The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia has overall responsibility for culture, which it partly shares with the Secretariat for Culture in the autonomous province of Vojvodina. This sharing of responsibility was carried out on the basis of the “Omnibus Law” passed in February 2002 and in line with the general policy of decentralisation.
The Ministry of Education and Science is responsible for arts education, arts management training, youth and student cultural activities and institutions, while the Science department is financing research in the field of humanities and social sciences.
Ministry of Culture and Information (later in the text Ministry of Culture) is the main body responsible for: policies and strategies for cultural development, support for 40 cultural institutions of national importance, legal issues in the field of culture, protection of the cultural heritage, and regulating and preparation of the laws relevant to the media space.
National Council for Culture members are selected from respected artists and cultural managers for a five-year period. The Council has 19 members, confirmed by the National Assembly: 4 are suggested by government, 4 from public cultural institutions covering dominant areas: heritage, performing arts, librarianship and cultural development; 4 members representing art associations (literature and translation; visual arts; music; drama); 1 member representing other cultural associations; 2 members from the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2 members from the University of Arts and 2 members suggested by councils of national minorities.