Cultural budget for 2017

For the Ministry of Culture, the important topics covered during the negotiations in Government cabinet were the coping of culture professionals, real estate investments, and also the long-awaited substantive reforms in the field of culture.


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Amendment of the Performing Arts Institutions Act

By now, the landscape of performing arts institutions has changed considerably – all the former state performing arts institutions have been transformed into foundations and there has been a significant increase in the number of private theatres.

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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.


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Artists' and writers' wage for a writer or artist at their creative peak

The pilot project of artists' and writers' wage enables writers and artists engaged in a liberal profession at their creative peak to dedicate themselves to creative work for a longer period of time and, thus, contribute to the development of Estonian culture.

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The Storage Copy Act improves the availability of publications

 The main purpose of the draft legislation is to update the submission, collecting and preserving of publications important for the Estonian culture. 

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Concept of the recreational activity grants

It is the duty of the Ministry of Culture to submit the concept of the relief system for youth recreational activity to the Government of the Republic by February 2016.


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Ministry of Culture

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. 

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Indrek Saar


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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