Launching the PfC Forum
The Policies for Culture programme is glad to invite all its beneficiaries to use the new interactive tool provided by the PfC Forum. Through this online platform, Policies for Culture aims to build a space of discussion and exchange of information and experiences on current issues on the agenda of cultural policy research in the region. The forum, which is open to all interested contributors, from SEE and beyond, will facilitate contributions on the basis of a background paper provided for each topic, gathering in the end the input received into a summarising report.
The first topic proposed aims to question the relevance, utility and use of the (quasi-) arm's length financing mechanisms in SEE, on the basis of a background paper written by Delia Mucica, which is presented below.
All those with an interest and experience are invited to contribute to the proposed topic or to suggest a new topic of interest which can be of regional relevance. Your contributions are welcome at the PfC Forum webpage.
Relevance, utility and use of (quasi-)arm's length financing mechanisms for culture in SEE
Background paper for the PfC Forum.
The aim in launching this debate is two-fold: on the one hand, we expect to share information and experiences on the functioning of such arm's length financing mechanisms in our countries and, on the other hand, to find and share possible ways of improving their operations and their impact on the cultural life. In doing so, we shall find ourselves in the not very enviable position of assessing not only "their" operations and activity, but ours, as well.
Delia Mucica
Presently Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs of Romania, lecturer on copyright, cultural legislation and policy, as well as media regulation and policy, and independent expert with various programmes of the Council of Europe.
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Assessing the impact of EU enlargement on cultural policies in the countries of SEE
The research and analysis of the impact of the EU enlargement on cultural policies has so far been lagging behind other areas of public policies both in the old and new EU member states. One of the key questions for the South East European countries at this point is to see to what extent it is possible and advisable to undertake reforms in order to become compatible with other countries in the wider European cultural area, regardless of whether the political circumstances will permit each individual country to become a full member of the EU in the near future.
Nina Obuljen
Research fellow at the Institute for International Relations in Zagreb and member of the Culturelink network.
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