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Sweden/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Since implementation of policies is typically a matter for government agencies rather than for the ministries themselves, inter-agency cooperation is much more common than direct inter-ministerial cooperation.

Several government agencies – primarily the Swedish Arts Council and the National Heritage Board – are cooperating with and supporting the regional and local levels of government. Cooperation between the national and regional levels in cultural policy is organised according to the Cultural Cooperation Model (see chapter 4.1). Under this model, nationally supported regional cultural policies are determined by agreements between the national and the regional governments.

In 2009 the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications increased cooperation on issues relating to creative industry. This is currently the main area for inter-ministerial cooperation. This cooperation supported by The Council for Cultural and Creative Industries. The Council is charged with supporting the government in its work with the national work plan on cultural and creative industries, but also with "initiating and stimulating a broader discussion on culture and creativity, what these can mean both for business and for society at large." Both ministries are also financing programmes relating to creative industry (see also chapter 4.2.3).

Culture Councils currently exist at the Swedish embassies in Beijing, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris and Washington, and at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. These representatives of Swedish culture are appointed by the Ministry of Culture but integrated in each embassy, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see  chapter 3.4.2).

Together with the National Heritage Board, the Swedish Arts Council runs the EU contact office for culture in Sweden, Cultural Contact Point Sweden (see  chapter 3.4.2).

Chapter published: 15-05-2017

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