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A Strategy for Culture and National Heritage have been drafted for the period 2014-2020 and reviewed in 2016 for the period 2016-2020, including objectives to raise youth participation to culture, to support young creators and cultural entrepreneurs. However, until December 2018, the Government has not adopted the strategy.
The Youth Strategy has a dedicated pillar to youth education and culture, including specific objectives to facilitate youth access to quality culture and cultural creation. A separate strategy on creativity and culture for young people as such does not exist in Romania.
The specific objectives of the Youth Strategy in the area of culture are:
- to facilitate youth access to quality culture and cultural creation
- to improve funding of cultural activities
Planned actions include:
- Boost youth interest in exploiting local cultural traditions, including through training in traditional trades (arts, crafts);
- Stimulate youth interest in reading and literary creation;
- Support and stimulate youth creativity and performance in various creative industries (advertising, visual arts, performing arts, research and development, software, etc.);
- Promote, support and reward the work of young talented artists and technical-scientific innovators; encourage intercultural education both through traineeships and learning experiences in other countries (youth exchange programmes) and by providing opportunities for getting to know the culture of national ethnic minorities;
- Protect children and youngsters from the risks posed by new media usage, particularly through relevant skills development, while recognising the benefits and opportunities that such media can offer to young people;
- Facilitate access to quality culture for rural youth through special measures aimed at local cultural participation;
- Offer support to youth-oriented forms of cultural expression, reflecting young people’s concerns and interests;
- Grant youth NGOS projects that tap into the tourist and cultural potential of the country;
- Enhance media and online (social media) promotion of non-formal training and education opportunities;
- Encourage the private sector to contribute to the financing of cultural events;
- Launch national programmes aimed at discovering and promoting highly creative young people in cultural-artistic areas and at granting scholarships to valuable young artists;
- Ensure profitable financial arrangements for the participation of talented young people from disadvantaged background in the activities carried out by professional arts training institutions;
- Provide financial support to the establishments which promote cultural and artistic activities for youth (youth centres, student cultural centres, YNGO) in order to ensure better and more attractive conditions for youth participation in such activities.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports is the main government authority responsible for the implementation of the Youth Strategy, including the specific objectives on culture.
An action plan allowing systematic implementation of the strategy, monitoring and evaluation the strategy, was not adopted. For the development and adopting of the action plan and for monitoring the Youth Strategy implementation the Ministry of Youth and Sport needs cooperation and support from other sectorial ministries (Culture, Education, Employment, Health, Economy etc.).
No updates have been made to the present Youth Strategy.