The financing system of cultural organizations must be reformed

Chisinau, August 14 / MOLDPRES /. The financing system of cultural organizations needs to be reformed, as it does not meet the requirements of the market economy and does not face the internal and external challenges. The proposal was made on Wednesday, August 14, during the first round of public discussions with the topic “Wednesday of cultural policies for Moldova”, organized by the Center for Cultural Policies with the support of Visegrad Fund, informs MOLDPRES.

The first discussion was about reforming the financing system of cultural organizations. Within it, the director of the Center for Cultural Policies, Veaceslav Reabcinschi, mentioned that the institution headed by it implements the project “Cultural Policies for Moldova”, which aims to develop a set of proposals for the efficiency of cultural policies in our country in the context of association with the EU. and adopting the development strategy “Moldova 2030”.

According to Reabcinschi, in March 2019, in Chisinau, the International Conference “Results of the implementation of the” Culture 2020 “Strategy, attended by over fifty people, cultural experts from Moldova, as well as from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. At the conference, a number of priority issues were identified that need to be solved in Moldova to streamline strategic activities. One of these problems is the reform of the financing system of cultural organizations, inherited from the past, which does not face the contemporary challenges.

The current situation, stressed Veaceslav Reabcinschi, is reflected in the researches conducted in 2018 by the Institute of Legal, Political and Sociological Research among experts in the field of culture. Thus, it was found that 86.7% of the respondents consider that the financing system is not adjusted to the requirements of the market economy and needs reform. The financing of the domain during the years 2011-2019 increased from 568.9 million lei to 922.9 million lei (estimated). However, the share of culture in GDP has decreased from 0.9% in 2011 to 0.5% in 2019 ”.

”A negative trend, according to the statistical data (until 2017), registered the infrastructure index (5.2%), the cultural consumption index (6.04%) and the cultural production index (23.8%). All this caused the reduction of the index of cultural life in the respective period by 11.68%. Taking into account the above, we have proposed the development of a new financing system, which would include the exclusion of the political influence on the financing of the culture, the creation of a public-private partnership in this field, as well as the modification of the Fiscal Code regarding the facilities for investments in culture. . Also, we consider that the field of culture must benefit from a financing of 1% of the Gross Domestic Product, as it is in the European countries, and in the Republic of Belarus this index is 2% ”, specified Veaceslav Reabcinschi.

Present at the event, the Secretary of State for Culture, Andrei Chistol, thanked the organizers for the information presented. “It is an analysis that reflects certain trends and problems. I hope that we will delve deeper into certain sectors regarding financing in the field of culture and to see to what extent it corresponds to the interests of the community. At the same time, we will analyze the management practiced by cultural organizations in the context of the development strategy. We discuss these issues on certain platforms. We have already initiated the platform with the civil society in the field of financing cultural organizations. We have an open platform in the field of cinema. We intend to launch another platform soon for theater organizations. I hope that these analyzes will generate some debates at the level of ministries, because we also need a synergy between different programs of some ministries and how we could improve statistics in the field of culture, training in the field of culture and funding in this field ”, emphasized Andrei Chistol.

The following public discussions will take place on August 21, in the conference room of AIS “MOLDPRES” and will refer to the possibilities of increasing the share of culture in the country’s GDP and the development of businesses in the field of culture.

The project “Cultural Policies for Moldova” is implemented by the Center for Cultural Policies and the Institute of Legal, Political and Sociological Research with the support of Visegrad Fund, in partnership with Budapest Observatory (Hungary), Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), Creative Industry Forum (Slovakia ) and the Institute umění – Divadelní ústav (Czech Republic).

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