After the Parliamentary elections in 2016 and the new coalition Government (2017) the main cultural policy issues are the necessary reforms in the field of culture as well as the reforms of the whole system. Most of the main cultural issues were elaborated in the new National Strategy for Cultural Development (see chapter 1.1 for objectives of the National Strategy) and the Ministry of Culture has already started some of the necessary reforms. They established 20 working groups for revising the most important issues in the global cultural policy (decentralisation, new laws in the field of culture, transformation of the Ministry of Culture, international cooperation, cultural industries, protection of the cultural heritage, theatres, “Skopje 2014” etc.).
Some of the issues are present in the cultural policy since 2005, such as the question of decentralisation and the re-allocation of the responsibilities (not only in the field of culture) to the municipalities and to the City of Skopje.
The first step was made in December 2003 with the government’s Decision on the Network of National Institutions in the Field of Culture. According to this Decision, only 51 (from the previous 115) institutions gained the status of national institutions. It also included a major change in the re-allocation of the responsibilities for culture. Since June 2005 this decentralisation model has been put into practice. The previous Government did nothing in this direction.
The new Government (June 2017) has announced its main cultural priorities (freedom of creativity, equality, universal good) and most important principles (accessibility, inclusiveness, cultural democracy, new models of financing culture etc.).