – with a total of 60 000 EUR for translation from Serbian into different foreign languages. Mostly, the chosen titles are from contemporary Serbian awarded authors, such as: Dragoslav Mihailovic, David Albahari, Dragan Velikic, Milorad Pavic, Mihajlo Pantic, Milena Markovic. Every year the interest of foreign publishers has been raised, thus in the year 2012, 71 project was submitted while 66 projects has been supported and amount has been raised up to 90 000 EUR.
Key issues concerning the Serbian Diaspora communities are the responsibility of the Ministry for the Diaspora, such as customs regulations, military service, voting rights, etc.). The Ministry has also been organising and supporting some programmes in the field of culture for the Diaspora communities, but those programmes are predominantly traditional (preserving language, traditions and religion, nurturing folk traditions, music etc.).
Continuous cultural actions and projects coordinated and supported by the Ministry for Religious Affairs and Diaspora include:
In 2007, The Ministry of the Diaspora set up centres for the diaspora and offices for the diaspora-network bodies responsible for Diaspora activities on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
In September 2007, a new system of supporting Diaspora projects was introduced. Open competitions to fund Diaspora projects have been set up in several areas: improving cooperation between the homeland and the Diaspora, fostering partnerships between the homeland and the Diaspora communities, protection of Serbian culture and traditional customs, protection and fostering of the Serbian language, affirmation of Serbian culture and traditions in the Diaspora communities. Competitions are open to Diaspora organisations as well as NGOs and associations registered in Serbia.
In the City of Belgrade, the new Council for Culture was created in September 2012. The role of the Council will be to help the City in restructuring its cultural system in order to survive this time of crisis. The budget of the City has decreased by 40% in 5 years and the extensive network of public cultural institutions (37 city institutions, plus a large network of festivals) is receiving symbolic funds for programmes and projects.