Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
The Ministry of Culture and Information regularly issues an annual call for co-financing projects related to culture and the arts that are financially supported through international funds. International funds that support projects include European Union programs: “Creative Europe—‘Culture’ subprogram,” “IPA Cross-Border Cooperation,” “Danube Transnational Cooperation Program,” “ADRION Transnational Cooperation Program”; UNESCO’s programs: “Central European Initiative (CEI),” “European Cultural Foundation”; as well as other international funds for culture and the arts. The call excludes projects supported by bilateral cooperation funds and diplomatic and consular mission funding, projects related to media, film, and other audiovisual industries, as well as projects supported as part of the “MEDIA” subprogram of Creative Europe. The call’s goal is systematic support for the development of the culture sector’s international cooperation by supporting projects that are co-financed by international funds. This allows for European and international standards to be applied and creates conditions for quality implementation of projects on the part of the applicants by strengthening the capacities of entities in the Republic of Serbia and encouraging the culture system’s development. Projects with high creative power and those that present cultural heritage and contemporary creative art in an inspiring way are prioritized, as are those with a high degree of international representability (in terms of topic, participant, partners, etc.) and/or an innovative implementation approach. Funds for co-financing projects are made possible in the amount of a) up to 30% of the value of the approved budget of applier to the Ministry, if it is a project partner, or b) up to 40% value of the approved budget of the of the applicant to the Ministry, if it is a project implementer. Funds for co-financing projects are available in the following amounts: a) up to 30% of the value of the applicant’s approved budget if the applicant is a project partner; b) up to 40% of the value of the applicant’s approved budget if the applicant is a project implementer. The selection of projects is conducted following criteria defined by the Regulation on the Criteria, Standards, and Selection of Projects in Culture Financed and Co-Financed from the Budget of the Republic of Serbia, or the Autonomous Province and Local Self-Government Units (Official Gazette of the RS, issues 105/16 and 112/17). Eligible to apply to the call are institutions, art, and other associations registered as engaging in cultural activities, as well as other cultural entities based in the Republic of Serbia, save for cultural institutions founded by the Republic of Serbia, which are financed according to Article 74 of the Law on Culture (Official Gazette of the RS, issues 72/2009, 13/2016, 30/2016 – corr., 6/2020, 47/2021, and 78/2021).
Website of the policy/measure, if available:
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
During the period 2017-2020, there was a lot of interest in this call, as well as a high percentage of projects that were approved each year. There was a total of 211 applications submitted during that period, 181 of which were approved for co-financing, resulting in an 85.7% pass rate. A great number of the approved projects allow for a high-quality implementation on part of the applicant, through strengthening the capacities of entities in the Republic of Serbia and encouraging the cultural system’s development.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
During the period 2017-2020, through the call for co-financing projects related to culture and the arts that achieved support through international funds, a total of 677,241 USD (70,263,780 RSD) was allocated: in 2017, around 199,250 USD (21,319,780 RSD); in 2018, around 150,050 USD (15,005,000 RSD); in 2019, around 206,476 USD (21,680,000 RSD); and in 2020, around 119,019 USD (12,259,000 RSD).
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?:
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?:
Considering projects’ high pass rate, as well as the continual issuing of the call, including the pandemic 2020, the call managed to achieve to the main goal and ensure continuous systematic support to the development of the cultural sector’s international cooperation through support to projects co-financed by international funds, while applying European and international standards for a high-quality project implementation on the part of the applicants. Despite the new circumstances, the total pass rate for the period 2017-2020 was more than 80%, which significantly contributed to the outcome of the measure related to strengthening the capacities of cultural entities in the Republic of Serbia for developing and improving international cooperation in the cultural and creative sector. The majority of the projects that received funds for implementation as part of this Call are related to theater, music, and performance arts, but there are also projects related to music festivals and children’s cultural programs.