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Cultural Policies in Europe A Compendium of Basic Facts and Trends

Council of Europe / ERICarts, Bonn, 2000

As announced in Culturelink no. 30/April 2000, the Cultural Policies Research and Development Unit of the Council of Europe and the European Research Institute for Comparative Cultural Policy and the Arts (ERICarts) have published Cultural Policies in Europe: A Compendium of Basic Facts and Trends, currently featuring cultural policy profiles of 14 European countries in a loose-leaf binder and a corresponding web edition (available at http://www.culturalpolicies.net)

A descendent of the Council of Europe's Programme of National Cultural Policy Reviews, this work in progress is to include eight new country profiles per year, eventually covering all 47 States collaborating within the framework of the European Cultural Convention. Latest updates will be made available regularly via the electronic version. So far, the profiles cover Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

Being intended as a reference work for cultural researchers, policy makers, administrators, cultural workers at international organisations, associations or networks, students, artists and journalists, all cultural policy profiles offer a systematic approach to the following eight main thematic chapters:

  • Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments
  • Competence, decision-making and administration
  • Cultural policy, general objectives and priorities
  • Current issues in cultural policy development and debate
  • Main legal provisions in the cultural field
  • Financing of culture
  • Cultural institutions and new partnerships
  • Support to creativity

Not wishing to go into detail, the Compendium offers concise insights into the historical or administrative context, the legal framework or current trends, facts, figures, strategies and meaningful examples on specific cultural policy matters in different European countries. Most of the profiles published so far are in English, while two of them appear in French.

The electronic version of the Compendium is to follow the pace of developments and changes taking place in the field today, representing a first comprehensive attempt to create a searchable European cultural policy information system. Corresponding in its functionality with the Comparative Study Menu of Culturelink's Cultural Policy Database, the technically advanced user interface of the Compendium offers access through a complex menu system to the individual profiles by country and specific section or subsection, allowing the comparison of policies via a cross-over navigation bar. All profiles may be downloaded in the PDF format.

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Managing an Open and Strategic Approach in Culture

Launched by the Cultural Policy and Action Department of the Council of Europe in 1998, MOSAIC aims to create a framework for exchanges and cooperation amongst countries in South-East Europe and to assist them in the transition of their cultural policies.

MOSAIC targets cultural policy makers and administrators at national, regional and local levels, representatives of the cultural sector and civil society.

The main objectives of this worthy Project are:

  • to encourage a democratic and open approach to cultural policy and decision-making processes;
  • to advise decision makers in developing policies to cope with the challenges of democratic transition, and in maintaining cultural diversity;
  • to assist in reforming and implementing necessary legislation;
  • to encourage a multilateral approach in the coordination of policies, partnerships and networks;
  • to move towards a 'regional' multicultural policy and the development of intercultural skills.

Countries taking part in the Project are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Kosovo has recently been included in the Project.

Activities for 2000 include cultural policy reviews, sectorial policy reviews, national debates, multilateral debates, seminars and workshops, and training.

Two series of publications are currently being produced:

  • Policy notes;
  • Monographs on policy issues.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Laura Mäkelä, MOSAIC Project Manager, Directorate of Culture and Cultural Heritage, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France, tel.: +33 (0)3 88 41 28 31; fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 37 82; e-mail: laura.makela@coe.int; http://culture.coe.fr/mosaic/