COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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The objectives of the Ministry of Culture for 2015 and future years are outlined in section 2.3.

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Ukraine/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The Law of Ukraine on Culture (2011) proclaims the following objectives or main principles:

  • acknowledgement of culture as one of main factors for self-expression of the Ukrainian nation, all indigenous peoples and national minorities;
  • contribution to the establishment of an integrated cultural space of Ukraine, preservation of culture integrity;
  • protection and preservation of cultural heritage as a basis of national culture, concern for cultural development;
  • efforts in strengthening humanistic ideas, high moral principles in social life;
  • providing freedom of creativity, protection of incorporeal rights, copyright and neighbouring rights;
  • assurance of civic rights in culture;
  • create conditions for individual creative development; increase cultural level; aesthetic education of citizens; availability of cultural education for children and youth, broadening of educational programmes through national museums, galleries, reserves, etc.; meeting the cultural needs of the Ukrainian nation, indigenous peoples, and national minorities; development of cultural institutions irrespective of form of ownership; attraction of investments; money from paid services; donations, other sources allowed by Law to Culture;
  • assistance in activity of professional associations and social culture organisations; creation of domestic (national) cultural product in the Ukrainian language and functioning of the Ukrainian language in the cultural space all over Ukraine; access of citizens to cultural goods;
  • determination of aesthetic education of children and youth as a priority of culture development;
  • assurance of activity of the basic network of cultural institutions, educational cultural establishments;
  • support of cultural activities related to production and distribution of electronic and print media, audio and visual products, development of computer technologies and an increase in their potential for enlargement of access and involvement of citizenship to cultural activities, etc.;
  • promotion of Ukrainian national culture in all its diversity abroad and global cultural achievements in Ukraine;
  • support of national cultural producers;
  • support of Ukrainian cultural life all over the world;
  • encouraging a Ukrainian character in the modern entertainment industry;
  • support of regional cultures and increasing importance of regional, district centres, cities with historic cultural traditions;
  • development of international cultural collaboration; and
  • establishment of an insurance fund for documentation on cultural values and documents on cultural heritage objects.

The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine has prepared in September 2017 the necessary documents for a Presidential Edict to announce 2018 year as the Year of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage, which will coincide with the Year of European Heritage announced by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. It means, as the Minister of Culture stated, that each town should envisage funds for renovation of its museums, reserves, palaces and monuments, even of local significance”. At the same time, one will expect that the main goals of the European Year will be “to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion”.

A Ukraine Cultural Policy Peer Review prepared by the Council of Europe in 2017 (13-15 March) states that the Government, besides others, needs to establish a clear vision for cultural decentralization. It needs to be clear about the benefits that will be achieved. The Ministry of Culture should develop a communication strategy aimed at local authorities and stakeholders to convey its vision and promote culture as a driver of local social and economic development. The Ministry of Culture should be resourced to control implementation of the reform, notably with a view to:

  • control maintenance and repair work on historical sites deemed of national importance;
  • monitor impact of decentralization in regions notably on the functioning of local cultural centres, museums and libraries, in relation to set objectives; and
  • be able to influence legislative and regulatory development (in the field of regional and economic development, finance, education and tourism) which may affect the provision of cultural services, cultural production or distribution and artistic education.

Chapter published: 06-02-2018

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