Please summarize in max 3500 characters the main achievements and challenges in implementing the Convention and the outlook for the future. Please note this is not an introduction to the report or an annotated table of contents.:
Latvia has integrated aspects of cultural and creative industries (CCI) policy development in State long-term and medium term sustainable development policies, as well as in other sectoral policies such as industrial and regional policy. Based on the intrinsic principles of the Convention, the national CCI policy and decision making processes are carried out. It also serves as a reference and content planning tool for media and social integration policies. It has helped to shape the national position for recognition and acquisition of legal status and social protection for creative professionals in the way to introduce a new legal, regulatory and financial framework. Regarding the international cooperation in carrying out joint projects with other countries, the Convention is a tool that helps fostering cultural diplomacy and building awareness, dialogue and relations across nations, traditions, borders, cultures and people. MoC has been successfully running social dialogue with NGO sector involving it in the decision-making process and negotiations regarding policy development and implementation, it has established a strong dialogue platform with civil society via advisory councils, committees and working groups which meet regularly under the auspices of the MoC. It is crucial for the success of the 2005 Convention to strengthen its role within the civil society. There should be ways to promote the Convention amongst NGOs both for having better understanding of the principles embedded in the Convention and their direct linkages to the growth of a healthy cultural sector and protective tools that it implies. At the same time, it is essential to obtain fruitful critical views on the Convention and the ways of its implementation. It is also important to raise a more in-depth discussion on the qualitative indicators in the field of culture under the legal framework of the Convention, since it is vital to be able to showcase the value and contribution of culture in other sectors, e.g. social and regional development, facing current global and national challenges. An international voice and mobilization is very much needed in this domain. Latvia’s outlook for the future is included in the work plan of the Latvian government for the years 2016-2018: -to facilitate the transfer of culture capital to other areas to create new businesses and products and to encourage innovation and promote the export capacity of CCI; -to improve the infrastructure for national culture ensuring platforms for various cultural expressions, such as Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, New Riga Theatre, Modern Acoustic concert hall; -to deepen Latvian society’s appreciation of culture and cultural heritage and to ensure excellent and diversified cultural services and accessibility for the widest possible public, including by improving the funding model of the State Cultural Capital Foundation; -to complete the drafting of the legal framework to define the status and support for creative occupations and their organizations; -to define national procurement of culture education for all educational levels, taking into account Latvian cultural developments and the needs of the labour market; -to implement a support programme for NGOs by supporting civil society in addressing current challenges. To support NGOs of national minorities by expanding their opportunities to actively participate in the cultural processes and social life of Latvia.