The Ministry of Culture is responsible for coordinating international cooperation within cultural policy. It is also responsible for the cultural attachés at Swedish embassies. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the Swedish cooperation within the UNESCO and for the Swedish UNESCO Council. Much of the work with international cooperation also takes place within government agencies reporting to the Ministry of Culture. Regarding such work see chapter 1.4.1.
Much cooperation in the cultural sphere takes place within Nordic cooperation (more information can be found at the website of the Nordic Council http://www.norden.org/en).
EU membership has brought new perspectives and possibilities for international cultural co-operation through the Culture Programme, as well as helping to realise cultural projects on a regional level through EU-Structural Funds or on a transnational level through European Territorial Co-operation. Much of the work of the Swedish Cultural Contact Point currently focuses on increasing the number of Swedish applications for various grants made available by the EU for cultural endeavours.
The Swedish Arts Council represents Sweden in two of the OMC groups (Open Method of Coordination groups) on the European Union’s Agenda for Culture. The objective of these groups is to produce recommendations on cultural areas, as well as identify good examples. OMC is a method of EU institutions to communicate with their member states. It is also a forum for cooperation on issues with no legislation on the European level. Sweden is also represented in two other such other groups: “Skills and Mobility” and “Cultural heritage”, where Sweden is represented by the Arts Grants Committee and the National Museum of Arts, respectively.