Today, on February 14th, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar recognised 27 companies and individuals, who have made the greatest contribution to culture, as the Culture Friends for 2016. The Culture Friend of the Year awards were presented to the Postimees Grupp AS, AS DNB and Nordea Bank AB, which are in process of merging, and to Aare Kaarma.09.02.2017 - 12:37
Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU and Ministry of Culture
During the second half of 2017, Estonia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time.
The Year of Children’s and Youth Culture 2017
The year 2017 will be celebrated as the Year of Children’s and Youth Culture, giving us an opportunity to value our offspring both as creators and an audience, link various fields of culture and compile a myriad of events for both the young ones and adults.
The Faro Convention
Estonia is currently making preparations to join the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. Approval is likely to take place in 2018.
Heritage Conservation Reform
Heritage Conservation Reform is a priority for the Ministry of Culture.
Cultural budget for 2017
On 23 December 2016, President Kersti Kaljulaid proclaimed the law on State Budget for 2017. For the Ministry of Culture, the priorities within the budget are the wage increase for culture professionals, investments as well as the long-awaited substantive policy reforms in the field of culture.
Changes in principles of financing sports
During the State Budget negotiations of 2015, the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Finance agreed that the principles of financing sports would be reviewed with representatives of the sports sector.
Area of Government
The area of government for the Ministry of Culture is organising the state’s culture, sports, and heritage conservation activities and promoting the state’s fine arts, coordinating the state’s implementation of media and audio visual policy and integration strategy.
Minister of Culture Indrek Saar
Indrek Saar has been the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Estonia since 9 April 2015. He belongs to the Estonian Social Democratic Party.
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