The Ministry of Culture is the governmental body of the Republic of Lithuania in charge of formulating and implementing the state culture policies in the fields of professional and amateur art, theatre, music, fine arts, cinema, museums, libraries, publication as well as in the area targeted at the safeguard of copyright and neighbouring rights and the protection of cultural values.
Establish conditions ensuring the continuity, development and promotion of national culture, society’s freedom of cultural expression and involvement in the cultural activities, protection of cultural values; develop and facilitate unfolding of spiritual and tangible values of different social groups and national communities and contribute to the development and education of a democratic, free and open society.
The Ministry of Culture performs the following basic state governance functions in the area of culture delegated to it within the framework of laws and other legislation:
- drafting of laws and other legislation regulating the area of culture;
- drafting of conceptions and programmes on the development of different areas of art and coordination of their implementation;
- allocation of funds to museums, libraries and fine art, cinema , concert and other organizations as well as major art and culture projects
- coordination of activities performed within the framework of implementing the system on the protection and safeguard of copyright and neighbouring rights;
- coordination of state policy implementation in the area of public information;
- ensuring of cultural values accounting and protection;
- development and implementation of interstate cultural programmes; drafting of international agreements;
- initiation of regional cultural development strategies.
Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in the 2nd half of 2013
The Cultural Affairs Committee will be chaired by Ms. Vida Gražienė, Attaché for Culture at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU.
The Audiovisual Working Party will be chaired by Mr. Laimonas Ubavičius, Attaché for Media, Audiovisual policy and Copyright at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU.
The Intellectual Property (Copyright) Working Party will be chaired by Ms. Nijolė Matulevičienė, Head of the Copyright Division at the Ministry of Culture.
In the period July-December, 2013, each working group will organise 5-6 meetings.
During the Presidency of the Council of the European Union Lithuania will work on the following issues in the field of culture and audiovisual policy:
Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU, which aims to establish the new framework programme “Creative Europe” for 2014-2020;
Regulation of the Council of the EU, which aims to establish the new programme “Europe for Citizens” for 2014-2020;
Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU on establishing the new Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for 2020-2033;
Council Directive 93/7/EEC on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State (general approach);
Council recommendation on European film heritage, cinema digitisation and content on line (non-legislative)
Green Paper: Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values (policy debate)
Lithuania will focus on the following issues regarding intellectual property (Copyright):
Directive of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the administration of collective intellectual property rights and multi-territory music licensing;
Coordination of intellectual property rights issues at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Informal meetings and expert conferences in Vilnius
Informal Meeting of the Ministers of Culture and Audiovisual, 1-2 October, 2013.
Expert level conference on cultural policy – Ready for Tomorrow? Culture as an Agent for Social and Economic Transformation, 1-2 October, 2013 (organized by the Ministry of Culture). The conference aims to discuss the role of culture in meeting current social and economic challenges, the need for policy change, the corresponding public investment and evidence both to support the case for culture and measure the effectiveness of policy in the European Union.
Expert level conference on cultural heritage policy – Cultural Heritage and the EU-2020 strategy – towards an EU-integrated approach, 13-14 November, 2013 (organised by the Department of Cultural Heritage). The aim of the Conference is to underline the transversal dimension of cultural heritage and to take into account cultural heritage in the decision making process of other sectors (such as environment, agriculture, and regional development) by answering the question how the specific objectives of cultural heritage policy can be achieved by using cultural heritage as a resource for promoting other EU-policy objectives.
Meeting of Senior Officials of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, 16-17 October, 2013 (organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture). The meeting will focus on developing a strategic approach to culture in external relations and enhancing cooperation among the EU members in this field. It will be followed by the Eastern Partnership cultural forum Crossroads & borders: the idea of neighbourhood policy and forms of engaging.
Informal Meeting of Cultural Contact Point Offices, 30 September-2 October, 2013 (organised by the International Cultural Programme Centre). The meeting aims to evaluate current practices of coordination of the EU programme “Culture 2007-2013” and should provide an opportunity to start a discussion on the new upcoming “Creative Europe” programme.
Informal Meeting of “Europe for Citizens” Contact Points, 10-11 December, 2013 (organised by the International Cultural Programme Centre). This meeting aims to serve as a constructive contribution towards improving the “Europe for Citizens 2007 - 2013” programme, its implementation, as well as to provide an opportunity to share practical information and disseminate information about the programme at national and international level.
CuLTure Programme 2013. Brussels / Ghent / Strasbourg. Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union
CuLTure Programme 2013. Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union
European Gardens: Presentation of the Lithuanian decoration of the Justus Lipsius building during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.