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8. Creativity and Culture

8.8 Synergies and partnerships

Last update: 11 March 2024
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  1. Synergies between public policies and programmes
  2. Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

Synergies between public policies and programmes

The Youth Council of the Republic of Croatia is an inter-sectoral body comprising representatives from local, regional, and national (ministerial) levels of government, along with representatives from the academic community, educational institutions, and youth organisations. The National Youth Programme is also a result of an inter-sectoral approach, and in implementing measures, it involves cooperation among various ministries, state and governmental bodies, and civil society organisations. One of the good examples is the Service-learning programme implemented through the European Social Fund. The objectives of this programme are:

  • strengthen the professional, analytical, and advocacy capacities of civil society organisations through cooperation with higher education institutions 
  • establish viable programmes of service-learning at higher education institutions as part of a systematic approach to strengthening the social responsibility of professors and students 

 While the programme framework is commendable, variations in the operational methods across these systems, such as differences in formal procedures within these areas of action, have resulted in achieving set goals and desired outcomes relying on the goodwill and personal interest of individuals. Specifically, the process of implementing changes in the official education curriculum at faculties and academies significantly differs from the dynamics and functioning of non-formal education programmes, including the bidding cycles involved. Therefore, the successful implementation of these inherently structured project programmes relies on individuals and their willingness to introduce innovations into the academic framework, fostering collaboration with non-formal education programmes of civil society organisations, and engaging with other stakeholders from the non-academic field.


Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

The city of Rijeka was the European Capital of Culture in 2020 as part of the European Capital of Culture project. As part of the project, Rijeka built and opened new buildings and cultural facilities, co-financed by European Union funds. In 2020, more than 600 cultural, artistic, and other events were held, involving the participation of more than 250 cultural institutions and organisations from Croatia and 40 other countries from Europe and around the world.

 Many cultural associations and organisations participated in the project by submitting proposals for additional cultural programmes for 2020 through the competition, resulting in a total of 380 cultural offerings for the year. Out of these, a total of 55 programmes from various cultural associations were selected for financing. This marked the inclusion of artistic organisations, companies, and individuals in the European Capital of Culture programme, making them integral parts of the project.