At the national level, the activity of the cultural centres is regulated by the Emergency Ordinance no. 118/21 December 2006 (updated) on the set up, organisation and development of cultural establishments’ activities. The funding of the cultural establishments is provided by the local public administrations, but there is no official statistics with the number of cultural centres at national level as yet. These small, nationwide-spread entities, present in almost all the territorial administrative units, are important especially for the drafting of a minimal cultural offer in the rural and small urban areas, inclusively due to their actual or possible contribution to the permanent education, to the professional training and orientation, as well as to the preservation of the intangible heritage.
We must mention that these establishments play a unique role, which should not be underestimated, not only in providing basic cultural and ongoing education services, but also in terms of intangible heritage. From the viewpoint of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) protection, which is one of the main goals of the establishments, and main centres/departments for the conservation and promotion of traditional culture, Law no. 26/2008 on the protection of the intangible cultural heritage and the subsequent regulating framework must be mentioned. Under the effect of this framework, a series of important measures and action directions were set, many of them in accord with the provisions of the Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, adopted in Paris on the 17th of October 2003, ratified by Romania through the Law no. 410/2005.