The Sectoral Strategy for Culture and National Heritage for the period 2014-2020 states the Government’s medium-term priorities for the cultural sector that also were present in the Governing Programme 2013-2016:
- Development, renovation and proper equipment of cultural infrastructures in accordance with international realities, streamline and professional improvement in management and execution;
- Draw up and implementation of a national strategy for the restoration and valorisation of cultural heritage;
- Change of the law on heritage, draft the law on protected areas and the law on patronage in culture and art;
- Promote an active partnership between the state and the civil society.
For the period 2017-2020, Romania is involved in several important activities:
- participation of Romania, as honour guest, in the International Art Festival EUROPALIA (2019);
- the “Centenary” Program (2017-2020);
- the Cultural Season Romania-France (2018-2018);
- the European Cities Program;
- the cultural programme associated to Romania’s presidency of the EU Council (January-June 2019);
- the e-Cultura project;
- the participation in European Heritage Label and in 2018 – the European Year of Cultural Heritage actions;
- set-up and management of the action “European Capital of Culture” (CEaC) for 2021 in Romania;
- set-up of the national stand within the international book festivals of Jerusalem, Leipzig, Bologna, Budapest, Prague, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Istanbul and Sophia;
- organising the participation in the Venice Biennale (art/architecture).
Carrying out these activities contributes to the achievement of several general objectives and marks their importance in the context of the cultural and creative ecosystem of Romania and in the relationship with the European institutions.
Romania is constantly in the race for harmonising the European cultural objectives, by regularly updating its own agenda with the main European topics. Unfortunately, a complicated, difficult bureaucratic system – related to a lack of specialists in matters of policies and strategies, at the level of central and local authorities – makes it difficult for the cultural or artistic initiatives and products to become known in the member states.