An essential role in cultural policy is also played by regions and municipalities through the regional and municipal authorities. The regions were reconstructed quite recently in the CR (see also chapter 1.1). The original 7 regions that were created with districts in 1960 were cancelled in 1990. Fourteen regions were established on the basis of Constitutional Act No. 347/1997 Coll. on creating higher territorial units. The regions were created from 76 districts that were abolished when the regions were established and they commenced activity on 1 January 2001. The regions support the development of culture and establish regional libraries, museums and galleries, regional theatres, orchestras and institutes of archaeological preservation from their budget. The regions also co-create financial, conceptual and legislative assumptions for the development of culture in the region in conformity with concepts of the government of the CR and recommendations of the Ministry of Culture.