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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

Last update: 7 January 2021

The Ministry of Culture and Sport (Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte) (until 2018, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport) is responsible for establishing, promoting and disseminating the different cultural policies and programmes in the country. The Culture Plan 2020 (Plan Cultura 2020), developed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in March 2017, is an instrument whose main objective is to make culture a State policy in a period of three years from 2017 to 2020. This Plan aims to promote a high quality cultural offer, to update the legal framework for the protection of culture, to promote social partnership for culture, to promote Spanish culture abroad and to promote creative activity for cultural creation and innovation in a stable medium with greater visibility for its agents. It also aims at modernising the award system granted by the Ministry. It also promotes the participation of Spanish cultural professionals in the European Union's financing instruments for cultural industries and supports the international mobility of artists and cultural professionals.

One of the main aspects of the Culture Plan 2020 is to organize and promote cooperation among the General Administration of the State, the Autonomous Regions, Autonomous Cities, Ministries, institutions and other agents who play a role in creating the social, political and legal context that guarantees access to culture, artistic creation, protection of cultural heritage and the development of cultural industries with freedom.