Since implementation of policies is typically a matter for government agencies rather than for the ministries themselves, inter-agency cooperation is much more common than direct inter-ministerial cooperation.
Cooperation between the national and regional levels in cultural policy is organised according to the Culture Cooperation Model (see also chapter 1.2.3). Under this model, nationally supported regional cultural policies are guided by regional Culture Plans prepared by the Regions, and approved by the Swedish Arts Council. While preparing the Culture Plan, the Region should be in dialogue with civil society, professionals in arts and culture, and the municipalities of the region. In its work with Culture Plans and the Culture Cooperation Model, The Swedish Arts Council is supported by a cooperation council (samverkansråd) consisting of representatives of The Swedish Arts Council (chairing the council), The Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden), The National Public Arts Council (Statens konstråd), The Royal Library (Kungliga biblioteket), the County Administrative Boards (länstyrelser), The National Swedish Handicraft Council (Hemslöjdsnämnden), The National Touring Theatre (Riksteatern), The National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet), The National Archives (Arkivverket), and the Swedish Film Institute (Filminstitutet).
Cultural aspects of foreign policy are another area for inter-ministerial cooperation, mainly between the Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Cultural attachés are currently placed at the Swedish embassies in Beijing, Berlin, London, Moscow, Paris and Washington, at the consulate-general in Istanbul, and at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. These representatives of Swedish culture are appointed by the Ministry of Culture but integrated in each embassy, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see 1.4.1).Together with the National Heritage Board, the Swedish Arts Council runs the EU contact office for culture in Sweden, Cultural Contact Point Sweden (see chapter 1.4.2).