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National programme for culture 2014 – 2017

The National Programme for Culture 2014 – 2017 is the strategic instrument of cultural policy development planning. Although the draft new model of cultural policy as proposed by the National Programme for Culture 2014 – 2017 focuses primarily on ensuring the formal conditions for its implementation, it also includes the commitment that culture should articulate its meaning, purpose and position by itself. The optimal development and diversity of culture is, indeed, enabled by a solid regulatory basis with the simultaneous distancing of the state from decisions on cultural contents.


Cultural Policy Making as Perceived by Users

The objectives defined by the document may be indicatively divided into three levels. The objectives on the first level are focused on individual fields of culture and the determination of measures that can efficiently respond to their key challenges. The second level is a horizontal cross-section of all fields that brings significant value added to each of them. The third level is objectives that are markedly structural and refer particularly to reform of the labour market in culture.


An important change effected by the NPC in cultural policy planning is the forming of cultural policy objectives not only from the viewpoint of cultural producers, but simultaneously from the viewpoint of users of culture, since almost all fields stress the enhanced accessibility of quality cultural production as their principal objective. 


There are at least two reasons for such an orientation: in this area, Slovenian culture has ample scope for improvement of the situation and further development of markets; moreover, enhancing the accessibility of quality cultural production is always highly demanding, as it assumes the optimal functioning of the entire system of the arts (from quality production to well-functioning cultural infrastructure, successful addressing of target audiences, evolved projects of cultural and artistic education, successful programme promotion and so forth.) 


Culture as a Branch of Economy


It is no coincidence that the period covered by the NPC largely overlaps with the new financial perspective, as EU funds have gained key importance for the culture department, and the players in this field can become serious partners in planning development projects only after the adoption of the strategic document. 


Since culture can play a key role in the launch of individual branches of the economy, particular attention has been devoted to those cultural and creative industries with outstanding potential for linking cultural creativity and the economy, as well as to an orientation towards the European Financial Perspective 2014 – 2020, since culture as a branch of economy does not only strive to acquire new sources of funding but also offers models of a new economy.


Increasing the Number of Jobs in Culture by 2017

The National Programme for Culture 2014 – 2017 is the first such instrument that brings a comprehensive approach to the issue of the culture labour market. To avoid any misunderstanding of this, it should be stressed that Slovenia's cultural model will continue to be funded mostly from the national budget. 


It is nevertheless important – especially in this period of economic crisis – to find a way of making this labour market segment attractive for employment, especially for the coming generations of creative people who now find it difficult to enter it. The set objective of increasing the number of employees in cultural professions by 2017 is viable, although we know that employment in the public sector will continue to be limited. 


The measures promote in particular employment in non-governmental organisations, among the self-employed and in the private sector, the key step being the establishment of an agency or similar institution that will provide systematic and planned support for the status of persons employed in culture by offering legal and information support, placement and transfer of employees from the public to the private sector and vice versa, engagement of the self-employed and linking of the non-governmental and governmental sectors.