In the previous community support framework there was a specific programme for culture, as for other sectors, called the Operational Programme for Culture (POC – Programa Operacional da Cultura), in which the Ministry of Culture was heavily involved. The current (2007-2013) National Strategic Reference Framework (Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional – QREN) does not have these sectoral programmes. Instead a line of cross-sector programmes has been created, with an emphasis on the creative industries.
GPEARI monitors applications made under specific culture-related regulations and deals with applications made by departments of the Ministry of Culture to the QREN; it compiles data on approved projects which have an impact on the cultural sector or are related to it, especially those put together by companies in the creative and cultural sector.
Portugal is one of the European countries whose cultural organisations are taking part in the Culture Programme 2007-2013.
Portugal is a member of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (Comunidade de Países de Língua Portuguesa – CPLP). Political, economic and cultural relations between member-states take place within this body. An example of a cultural event organised by the CPLP is the “CPLP Cultural Week”, which featured a schedule of events reflecting the diversity of lusophone culture.
In March 2007 Portugal ratified the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its Annex, adopted by the 33rd UNESCO General Conference in Paris in October 2005. The convention entered into force in Portugal on 16 June 2007 (Notice 180/2010, Diário da República, 1st Series – No. 155 – 11 August 2010).
Portugal approved the Convention on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted at the 32nd Session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris on 17 October 2003, by parliamentary resolution 12/2008.
GPEARI represents the Ministry of Culture at UNESCO.