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.:
The period covered by this report (2012-2015) exactly coincides with the whole legislative period in Spain. Two documents have guided the cultural Policy at the national and international level: the General Strategic Plan 2012-2015 of the Secretary of State for Culture and the IV Master Plan of the Spanish Cooperation. The latter’s scope is broader but culture is part of it in different fields. It considers culture as a key factor in development and has a sensitive approach towards cultural diversity regarding the development tools for evaluation.There has been no break in the policy of supporting arts in all different scopes and stages required to create, disseminate, and offer to the public the product of these creations. The particular nature of the activities and cultural goods and services allows to set up mechanisms to keep them far from being subject to market economy laws, which is deemed essential for the development of a free, plural, aware and fair society.Moreover, the reality of immigration in Spain, which only in recent years has been reversed due to a deep economic crisis, has made necessary to recognize a multicultural reality, so cultural diversity is no longer a concept restricted to experts. In all areas, plans have been designed to allow this profusion of languages and cultures to give way to mutual enrichment. Just to mention a couple of examples, the new Organic Law for the Improvement of Educational Quality, in 2013, makes express reference to “interculturalism”; there is also a Guide for Diversity Management in Professional Environments prepared by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.In this period of time, particular attention has been paid to all matters related to new technologies. In the Secretary of State for Culture different measures have been set up to take advantage of these tools, and make available to citizens, information regarding heritage, books, internal processes in order to improve transparency and so on, and likewise, new lines of support have been created to aid to modernizing professional sectors. At the multilateral international level, Spain participates in the working group to set up an Ibero-American Digital Cultural Agenda, which is one of the priorities of the Ibero-American Cultural Space. The challenge in this area, for Spain, is to safeguard intellectual property rights: contents piracy is a highly serious problem that has been tackled with legal measures which unfortunately have proved to be insufficient to stop this practice.In conclusion, work must go on to gain a better knowledge of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDC); however, the task is being fulfilled: there are university courses and programs, seminars, action guides, etc., and the policies are largely adapted to the Convention provisions.