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The international cultural policy for 2014-2017 includes: enhancing mobility in strategic geographical areas; establishing artist-in-residence programmes abroad; promoting cultural and creative industries, and publicising important events and dates.

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Slovenia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

The main factor that influenced international cooperation in recent years is accession to the EU, which changed the focus of international co-operation in Slovenia. As a result, the countries of the EU became the target when planning Slovenian cultural activities abroad, particularly the country holding the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU. The National Programme for Culture 2014-2017 underlines the importance of the systematic and organised promotion of Slovenian culture abroad. According to the summary of this document the measures are focused on the following: to enhance Slovenian opportunities for international mobility with thematic presentations in targeted and strategic geographical areas; to establish artist-in-residence programmes abroad; to promote Slovenian cultural and creative industries, and to publicise important events and dates. Activities to increase the visibility and reach of presentations of Slovenian culture in the international sphere will also be an important element in Slovenian diplomacy. At the same time, it will be necessary to put in place appropriate monitoring of the impact of such presentations, in cooperation with the relevant actors. One of the general aims is recognisability of Slovenia and its presentation to Europe and the world as a unique mixture of tradition and modernity and as an integral part of European culture.

Slovenia co-operates on a bilateral level (mainly with European countries), a multilateral level (e.g. Middle European Initiative), participates in the activities of different networks (e.g. IETM, Junge Hunde) and the overall EU programmes (e.g. Creative Europe…) and those within the structural funds (especially the European Fund for Regional Development). Moreover, Slovenia also takes part in the programmes of the Council of Europe (e.g. Eurimages, Audio-visual Observatory, Europe-a common Heritage, European Heritage Network).

Chapter published: 11-02-2015

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