Direct professional cooperation of the cultural institutions is also mostly financed by the Ministry of Culture and it represents the main international co-operation in recent years. Through the Annual competition for financing the national interest in culture, the Ministry of Culture supports international projects of national and local institutions, NGO’s, associations and artists in promoting cultural cooperation with European countries and other parts of the world.
In the past decade there was a notable trend for a lot of cultural NGOs as well as professional associations of artists and cultural workers to establish international connections and to participate in numerous international projects and different types of professional cooperation. Almost all professional associations of artists and cultural workers are members of international professional organisations and/or international cultural networks. The interest of cultural operators and artists in participating in various international networks continues to be ever growing and more visible.