The Law on Local Self Government (2002) re-allocated some responsibilities to the municipalities, such as: development of local interest in culture; institutional and financial support of cultural institutions and projects, preserving folklore, customs, old crafts and similar cultural values; organising cultural events; and encouragement of various specific forms of art.
According to the Decision on the Network of National Institutions in the Field of Culture, 64 of 115 cultural institutions are considered local institutions. It means that local authorities are responsible to provide financing of basic costs (salaries, running costs etc.) of these institutions.
According to the new Law for the City of Skopje, the City of Skopje is responsible for:
- institutional and financial support of the cultural institutions and projects of importance for the City of Skopje;
- fostering the folklore, tradition, old craftsmanship and similar cultural values;
- organising cultural events, encouragement of various specific forms of creativity; and
- recognising events and persons of importance for the City of Skopje.