Quadrennial Periodic Report
Bulgaria 2020

Quadrennial Periodic Report - - 03/12/2020 - 13:13

General Information

Technical Information

Name of Party: 
Bulgaria
Date of Ratification: 
2006
Officially Designated Point of Contact of the Convention: 

QPR Stakeholder

Title: 
Mr.
Address: 
Petar Miladinov
Ministry of Culture
17, blvd. Alexander Stamboliiski
1040 Sofia
Bulgaria
Phone Number: 
+359 2 94 00 910
Email: 
p.miladinov@mc.government.bg
Describe the multi-stakeholder consultation process established for the preparation of this report, including consultations with relevant ministries, public institutions, local governments and civil society organizations.: 

The Ministry of Culture conducted consultations at three levels via written correspondence – with specialised directorates within the Ministry of Culture (1), ministries and agencies (2), civil society organisations (CSOs) (3). Information update on the sectoral measures to promote diverse forms of cultural expressions was obtained via designated directorates with the Ministry and the National Film Centre Executive Agency. There were consultations with all administrations involved in Convention-related activities and in creating conditions for implementing the principles of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Responses were received from the National Statistical Institute, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commission for Protection against Discrimination, State Institute for Culture within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Information was also obtained from certain civil society organisations (CSOs) in the field of culture.

The consultation process resulted in the conclusion that a large part of the cultural organisations and professional associations in the culture sector recognise the principles of the 2005 Convention as the guiding principles in their activities.

The outline of the measures presented probably does not fully reflect the information related to policy implementation in the field of promoting diversity of cultural expression forms, due to the conditions in which the analysis was eleborated – the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive summary: 

A guiding principle in the state cultural policy of the Republic of Bulgaria is to guarantee human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are expressed by information awareness, communication, and free choice of cultural expression forms.

The citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms are ensured in the country's Constitution and cultural legislation. In this sense, the Ministry of Culture’s policies abide by the principles of equality and respect for all cultures; equal access to cultural heritage and to the diversity of cultural expression forms; protection of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

The Republic of Bulgaria guarantees the right of persons from ethnic communities to disseminate and transmit their traditional cultural expression forms, as well as their right to have free access to those forms (Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Culture Protection and Development Act). In this respect, linguistic diversity is especially protected as an important exchange factor (the Bulgarian Culture Protection and Development Act).

The Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Act contains provisions on the role of the state, municipalities and individuals in ensuring equal access to cultural assets, which are also a form of cultural expression. This Act stipulates the right of access to cultural assets as providing physical or intellectual access to those assets without them being damaged or compromised.

In implementing the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Ministry of Culture builds its policies based on the assumption that cultural diversity is stimulated by the free exchange of ideas and interaction between cultures. In addition to this, we need to state the belief that preserving, promoting and maintaining cultural diversity is an essential condition prerequisite for sustainable development benefiting both current and future generations. Therefore, in all its actions, the Ministry seeks to enable the promotion of creativity, to support artists and professionals in the cultural sector; to assist various social groups in their strife to preserve their culture; to raise citizens' awareness of the diverse cultural expression forms, their promotion and the need to preserve them. In order to meet the needs of all these groups properly, the Ministry of Culture has established cooperation with non-governmental organisations, public and private institutions, artists and other professionals in the field of art and culture.

The Ministry's programmes are aimed at expanding the opportunities for developing cultural activities at all levels, ensuring equal access to funds for producing, distributing and exchanging cultural products and services. At the same time, financial support is provided to cultural and artistic institutions to encourage cultural diversity.

The implementation of an integrated approach to preserving and promoting cultural diversity is reflected in strategic planning of measures for sustainable social development. As a result, culture has become an essential and integral part of national plans for tackling demographic problems, for reducing poverty, for social inclusion, for regional development, for youth policy development, and the National concept of active ageing. All these measures contribute to achieving the general objectives of the 2020 National Development Programme of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as those for sustainable development by 2030.

The Convention principles also lead the way in setting Bulgaria's Cooperation on Development policy. Cultural diversity protection is included as a priority in the Medium-Term Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid Programme of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2016-2019 period.

The National Strategy for the Promotion of Equality between Women and Men 2016-2020, drafted with the active participation of the Ministry of Culture, additionally contributes to eliminating stereotypes still existing in society regarding access to culture and support for creative works.

Bulgarian legislation outlines measures in line with the Convention:
- The Culture Protection and Development Act (CPDA, 1999), Article 2 outlines the basic principles of the national cultural policy, including: “promoting cultural diversity while preserving national culture cohesion” and “enabling the cultural industry and the arts market”. Further in Article 20, in order to protect national identity, there are measures to ensure that programmes, films, etc. with cultural content and priority treatment of culture appear on national media (subsidised).
- The Film Industry Act (FIA, 2003) - enables the development of national film industry by providing direct and indirect measures to support film production, distribution and projection.
- The Radio and Television Act (RTA) - stipulates that a minimum of 50% of total screen time shall be dedicated to European and Bulgarian productions. The law also regulates the option of broadcasting programmes in another language, including also for Bulgarian citizens whose native tongue is not Bulgarian.
- The Copyright and Related Rights Act (CRRA, 1993) - Without being explicitly mentioned in the Convention’s key texts (except in the Preamble), intellectual property is the basis of most cultural goods and services, as well as all kinds of cultural industries. Copyright protection helps maintain and develop the creative process in the interest of authors, artists, performers, producers, consumers, culture, industry and the general audience.
- Cultural Heritage Act - the objectives of this Act are to enable the preservation and protection of cultural heritage, sustainable development for its preservation policy and to ensure equal access to cultural assets for all citizens in compliance with the following principles: 1. equal treatment of different cultural heritage types; 2. decentralisation of management and funding for cultural heritage preservation activities; 3. publicity and transparency in managing cultural heritage preservation activities.
- Spatial Planning Act - regulates cultural heritage protection by governing the creation of “protected areas” and areas under special territorial development protection.

Contact details of the stakeholders involved in the preparation of the quadrennial periodic report (QPR). Please also include the contact details of the civil society organizations (CSOs) if they have contributed to the QPR drafting, including through the CSO form.: 
Organization typeOrganizationEmailWebsite
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
I.Bojidarova@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
RBazaytova@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
G.Vladimirov@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
axenia.boneva@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
d.dikova@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Execitive Agency National Film Center
irina@nfc.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Youth and Sport
Denitsa.Pancheva@mpes.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Education and Sciences
k.todorova@mon.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
dobrinka.boneva@mlsp.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Envioronnment and Whater
liliya.markova@moew.government.bg
Public Sector
National Statistical Institute
SKateliev@nsi.bg
Public Sector
National Culture Fund
dtzankova@abv.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Yavor.KOINAKOV@mfa.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Hristo.GEORGIEV@mfa.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture
a.dimitrova@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture
m.kacarova@mc.government.bg
Public Sector
Commision for Protection against Discrimination
t.kanchevski@kzd.bg
Private Sector
Blok Kino
irina@nfc.bg
Public Sector
St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Public Community Centres Union
Union.chit@abv.bg
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Bulgarian Writers Union
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Union of Bulgarian Artists

Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture

Cultural and Creative Sectors

A Ministry (or agency with ministerial status) is responsible for cultural and creative sectors: 
YES
Regional, provincial or local governments or administrations have decentralised responsibilities for policies and measures promoting the cultural and creative sectors:: 
YES
Regulatory frameworks and sector specific laws, policies and/or strategies supporting the cultural and creative industries have been revised or adopted during the last 4 years: 
YES
If YES, has at least one of them been designed through interministerial cooperation (involving different government departments responsible for policy areas, such as communication, education, ICT, trade, foreign affairs, labor, finance): 
YES
Specific education and training programmes in the arts and the cultural and creative sectors are established, including: 
Digital literacy programmes for creation and experimentation
Technical and vocational education and training programmes in
Cultural management
Digital cultural and creative sectors
Media arts
Music
Performing arts
Visual arts
Cinema/audiovisual arts
Cultural management
Design
Digital cultural and creative sectors
Media arts
Music
Performing arts
Publishing
Visual arts
Specific measures and programmes have been implemented over the last 4 years to: 
Support job creation in the cultural and creative sectors
Statistical offices or research bodies have produced data during the last 4 years: 
related to cultural and creative sectors
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Policies and Programmes for promoting cultural diversity

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Tender-based project funding of cultural institutes at national and municipal level. Expanding the financial resource range to support performing arts, including private stage art organisations via calls for proposals. Intending to stimulate the diversity of cultural performance art products and to reach new audience, the Ministry of Culture conducts open tenders, a targeted program and sessions to support theatre, music and dance arts festivals. The main goal of performing arts is to create highly artistic products and to provide the audience with ever wider access to Bulgarian works of art. The special focus of the Ministry of Culture’s actions is funding the state performance arts institutes whose production is disseminated throughout the country. A key priority is to increase financial resources not only for the state performance arts institutes, but also for project funding in the independent sector, which is working ever more actively to develop new stage forms and language. Supporting international theatre, music and dance arts festivals enables the general public to access contemporary achievements in theatre and music. The performances and concerts included in their programmes present a selection of the best works of national and international stages.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
With these programmes, the Ministry of Culture plays an active part in developing the national scene and supports the professional development of public figures and artists in the fields of performing arts and cinema by promoting cultural diversity. The annual support given by the Ministry of Culture to creative theatrical and music projects of independent organisations is a major contribution, on the one hand, for the advancement of modern stage forms and, on the other, for the development of professional young generation in the fields of theatre, music and dance. Financial contributions for theatre, music, dance arts, and cinema festivals support the diversity of cultural forms and expands the audience’s access to an ever more highly artistic cultural products. Over the past period, major theatrical, music and dance festival forums were funded annually as a matter of priority. In the period from 2016 to April 2019, 178 festivals and contests were funded within a session for supporting theatrical, musical and dance arts festivals. The tender bids session for performance and concert production supported 179 projects from the performance and concert production session. 19 projects were funded during production sessions for performances by independent professional organizations in the field of modern dance. Apart from that, 75 projects in the field of performing arts have been supported under the Programme for targeted financial support for activities in the field of museum and fine arts, performing arts, regional cultural activities, non-professional artworks, literary, printed and intangible cultural heritage. A number of organisations are also implementing their own programmes to attract children and young people. Many performance art institutes work with youngsters and young people in specially designated schools within their own structure. A major success in this regard is the signed agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science on cooperation and collaboration of schools and cultural institutes in the field of performing arts. With these programmes, the Ministry of Culture provides its support and participates in the developing the audience and attracting new audience in the field of performing arts. Financial contributions for theatre, music and dance art festivals support performance art forms diversity and expand the audience’s access to an increasingly higher artistic stage product. By implementing the Ministry of Culture’s funding programmes, conditions are created to harness the full potential of culture and creative industries for sustainable development of the Bulgarian economy by opening new jobs, expanding the internal market with quality goods and services, soaring exports, increasing tax revenues, as well as by promoting Bulgarian culture and cultural diversity.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The financial resources allocated for implementing this measure amount to USD 2,279,786, of which USD 1,225,743 was spent on music and dance arts and USD 1,054,045 was spent on funding theatrical art and cinema projects.

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
CSOs and State cultural institutes in the field of performing arts institutes. Some of the programmes focus exclusively on CSOs.
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Providing State aid to support the Bulgarian film industry in compliance with the Film Industry Act.

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
National Film Centre Executive Agency at the Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The strategic objectives of the State aid in the field of film industry are to create competitive Bulgarian films with high artistic and commercial potential and international recognition capacity; to encourage the viewer's interest in Bulgarian films; and to expand the audience’s access to diverse film art forms. In order to meet these objectives, the Film Industry Act (FIA) and the Regulations for Implementing the FIA facilitate impartial and transparent procedure for tender bids when selecting film projects, plus a sustainable mechanism for introducing young authors into the film process. The measure focuses on developing and preserving the Bulgarian film-works. The key priorities are as follows: providing assistance for producing, promoting and distributing films with highly artistic value and debut film projects, ensuring public access rights to various forms of film artworks, protecting the viewers rights and interests, supporting new talents and young authors, as well as fostering Bulgarian films throughout the country and abroad. State support consists of direct grants for projects in the field of production (as well as project development, including script writing thereof), distribution and screening of Bulgarian films and films produced in co-production with countries parties to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production adopted in Strasbourg on 2 October 1992, promotion of Bulgarian films at international and national film festivals, weeks and panoramas of Bulgarian film art.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
State support for the film industry creates conditions for harnessing the full potential of culture and creative industries for sustainable development of the Bulgarian economy by opening new jobs, expanding the internal market with quality goods and services, soaring exports, increasing tax revenues, as well as by promoting Bulgarian culture and cultural diversity. The past 4-year period (2016-2019) can be considered a success for meeting the programme objectives. In 2016, 57 films were released, of which 4 feature films, 2 documentaries and 7 animations were debuts. For 2017 - 50 films, of which 2 feature films, 2 documentaries and 5 animations were debuts. For 2018 - 45 films, of which 8 feature films, 1 documentary and 2 animations were debuts. For 2019 - 39 films, of which 2 documentaries and 1 animation were debuts. All these films were created with State support and showed their premieres in cinemas across the Republic of Bulgaria. Despite the small number of première films in Bulgarian cinemas, our films continued to receive international and national recognition. Films released in previous years continue to win awards.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding provided by the State budget - USD 31,422,324

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Amendments to the Film Industry Act and its Implementing Regulations are currently under way. The amendments are aimed at providing additional resources for film industry development, the introduction of new economic instruments in the form of a reimbursement scheme for Bulgarian and foreign producers, etc.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
CSOs, such as film industry associations and organisations, are partners in the measure.
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Funding Projects in the Field of Movable Cultural Heritage, Museums and Visual Arts – via call for proposals and targeted financial support.

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The main objective of the measure is to support cultural institutes in the field of cultural heritage and to improve the system of preserving, managing and presenting cultural values via tenders and targeted financial support. This enables the creation of a quality museum and artistic productions, as well as providing audiences with ever wider access to Bulgarian works of art and cultural heritage. The special focus of the Ministry of Culture is funding State, regional and municipal cultural institutes operating in the field of museum works throughout the country. A key priority is to increase the financial resources not only for the abovementioned institutes, but also for project funding of the independent visual arts sector. The support for visual art forums enables the general public to access cultural diversity and contemporary achievements in this field.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Through these programmes the Ministry of Culture actively participates in the process of promoting cultural diversity by supporting the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage and visual arts. The Ministry of Culture's annual allowance for museum works and visual arts is a significant contribution, on the one hand, towards providing a quality museum product, on the other – towards developing young professional generation in the field of visual arts. The financial contribution to visual arts bi-annual events and forums supports the establishment of diversity in cultural expression forms and expands the public's access to increasingly higher artistic cultural products. Under the Programme for targeted financial support for activities in the field of museum and fine arts, performing arts, regional cultural activities, non-professional artworks, literary, printed and intangible cultural heritage, 95 projects in the field of museum and fine arts were supported between 2016 and 2019.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the State budget - USD 900,615

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Public sector, CSOs
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Support for developing Bulgarian culture and art, Bulgarian publishing sector, libraries and community centres

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Ministry of Culture is currently running the “Support for Developing Bulgarian Culture and Arts, Bulgarian Publishing Sector, Libraries and Community Centres programme. It is an example of implementing cultural diversity policies and programmes at national and regional level, all aimed at creative development and expression through the language of culture. The programme is implemented via the following sub-programmes: “Book Aid” to support creative projects in the field of book publishing National award “Hr. G. Danov”. The most prestigious state award contest in the field of book publishing, which includes awards in 8 categories and the National General Contribution Honorary Award. The “Bulgarian Libraries - Contemporary Reading and Awareness Centres” Programme. During the past 4 years, tender bids were organised to renew the collections of public libraries (regional, municipal and city libraries, and libraries within community centres) with new up-to-date literature, cultural and literary periodicals, and other modern information sources. Thus Bulgarian libraries will be able to meet the readers’ growing needs. Activities focused on children and young people are a priority for the Ministry.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
“Book Aid” - Calls for proposals were held to finance publishing activities. On average, 60 projects are supported annually in various directions: Bulgarian and translated literature; Bulgarian and translated humanities books; literature for children and adolescents; cultural heritage and contemporary culture. National Award “Hr. G. Danov”. The most prestigious state award contest in the field of book publishing, which includes awards in 8 categories and the National General Contribution Honorary Award. The “Bulgarian Libraries - Modern Reading and Awareness Centres” Program . During the reporting period, the Ministry supported project proposals from public libraries to upgrade their stock with books and other information sources. With its sustainable development programmes and policies, the Ministry of Culture creates real prerequisites for establishing the existing and introducing new cultural and educational activities in community centres, reinforcing the library network and supporting Bulgarian literature nationwide and abroad; protecting intangible cultural heritage, developing non-professional art, cultural integration of ethnic communities, disabled people, active ageing, equal involvement of women and men in cultural life, etc.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the state budget.

"Book Aid" - The financial framework for the 4-year period is USD 231,472.
USD 69,442 were allocated for organising and holding the National Award Ceremony "Hr. G. Danov" for the last 4-year period.

The "Bulgarian Libraries - Contemporary Reading and Awareness Centres" Program had a financial framework of USD 1,736,040 for the 4-year period.

TOTAL: 2,036,954 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Festivals, contests, cultural events and celebrations. Financial support for activities in the field of non-professional artworks, literary, publishing and intangible cultural heritage

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
During the last 4 years in the field of regional activities and non-professional artwork, there was an annual financial support for projects of municipalities, community centres and other non-governmental organisations focusing on activities for children and young people, on forming national consciousness, protecting ethnic identity, Roma integration, tolerance and intercultural communication, active ageing, integration of disabled people, developing creative potential, and promoting cultural diversity. Furthermore, a variety of projects by regional libraries have been implemented with the Ministry of Culture’s financial support, all of which support the process of literary and published heritage development, efforts to encourage reading, as well as events at municipal level.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
With its sustainable development programmes and policies, the Ministry of Culture creates real prerequisites for establishing the current and introducing new cultural and educational activities in community centres, reinforcing the library network and supporting Bulgarian literature nationwide and abroad. The Ministry's priorities are activities aimed at children and young people, intangible cultural heritage protection, non-professional art development, cultural integration of ethnic communities, disabled people, active ageing, equal involvement of women and men in cultural life, etc.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the State budget

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Municipal libraries, community centres, civil society organizations (CSO)
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Public community centres - Bulgarian cultural and educational associations

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Community centres hold a special place in the country's ongoing cultural policy for culture development at national, regional and local levels. They serve as an established factor for developing a civil society mindset in Bulgaria, including, inter alia, by applying the principles of tolerance and respect for cultural expression of all communities in the country and beyond. As of 2019, there are 3,682 community centres registered in Bulgaria, ¼ of which are in cities and the rest in villages. According to the provisions of the Public Community Centres Act, they are traditional self-governing Bulgarian cultural and educational associations established in settlements nationwide, which also perform state cultural and educational tasks. All individuals, regardless of their age and gender, political and religious beliefs and ethnic self-awareness, may participate in their activities. In addition to general cultural and educational tasks, they are also called upon to help preserve the customs and traditions of the Bulgarian nation in its vast diversity. Community centres enable equal representation of different ethnic and religious communities, as well as people of different genders and faiths. Thus, community centres become an expression of the cultural-ethnic identity for the people who establish them. This is where different elements of cultural expression continuity and diversity can be noticed most distinctly. Community centres themselves have become initiators and organisers of numerous festivals and cultural events of a diverse nature and format, in which the country's various ethnic communities display their traditional culture preserved over the years. Indicatively, the country's community centres are becoming a vivid expression hub for concepts set forth in the series of international regulations adopted in recent years, which were also ratified by Bulgaria. Since the dawn of their creation, Bulgarian community centres, by their very nature, have applied the basic principles of these documents in terms of preserving and promoting cultural expression diversity, as well as enabling different cultures to flourish and engage in mutually enriching free interaction.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
With its sustainable development programmes and policies, the Ministry of Culture creates real prerequisites for establishing the existing and introducing new cultural and educational activities in community centres. The Ministry's priorities are activities aimed at children and young people, intangible cultural heritage protection, non-professional art development, cultural integration of ethnic communities, disabled people, active ageing, equal involvement of women and men in cultural life, etc. The Ministry supports the community centres’ budget by allocating additional subsidised units. The allocation was made in compliance with the Regulations for allocating budget resources for additional subsidised units to public community centres per region, municipality, settlement, and per community centre.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

USD 323,100

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Community centres
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Special programmes for education and training in cultural management in the arts, culture and creative works sectors

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
The State Cultural Institute under the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The State Cultural Institute operating under the Minister of Foreign Affairs was established in 2005 and operates in the sphere of cultural diplomacy. One of the Institute's main objectives is to foster the country's international communication by promoting its rich cultural heritage and a dynamic contemporary cultural scene. With its programmes and projects The State Cultural Institute contributes to Bulgaria's intercultural communication process and international cultural cooperation. The Institute is engaged in implementing various programmes of diplomatic missions, by preparing presentations and supporting their participation in projects run by partner organisations, such as EUNIC, UNESCO, ASEF and other bilateral or regional formats. For implementing its programme, the Institute collaborates with cultural and creative arts organisations, academic structures, national and local institutions concerned with culture, with foreign cultural institutions. The projects implemented by the State Cultural Institute encompass both tangible and intangible heritage, classical and contemporary art, film and audiovisual arts, book and literature, translation, documentary exhibitions, academic exchange, performance arts. The State Cultural Institute participates in training programmes for young diplomats, state administration officials, in matters of international cultural co-operation. Training modules, such as seminars and conferences discussing current international cultural cooperation models, including implementation of the UNESCO Convention, are regularly held with representatives of the arts and culture sectors.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The State Cultural Institute partners network has expanded, more flexible and modern project implementation models are now being applied, support was provided for building sustainable and competitive administrative capacity in the cultural management sector.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

2016 - 5,000 USD; 2017 - 6,000 USD; 2018 - 12,000 USD; 2019 - 5,000 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic Institute, academic, scientific, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Melpomena National Program

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Performing Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Melpomena national programme is funded annually by the State budget for active labour market policy under the National Employment Action Plan. The programme’s main objective is to increase employment by creating new jobs to support theatres operating in Bulgaria. Employment shall be provided for unemployed persons with specific experience, professional qualifications, knowledge and skills in the field of theatre arts, registered at Labour Offices. Individuals are employed full-time or part-time to perform activities for theatre arts jobs, and their salaries and social securities owed by the employer are subsidised for a period of up to 12 months. The implementing institution is the Bulgarian National Employment Agency and the partners for this programme are the Ministry of Culture and the Union of Bulgarian Actors.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
In 2016, the programme employed an average of 164 persons per month, 185 persons in 2017, 177 persons in 2018, 193 persons in 2019. In 2020, funds were provided for the employment of 230 people and for supporting 35 state and municipal theatres, 3 theatrical and musical production centres with the status of state cultural institutes, the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov”, and the Union of Bulgarian Actors.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the State budget.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture, Union of Bulgarian Actors
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Personal development support centres in the pre-school and school education systems

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Education and Science
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Personal development support centres in the pre-school and school education system support the implementation of the State policy to ensure and provide personal development support to children and school students by organizing activities which develop their personal talents and abilities in the fields of science, technology, arts and sports. The policy activities related to personal development opportunities through interest-based classes create conditions for discovering, stimulating and developing the potential and talents of children and school students in various fields, including cultural diversity promotion. There are no restrictions based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, etc. Depending on the children and students’ wishes and capabilities, various pedagogical organisation forms for interest-based activities are created in the personal development support centres. Since 2018, new regulations have been introduced regarding interest-based activities and their funding in State and municipal schools via targeted funds from the State budget. Interest-based courses are organised as a matter of priority in different thematic areas, including an “Arts and Culture” thematic area. Apart from schools, interest-based activities organisers can be natural persons and legal entities - coaches, sports clubs, community centres, personal development support centres, etc.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The centres enable the discovery and enhancement of each child’s potential in various areas, including the arts, as well as public appearances of children and students.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the State budget.

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
State and municipal schools
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

StARTs - Entrepreneurship Training and Establishment of Training Enterprises in Art Schools and Sports Schools

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Economy
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Design
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Ministry of Economy runs the StARTs project annually. It is aimed at establishing training firms in art schools and sports schools. The StARTs project aims to develop the entrepreneurial potential of students in art and sports schools so that entrepreneurship training can gradually become an integral part of these schools’ curriculum. Training via the project is implemented by setting up training enterprises. Students undergo entrepreneurship and intellectual property protection training and mentoring, and participate in training enterprise conventions at national level. The StARTs project also includes the “Brandico” national contest, which focuses on intellectual property protection. The contest aims to encourage students from training enterprises to understand the nature and significance of establishing and protecting intellectual property, and brands, in particular. Students are trained to register a Community Brand. This approach was selected as an undertaking, because with a Community brand an enterprise can protect its trade mark within the European Single Market area. Two national art schools participate in the project.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Introducing training enterprises practice into art and sports schools: establishing training enterprises, training managers for these enterprises, training students, participation in various educational initiatives and contests.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

From the State budget.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sports, "Junior Achievement" – Bulgaria
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Promoting the Creative Development of Young People

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Design
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Ministry of Culture operates to promote the creative development of young people, including children and school students from ethnic communities. During the 2016 - 2020 period, annual scholarships and one-off financial support have been provided by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and municipalities. Each calendar year these Programmes provide USD 1,041,624 from the central budget for scholarships and one-off grants to over 1000 children and school students with evident talents who study at public, municipal and private schools. There is regular institutional and financial support for the exposure and development of young talents directed at organising festivals, gatherings, contests, exhibitions, performances, and other events that enable appearance and development of young talents. The events are supported by contest sessions run by the Ministry of Culture in the fields of theatre, music and dance. They are organised by art schools, community centres, other non-governmental organisations, often with assistance from municipal administrations. Part of the consistent policy for encouraging, preserving and promoting cultural diversity is the annual selection and presentation of key events and festivals of the Roma community throughout Bulgaria as genre highlights in the Cultural Calendar with national coverage prepared by the Ministry of Culture. Another area of this policy is providing contemporary conditions to implement a quality educational process and to prepare highly qualified professionals in the arts and culture field. In this respect, the Arts and Culture Training Programme provides support and methodological guidance to 23 arts and culture schools. Schools conduct training in professions, which are of strategic importance for the country, and in majors related to preserving national identity, traditions and culture, providing personnel with artistic and creative potential, developing Bulgarian culture and arts, and implementing the cultural policy of Bulgaria.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
During the 2016-2020 period, annual scholarships and one-off financial support have been provided by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Agriculture and Foods, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and municipalities. Each calendar year these Programmes provide USD 1,041,624 from the central budget for scholarships and one-off grants to over 1000 children and school students with evident talents who study at public, municipal and private schools. At the same time, integration processes are being implemented and conditions are being created for non-formal and informal lifelong learning, for equal access to human knowledge, for communication and awareness, for promoting cultural diversity, for overcoming discrimination, racism and intolerance, and for intergenerational continuity. Activities focused on children and young people promote the diversity of cultural expression forms.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

From the State Budget - USD 1,041,624

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The measure is highly assessed, it has contributed over the years, and tends towards expanding.
Website - mc.government.bg, "Protection of Children with Evident Talents" section.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Youth and Sports and municipalities.
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Cultural Heritage Programme of the National Culture Fund

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
National Culture Fund
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The National Culture Fund is the Bulgarian organisation at national level that supports the creation, development and spread of Bulgarian culture and art nationwide and abroad. The Cultural Heritage Programme runs in two modules - Cultural Heritage Module and Cultural Tourism Module. In the Cultural Heritage Module, the programme focuses on the preservation, exploration and promotion of intangible cultural heritage using an integrated approach as well as on the digitisation of cultural heritage, which includes both tangible or intangible. The Cultural Heritage Module aims to emphasise the contribution of cultural heritage towards cultural diversity, identity and significant cultural and historical processes in Bulgaria and Europe, as well as to achieve sustainable development through intercultural communication. The Cultural Tourism Module, established in 2018, aims to promote Bulgarian cultural heritage through cultural tourism and to develop the capacity of cultural organizations by building multi-sectoral collaborations and sustainable practices.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
In 2016, a total of 30 applicants participated, out of which 5 projects received funding totalling USD 10,397. In 2017, a total of 32 applicants participated with projects amounting to USD 53,041, of which 12 projects received funding totalling USD 17,179. In 2018 a total of 77 applicants with projects for USD 394,640 participated in the tender, of which 26 projects received funding totalling USD 68,716. In 2019 a total of 63 applicants with projects totalling USD 464,343 participated in the tender, of which 18 projects received funding totalling USD 102,867.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

For the 2016 - 2019 - 199,160 USD (total amount)

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual publication of a report and analysis on the NCF website. This measure is evolving positively, trending towards gradual expansion.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
-

Translation Programme of the National Culture Fund

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
National Culture Fund
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Publishing
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The National Culture Fund is the Bulgarian organisation at national level that supports the creation, development and spread of Bulgarian culture and art nationwide and abroad. The programme supports single projects for translation of Bulgarian fiction (eligible costs for translation work). Bulgarian and foreign publicly subsidised organisations, publishing houses, as well as private and non-governmental organizations whose main activity involves translation and book publishing books are all eligible to apply for this programme.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The Translation Programme contributes to promoting contemporary Bulgarian fiction outside the country by supporting the translation into different languages of publications from various genres of contemporary Bulgarian literary works, seeking to preserve and present their diversity to a foreign audience. In 2016, a total of 4 applicants participated in the tender, out of which 4 projects received financing totalling USD 8,990. In 2017, a total of 5 applicants took part, out of which 4 projects received funding totalling USD 9,162. In 2018, a total of 15 applicants participated, out of which 10 projects received funding totalling USD 28,632. In 2019, a total of 11 applicants participated, out of which 9 projects received funding totalling USD 30,464 .
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Total amount for the period 2016 - 2019 - 77,249 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual publication of a report and analysis on the NCF website. This measure is evolving positively, trending towards gradual expansion.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

National Youth Strategy 2010-2020

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Youth and Sports
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
In implementing the National Strategy for Youth 2010-2020, the Ministry of Youth and Sports supports the running of activities related to the developing the talent, creative skills and cultural expression of young people. Taking into account the potential of young people’s work to enable informal learning from experience and to provide opportunities for young people tailored to their specific needs and the characteristics of young age, the Ministry of Youth and Sports funds projects for development and recognition of young people’s work in implementation of the National Youth Programme (2016-2020).
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The funded projects enable the implementation of activities aimed at improving the realisation opportunities for young people's social and creative skills in line with their interests; and stimulating their initiative, the creative works of young people and their expression. Sports has been established as an instrument of integration.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the State budget

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Sports Schools, CSOs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Media Diversity

Public service media has a legal or statutory remit to promote a diversity of cultural expressions: 
YES
Policies and measures promote content diversity in programming by supporting: 
Regional and/or local broadcasters
Linguistic diversity in media programming
Socio-cultural programming (e.g. children, youth, people with disabilities, etc.)
Domestic content regulations for audio-visual media exist (e.g. quotas for production or distribution requirements for national films, TV series or music on radio): 
YES
Regulatory authority(ies) monitoring media exist: 
YES
If YES, please provide the name and year of establishment of the regulatory authority(ies): 
The Electronic Media Council (EMB) was established as a national regulator of all media at the end of 2001 with the closure of the National Radio and Television Council. (With the Act amending and supplementing the Radio and Television Act
If YES, these regulatory authority(ies) monitor: 
Public media
Private sector media
If YES, these regulatory authority(ies) are responsible for: 
Issuing licenses to broadcasters, content providers, platforms
Receiving and addressing public complaints such as online harassment, fake news, hate speech, etc.
Monitoring cultural (including linguistic) obligations
Monitoring gender equality in the media
Monitoring editorial independence of the media
Monitoring diversity in media ownership (diversity of ownership structures, transparency of ownership rules, limits on ownership concentration, etc.)
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Policy for Promoting the circulation of European works in linear and non-linear services

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Electronic Media Council
Ministry of Culture
National Film Centre Executive Agency
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Under Directive (EU) 2018/1808 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 Amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions, laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive), in view of changing market realities, introducing at least a 30% share for European works in their catalogues, as well as a visible prominence of these works. At least 50% of the total annual broadcasting time of television programmes, excluding news and sports programmes and television game shows, advertising, teletext and the telemarket, shall be allocated to European works, where practically possible.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Increase the distribution share of European works in linear and on-demand services.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funds for production and dissemination of European works under the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Funds from the National Film Centre
Funds from media service providers for the production and dissemination of European works.

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

There is a need to enhance and promote the production and dissemination of European works in order to overcome the fragmentation of the European audiovisual market and to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Media service providers, Creative Europe Desk - Media.
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Transparency of media ownership (covered domains - Media & Printed Works)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Electronic Media Council
Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Art. 7a was introduced with an Act for the Mandatory Deposit of Printed and Other Works and Announcing Media Service Broadcasters and Providers, which stipulates that “By 30 June each year all media service providers submit to the Ministry of Culture a declaration from a template approved by the Minister of Culture, which identifies its actual owner and contains information on whether the actual owner occupies a public position, as well as about all funding received in the preceding calendar year, its amount and justification, including details of the entity who provided the funding.” The provisions of Directive (EU) 2018/1808 introduce an obligation for the Electronic Media Council, whose registers will now include a link to information on ownership structure and the actual owners of media service providers.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The measure is new and there is no data for results achieved.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

From the budget of the Ministry of Culture - resources for establishing a register under Art. 7a

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The measure is new.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
-

Accessibility to media services for the visually or hearing impaired

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Electronic Media Council
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
cultural domains covered - Audiovisual media services - television, radio, on-demand services
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Gradually increasing audiovisual media content accessibility for visually or hearing impaired people. Media service providers are obliged to submit to the Electronic Media Council accessibility action plans for steady and gradual increase of the accessibility of their services for disabled people over a 3-year period; They shall also report annually on the progress made regarding the accessibility of their services for visually or hearing impaired people.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The measure is new and there is no data for results achieved
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The resources required for this measure have not been calculated yet.

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The measure is new.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Media Service Providers
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Changing gender stereotypes currently existing in society in different areas of public life

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Electronic Media Council (EMC) – independent regulator
covered domain - mass media
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
In the National Action Plan for the Promotion of Equality between Women and Men 2019-2020 the Electronic Media Council has set forth the following sub-measures: • Monitoring gender-specific channels (BTV Lady, FOX LIFE, Military TV Channel, Hobby Hunting and Hobby TV) - to analyse trends in gender-specific programs suggesting one-sided social and behavioural patterns; • Focused monitoring of broadcasted commercial communications - aiming to look out for any presence of gender stereotypes; • Focused monitoring of female participation in pre-election campaigns for the European Parliament and local government - to analyse the male-female balance in election campaigns among candidates from certain political formations and as subject experts.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The Electronic Media Council supervises the programmes of linear media service providers with a special emphasis on the provisions stipulating non-discrimination on grounds of gender, as required by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive transposed into Bulgarian legislation. There is a developed Methodology for Monitoring Electronic Media for the Use of Gender Stereotypes in Programmes, Advertisements and Commercial Communication that has been tested on one advertising block. This Methodology has yet to be approved by the EMC and put into practice. Upon noting cases of discriminatory treatment in the media, EMC works in collaboration with the Commission for Protection against Discrimination.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Commission for Protection against Discrimination
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Digital Environment

Policies, measures or mechanisms are in place to support the digital transformation of cultural and creative industries and institutions (e.g. funding for digitization of analogue industries): 
YES
Policies or measures have been introduced to ensure vibrant domestic digital cultural and creative industries markets with a diversity of e-players of all sizes (e.g. fair remuneration rules; control market concentration; prevention of monopolies of digital content providers/distributors or their algorithms that potentially restrict the diversity of cultural expressions, etc.):: 
NO
Policies and measures have been implemented to enhance access to and discoverability of domestically produced cultural content in the digital environment (e.g. action plans or policies for digital content pluralism, public support to cultural or artistic portals in specific languages, national or regional online distribution platforms for domestic content, etc.): 
YES
Measures and initiatives have been implemented to promote digital creativity and competencies of artists and other cultural professionals working with new technologies (e.g. spaces for experimentation, incubators, etc.): 
NO
Statistics or studies with recent data on access to digital media, including on the type of cultural content available through digital media, are available: 
NO
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Developing Media Literacy Skills (covered domain - media)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Electronic Media Council
Ministry of Education and Science
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Developing skills and knowledge that enable citizens to: make informed choices about media content and media services; use media services and media content in a safe way; create media content and participate responsibly, ethically and effectively in various forms of communication.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The measure is new.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The measure is new.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Coalition for Media Literacy, media service providers
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Digitalising the archive of immovable cultural assets of global and national importance, creating a specialized information system, electronic register and public portal (covered domains - Digitalisation, cultural heritage)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Improving the service provided to citizens and businesses; developing e-government in the field of immovable cultural heritage preservation, by digitising the National Archive Fund of immovable cultural assets of global and national importance, creating a specialized information system including the National Register of Immovable Cultural Assets in digital format, and ensuring publicity and accessibility of the archive of immovable cultural assets Procedure “Priority projects in implementing the Roadmap for the implementation of the Strategy for the Development of Electronic Government in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2016-2020”.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Equipment for digitisation of part of the document archive for sites of immovable cultural heritage has been supplied to the National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage. Digitalised photogrammetric plates for 350 sites of immovable cultural assets of national and global importance and immovable archaeological cultural assets of national importance. Prepared analysis of the legislation in the field of immovable cultural heritage, and the practice of the National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Culture regarding the capacity for introducing e-government; Prepared business analysis in terms of business processes, functionality and general system architecture in order to develop and implement a Specialized Information System (SIS).
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

1,146,624 USD
Operational programme "Good Governance" run by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

No, the project has not ended yet.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Distribution of cultural content in digital environment

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
State Cultural Institute under the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Through its programme, which mainly addresses the network of Bulgarian diplomatic representative units, the State Cultural Institute under the Minister of Foreign Affairs implements initiatives that improve the visibility of forms for cultural expression, cultural richness, and national heritage in another environment. The bilingual (Bulgarian/English) website updated in 2020 and the social networking pages of the State Cultural Institute are dedicated mainly to the dissemination of up-to-date cultural content provided by cultural organisations and artists implementing joint projects in the field of cultural diplomacy – in a national and pan-European context.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Increased efficiency in the programming for diplomatic missions and opportunity to reach a wider and more diverse audience. Expanding the partner network of the diplomatic service and the State Cultural Institute with representatives of the creative, academic and cultural sectors.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

2016 - 5,000 USD; 2017 - 6,000 USD; 2018 - 5,000 USD; 2019 - 5,000 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
n.a.
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Promoting cultural heritage by digitising valuable collections held by libraries and making them available in open information media (covered domains - Digitalisation, cultural heritage, libraries)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library
Pencho Slaveykov Regional Library – Varna
Regional libraries in the cities of Ruse, Dobrich, Haskovo and Stara Zagora
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Digitising library collections entails providing access to cultural heritage through the national resources of libraries presented electronically, which makes the data more accessible and attractive to use, and also makes information sources stored in libraries available to citizens using the web. St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library owns one of the richest and most valuable collections of varied types of materials – books, manuscripts, periodicals, graphics, and other publications, representing Bulgarian cultural heritage. The digitisation centre established at the library also makes it a natural centre for coordination and partnership with other cultural institutions. Up to now, the National Library has digitised and presented around 4,000 documents on the Europeana website. Documents may consist of one page (photographs, letters, maps) or several pages (periodicals, books). The documents presented are mainly Slavic, oriental and other foreign language manuscripts; old print, rare and valuable publications; archive documents, including photographs and portraits; oriental documents; graphic documents; cartographic documents; ongoing editions. In 2008 the “Pencho Slaveykov” Regional Library – Varna launched its cooperation with Europeana as a partner in the EuropeanaLocal project. Originally recognised as a data creator (provider), later the library officially launched an OAI-PMH repository and commenced actual data aggregation activity for a limited number of libraries and museums. It is currently the largest data provider with more than 60,000 entries into the Europeana database, while also acting as a generator for other regional libraries actively digitising their valuable collections. The “Lyuben Karavelov” Regional Library in Ruse, “Dora Gabe” Regional Library in Dobrich, the Hr. Smirnenski Regional Library in Haskovo, the Rodina Library in Stara Zagora, as well as museums from Varna and Stara Zagora are also actively involved. The process of digitising materials stored in Bulgarian libraries and archives continues to be significantly more active than that of movable and immovable cultural assets.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
This is one of the main approaches for activating the information functions of libraries. Digitalisation of such material is aimed at preservation, long-term storage and enabling widespread access to cultural content stored in libraries.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
regional libraries
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Partnering with Civil Society

Professional organizations and/or trade unions representing artists and/or cultural professionals in the following sectors exist in your country (i.e. federation of musicians, publishers unions, etc.): 
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Publishing
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Public funding schemes supporting CSOs involvement in promoting the diversity of cultural expressions exist: 
YES
Training and mentoring opportunities were organized or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years to build skills on communication, advocacy and/or fundraising of civil society organizations involved in the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions: 
YES
Dialogue mechanisms between public authorities and CSOs for cultural policy making and/or monitoring have been implemented during the last 4 years (meetings, working groups, etc.): 
-
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
- Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, Coalition for Media Literacy for increasing media literacy among students and other groups – elderly people and different communities. Partnership between institutions and CSOs in the strife for safer internet for children. -
- In 2018, with vast participation of nationally represented organisations in the field of visual arts, and a specially designated task group, a draft Statute for the National Participation of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Venice Biennale Arte was developed. - Working group on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2018/1808 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) in view of changing market conditions.
Policies and measures promoting the diversity of cultural expressions have been elaborated in consultation with CSOs during the last 4 years: 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Dialogue between the Ministry of Culture Dialogue and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Performing arts There are civil society organisations in the field of music, dance and theatre with which the Ministry of Culture interacts regularly, exchanges information and has joint discussion about all matters and issues in the field of performing arts. Regular interaction and attention to communication coming from creative arts organisations and the non-governmental sector plays an important role in defining the performing arts policies. The Ministry of Culture keeps these relations alive and discusses any issues related to the development of its network and the funding of performance arts institutes. There are programmes run by the Ministry of Culture to support creative projects in the field of performing arts produced by private organisations. For the 2016-2019 period, a total of 178 festivals and 180 creative projects in the field of theatre, music and dance were supported. International film festivals have also been supported. With these programmes, the Ministry of Culture plays an active part in developing the national scene and supports the professional development of public figures and artists in the fields of performing arts and cinema. The annual support given by the Ministry of Culture to creative theatrical and music projects of independent organisations is a major contribution, on the one hand, for the advancement of modern stage forms and, on the other, for the development of professional young generation in the fields of theatre, music and dance. Financial contributions for theatre, music, dance arts, and cinema festivals support the diversity of cultural forms and expands the audience’s access to an ever more highly artistic cultural products. Visual Arts In 2018, with vast participation of nationally represented organisations in the field of visual arts, and a specially designed working group, a draft Statute for the National Participation of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Venice “Biennale Arte” was developed. In 2019, Bulgaria participated in the 58th international art exhibition of the Venice “Biennale Arte”. The overall organisation was conducted by the Bulgarian National Gallery. In 2019, with vast participation of nationally represented organisations in the field of architecture, a draft Statute for the National Participation in the Venice “Biennale of Architecture” was developed. With the Bulgarian Writers Union (BWU) The Ministry of Culture signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Developing and Promoting Bulgarian Literature. With the Memorandum, the two institutions share the common goal to work for improving the conditions and opportunities for promoting literary achievements in contemporary literary life, literary memory and great names in Bulgarian verbal expression, and for the promotion of all generations of talented literary artists. The Ministry supports literary festivals and contests organised by the Union. One BWU project is supported annually under the Rules for targeted financial support for activities in the field of museum and fine arts, performing arts, regional cultural activities, recreational creativity events, literary, printed and intangible cultural heritage. With the Public Community Centres Union (PCCU) The Ministry of Culture collaborates actively with PCCU by supporting their initiatives and projects for trainings and seminars, as well as such related to community centres operation. A Cooperation Agreement with the PCCU for information exchange and sharing good practices is under way. Dialogue with CSOs in drafting strategic documents in the field of culture In the 2016-2018 period, working groups were formed with the participation of non-governmental sector representatives in order to prepare a draft National Strategy on Culture 2019-2029.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Regular interaction and attention to communication coming from creative arts organisations and the non-governmental sector plays an important role in setting the Ministry of Culture’s policies. It contributes to promote interaction between the public sector and CSOs involved in promoting the diversity of cultural expression forms.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Union of Bulgarian Actors, Bulgarian Writers Union, Public Community Centres Union, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Union of Architects in Bulgaria, etc.
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Training and mentoring to build communication skills for civil society organisations involved in promoting diversity of cultural expression forms. Maintaining communication models between public authorities and CSOs

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
State Cultural Institute under the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The State Cultural Institute regularly organises training modules under the Young Diplomats Programme, and co-organises various training formats targeting the creative works sector. Under the Programme for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018, the State Cultural Institute participated in a training module on cultural diplomacy specifics with about 600 state administration representatives. International conferences were also organised – for example, with EUNIC Global in Sofia 2017 and in Belgrade 2018.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Mechanisms were established for dialogue with representatives of CSOs from the creative artworks sector, regular meetings and participation in joint projects. International projects were supported -- for example, a training module for young documentary filmmakers in the DocuFest programme in Prizren.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

2016 - 12,000 USD; 2017 - 11,000 USD; 2018 - 10,000 USD; 2019 - 16,000 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
-
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals

Please indicate if the following policies and measures exist in your country: 
-
Please indicate if the following operational programmes have been developed or supported/funded by public authorities during the last 4 years: 
Information resources or training services providing practical guidance to facilitate the mobility of cultural professionals (e.g. Internet platforms)
Infrastructure (e.g. arts residencies, cultural institutes, etc.) having a mandate to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and hosting a large number of foreign artists, notably from developing countries
Please indicate if the following mobility funds (e.g. scholarships, travel grants, etc.) have been managed or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years: 
Public funds supporting the outward mobility of national or resident artists and other cultural professionals
Public funds supporting the inward mobility of foreign artists and other cultural professionals, notably from developing countries
Public funds specifically supporting the mobility of artists and other cultural professionals from or between developing countries, including through North-South-South and South-South cooperation
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Mobility Cultural Contact Programme of the National Culture Fund

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
National Culture Fund (The National Culture Fund is the Bulgarian organisation at national level that supports the creation, development and spread of Bulgarian culture and art nationwide and abroad).
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Mobility Cultural Contact Programme has been operating since 2003. The main objectives of the Programme over the years are as follows: - promoting Bulgarian culture and art outside the country; - supporting the participation of Bulgarian artists and products in European and global cultural exchanges; - understanding and adopting successful foreign practices and models regarding arts and culture development; - supporting the professional development of Bulgarian artists and professionals in the cultural field; - encouraging cultural cooperation and participation of Bulgarian artists in international, national and local cultural networks and initiatives. In order to achieve its objectives, the Programme supports: - Bulgarian artists’ participation in international, national and local cultural forums; - Visits of foreign managers and programme specialists in the fields of culture and arts at national and local cultural forums. The programme exists in two modules, for international and domestic individual trips for professional purposes and for international and domestic collective travel.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Three sessions of the programme were held in 2016, providing support for trips of Bulgarian artists to international cultural forums abroad and in the country, and Bulgarian visits of foreign managers and programme specialists in the culture field. A total of 211 applicants participated in the three sessions of the tender, out of which 110 projects received funding totalling USD 87,854. Three sessions of the programme were held in 2017, providing support for trips of Bulgarian artists to international cultural forums abroad and in the country, and Bulgarian visits of foreign managers and programme specialists in the culture field. A total of 149 candidates participated in the three sessions of the tender, out of which 98 projects received funding totalling USD 77,704. In 2018 – a total of 203 applicants participated in the four sessions of the tender, out of which 108 projects received funding totalling USD 100,745. In 2019, the “Mobility” Programme took place in two modules: Professional cultural organisations and artists and non-professional cultural organisations and artists 205 applicants with project proposals totalling USD 289,774 entered the tender, 129 of which were granted funding totalling USD 142,941.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Total amount for the period 2016 - 2019 - 409,244 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Assessment is performed annually with a report and analysis published on the NCF website.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
-

Policies and measures to support foreign mobility of artists and cultural professionals, support for cultural professionals to participate in international cultural forums.

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
State Cultural Institute under the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The State Cultural Institute organises its programme, supporting cultural sector representatives for foreign visits to various forums. National representations have been organised at various international forums related to the cultural industries in conjunction with various sectoral organisations. Assistance has been provided in to artists from developing countries to obtain visas, as well as for resident programmes.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The practice of supporting such measures has been established in the diplomatic missions’ programmes and the State Cultural Institute.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

2016 - 16,000 USD; 2017 - 19,000 USD; 2018 -18,000 USD; 2019 - 18,000 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
-

Flow of Cultural Goods and Services

Export strategies or measures to support the distribution of cultural goods and services outside your country exist for the following cultural domains: 
Cinema/Audiovisual arts
Music
Publishing
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Your country has granted or benefited from preferential treatment* to support a balanced exchange of cultural goods and services in the last 4 years: 
-
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
-
Your country has provided or benefited in the last 4 years from Aid for Trade support, a form of Official Development Assistance (ODA), that helped to build capacities to formulate trade policies, participate in negotiating and implementing agreements that provide a special status to cultural goods and services: 
-
If YES, please provide up to 2 examples: 
-
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Alleviated Requirements for Labour Market Access for Performers from Third Countries

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Music
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Bulgarian legislation introduced eased requirements for labour market access for performers from third countries with proven professional competence - after confirmed interest in hiring them approved by the Ministry of Culture. According to Art. 15, para. 4 of the Employment Migration and Labour Mobility Act (EMLMA), for obtaining a decision from the Executive Director of the Bulgarian National Employment Agency in connection with the issuance of a Single Permit for Residence and Work of Performers, the provisions of Art. 7, para. 1, item 1 and 2 shall not apply. This means that in this case the employer is not obliged to carry out a prior labour market study (the so-called “market test”) and the limit of 20% (35% for small and medium-sized enterprises) on the number of such persons working for a local employer does not apply. For performers, there are certain relieved requirements and dismissal of some of the required documents that the employer is otherwise obliged to submit to the Labour Office Directorate. These rights are detailed in Art. 11, para. 2 and 3 of the Regulations for Implementing the EMLMA.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Promoting the diversity of cultural expression forms and acceptance of foreign artists in the country. Simplified and eased access to the labour market for performers.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Bulgarian Cultural Institutes Abroad

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Bulgarian cultural institutes (BCI) abroad are State cultural institutes, run methodically and financially by the Ministry of Culture. The Culture Protection and Development Act of 1999 regulates their establishment and operation. Bulgarian Cultural Institutes (BCI) are established and operate in compliance with bilateral intergovernmental agreements. They are located in the following 11 European capitals: Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Moscow, Skopje, Warsaw, Vienna, Paris, London, and Rome. The Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Rome runs the “Boris Hristov” Academy of Art and Culture, which provides an opportunity for young Bulgarian opera talents to participate in resident master-classes in Rome. BCIs helps preserve Bulgaria's cultural identity and integrate it into the cultural diversity of Europe and worldwide. With their activities they contribute to the expansion and strengthening of Bulgarian culture relations and contacts in the world. Through the cultural products that they present – diverse content and artists, as well as by applying new models for audience development, the institutes help promote cultural diversity forms, expand access to culture, and facilitate the active development of cultural industries.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Promoting the diversity of cultural expression forms and providing cultural exchange and equality in the participation of artists in events and activities from all areas of art in the host-country of each BCI. Facilitate public access to a variety of cultural products.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

6,620,120 USD for the period 2016 - 2019

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Yes. The activities and results are reported and analysed annually through the BCI reports.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Treaties and agreements

Multilateral or bilateral trade and/or investment agreements providing a special status to cultural goods and/or services have been signed during the last 4 years or are under negociation: 
NO
Multilateral or bilateral agreements including specific provisions providing a special status to cultural goods and services and digital products in the field of e-commerce have been signed during the last 4 years or are under negotiation: 
NO
Multilateral or bilateral agreements, declarations and/or strategies on relevant policy issues for the diversity of cultural expressions (e.g. education, digital, intellectual property, sustainable development, gender equality, etc.) signed or amended to take into account the objectives or principles of the Convention during the last 4 years: 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Ratification of Conventions, Signing Bilateral Agreements

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specialised ministries (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Science)
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Multilateral and bilateral contract documents create the legal regulatory framework for the implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of culture and audiovisual arts; they facilitate the exchange of artists and cultural products; create conditions for promoting cultural connections and for promoting the cultures of their respective countries.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The legislation for bilateral relations provides a strong impetus for cultural cooperation, while outlining a broad interaction framework. Through the ratification of international conventions in the field of culture, Bulgaria applies international norms in the field. For the 2016-2020 period, certain multilateral agreements have been ratified: in the field of intangible cultural heritage – UNESCO; and cinematographic co-productions – Council of Europe. Enhanced cultural exchange with the respective countries and cooperation within the planned activities. For the 2016-2020 period bilateral cultural cooperation programmes have been signed with Austria, Armenia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Cuba, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Mongolia, the USA, Hungary, Azerbaijan, China, etc.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The measure is funded within the budgets of the respective ministries (from both Sides) and departments.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministries and departments operating in the areas set out in the signed bilateral or multilateral documents, CSOs
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
National Film Centre Executive Agency
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production has become effective in Bulgaria as of 01.04.2020. Bulgaria is the 17th country to sign the Convention, and the accession process is still ongoing. The Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production is based on the Council of Europe's strife for greater cohesion among its members, in particular the preservation and promotion of the ideals and principles forming their common heritage. The Convention protects creative freedom and freedom of opinion expression as fundamental elements of these principles. Supporting the cultural diversity of the various European countries is one of the European Cultural Convention’s objectives. The Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production refers to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which defines cultural diversity as a characteristic of humanity and seeks to strengthen artistic creation, production, dissemination, exchange and use of cultural expressions. The Council of Europe Convention eases the conditions for participation of minority co-producers (the minimum percentage of their participation has become 5% in multilateral co-production and 10% in bilateral). The Convention can be applied only if all the countries partaking in the co-production have signed and ratified it and it has become effective in their legislation.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The measure is new and due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation caused, no measurable results can yet be identified.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The measure is new.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity: 
Private Sector

Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks

National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans

National sustainable development plans and strategies recognize the strategic role of: 
Culture (in general)
Please rate from 1 to 4 the type of outcomes expected by the inclusion of culture in national sustainable development plans and strategies 1 most often expected outcome 4 least expected outcome): 
Economic (e.g. employment, trade, intellectual property, cultural and creative industries, rural and territorial development): 
2
Social (e.g. social cohesion and inclusion, inequality and poverty reduction, values and identity, vulnerable and minority groups, empowerment and human capital, education): 
1
Environmental (e.g. natural resources, reducing environmental impact of cultural industries and practices): 
3
Cultural (e.g. cultural infrastructure, participation and access to culture, innovation, artists support): 
1
Public cultural bodies and agencies responsible for culture or creative industries are involved in the design and implementation of sustainable development policies and plans (i.e. participate in coordination mechanisms such as joint planning committees): 
YES
Cultural industry-led regeneration initiatives and projects at the regional, urban and/or rural levels have been implemented in the last 4 years: 
YES
Policies and measures facilitate participation in cultural life and access to diverse cultural facilities and expressions, notably addressing the needs of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups (e.g. via reduced entrance fees; audience development, arts education and audiences awareness-raising): 
YES
Latest data on cultural participation rates by socio demographic variables (sex/age groups/rural- urban/income levels/education levels): 
At the National Statistical Institute (NSI) website: https://www.nsi.bg/bg/content/3683/%D1%83%D1%87%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%B5-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%B2%D1%8A%D0%B7%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82-25-64-%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8-%D0%B2-%D0%BA%D1%83%D0%BB%D1%82%D1%83%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B8-%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B9%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8-%D0%B8-%D1%81%D1%8A%D0%B1%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%8F there is Information about: • Persons per live performance visits by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence • Persons per cinema visits by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence • Persons per cultural landmark visits by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence • Population by reading books by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence • Population by number of books read by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence • Population by reading of newspapers by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence • Participation in activities of initiative groups, hobby associations, interest clubs for people aged 25-64 by sex, age, education, employment status, and place of residence According to the latest edition of the Gender Equality Index of the European Institute for Gender Equality, 40% of board members of electronic broadcasting organisations in Bulgaria are women.
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedures (Integration of cultural heritage into national sustainable development policies.)

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Environment and Water
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Bulgarian legislation outlines cultural heritage protection measures by integrating this heritage into national sustainable development policies, including environmental protection measures, and the National Environmental Network, in particular (protected territories and protected areas under Natura 2000). The immovable cultural assets located within protected areas and areas under the Protected Areas Act and the Biodiversity Act retain their conservation and perusal status regulated by the relevant acts for announcement and management. Representatives of the Ministry of Culture and the respective regional museums participate in the committees for declaring new protected areas, ensuring compliance and coordination of conservation measures for both natural and cultural heritage. It can be said that protected areas declared under national legislation – the Protected Areas Act and Natura 2000 protected areas, declared under the Biodiversity Act (BDA) provide additional protection for cultural monuments and thus ensure their conservation in the long term. The Cultural Heritage Act regulates protected areas for the protection of immovable cultural heritage, for which there are prescribed protection modes with territorial scope thereof and conservation regulations. The Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures, which are applied to all investment proposals, plans and programmes under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA, 2002), also include consultations under the Cultural Heritage Act (CHA, 2009). Where such investment proposals, plans and programmes concern areas with immovable cultural assets, the EC and EIA documentation must include information about their impact on the cultural heritage, including architectural and archaeological heritage, sites of historical, cultural or archaeological value.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Policy integration – when proceeding with investment proposals, plans and programmes that concern areas with immovable cultural assets, the EC and EIA documentation must include information on their impact on cultural heritage, including architectural and archaeological heritage, sites of historical, cultural or archaeological value.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

National Development Programme: Bulgaria 2020 (NDP BG 2020) Vision, objectives and priorities of the National Development Programme BULGARIA 2030 (to be adopted).

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works
Ministry of Youth and Sports
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Ministry of Education and Science
Municipalities
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The National Development Programme: Bulgaria 2020 (NDP BG 2020) is the leading strategic and programme document that specifies the objectives of the country's development policies up to 2020. The listed objectives of government policies will ensure accelerated economic growth and raising the standard of living of Bulgarian citizens in the medium and long term. The National Development Programme is a long-term framework document which, based on analysis of the situation in the country and of development trends, defines the overall strategic objectives of national policies up to 2020 for all sectors of national government. The main vision of the programme is that by 2020, Bulgaria must be a country with a competitive economy that provides conditions for fulfilling social, creative and professional realisation of the individual through intelligent, sustainable, inclusive and territorially balanced economic growth. Culture is increasingly seen as an important resource for achieving these objectives. Culture and cultural heritage are seen as a leading resource/development potential in 2 out of 8 strategic priorities: “Priority 1. Improving the accessibility and increasing the quality of education and training and the qualitative characteristics of the workforce” and “Priority 3. Achieving sustainable and integrated regional development and harnessing local potential.” Improving creativity and innovations focused on personal development is one of the impact areas for sub-priority 1.1 Ensuring accessible and high quality personal development education by modernising the education system and adapting it to labour market needs. Culture as a driving force for sustainable growth is included in sub-priority 1.5 Development of culture and arts, cultural and creative industries, expanding access to art and enhancing the population’s culture. The sub-priority aims to broaden people's cultural horizons, unleash creative potential, facilitate active participation in cultural public life, ensure accessibility and equal opportunities for cultural products perusal for all ages and social groups from the general public, and to support the shaping of human capital and the socialisation of the individual. This sub-priority assigns a key place to the artist as a leading figure in the nation's growth, as a driver for innovative processes and an expresser of intelligent social growth, as a carrier of spiritual memory and the fundamental achievements of Bulgarian culture. The objectives of sub-priority 2.2 - Ensuring sustainable, high quality and accessible cross-sector services aiming to prevent social exclusion include, inter alia, providing access to culture and sport for people from vulnerable groups and disabled people by removing architectural barriers to sports sites and facilities, utilising their access to cultural institutions through edifice renovation and reconstruction, developing measures to enable individuals from vulnerable groups to participate in sports and cultural events, etc. The objectives of sub-priority 3.2 include cultural heritage socialisation in the context of integrated urban development, cultural infrastructure development, improvement of urban leisure alternatives by developing and improving the access to cultural services and sports opportunities in the regions, improvement of state and municipal cultural infrastructure – constructing and renewing infrastructure for dissemination and access to cultural and natural heritage in cities and urban areas. Sub-priority 3.4 Supporting effective and sustainable response to regional tourism potential, and developing cultural and creative industries in the regions stimulates various forms of tourism and supports the marketing development of tourist regions and the creating of regional tourism products. Its areas of impact include facilitating regional development of cultural and creative industries, modernising the educational infrastructure of the 23 art and culture schools to support the development of local cultural potential, etc. Regarding the vision, objectives and priorities of the National Development Programme BULGARIA 2030, the main objective of Priority 13 – Culture, Heritage and Tourism shall be to develop and preserve cultural wealth and to harness its potential as a social cohesion tool, to stimulate creative and innovative thought, as well as to generate economic profits. This priority will make a significant contribution towards achieving certain aspects of Goal 8 “Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent working conditions for all”, Goal 11 “Making cities and settlements inclusive, safe, adaptable and sustainable places of residence” and Goal 12 “Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns” of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
By implementing the programme, living standards are expected to rise through competitive education and training; creating conditions for quality employment and social inclusion and ensuring accessible and quality education; building infrastructure networks providing optimal conditions for economic development and a quality and healthy environment for the population; increasing the economy’s competitiveness by providing a favourable business environment, promoting investment, implementing innovative solutions, and increasing resource efficiency. Implementing the programme objectives will create favourable conditions for more equal access to culture and intercultural dialogue stimulation.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

State budget

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
ministries, municipalities
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Innovative Strategy for Smart Specialisation 2014-2020

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Economy
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The strategy identifies four main thematic areas for development which direct the efforts to develop the innovation potential of Bulgaria during the period: mechatronics and clean technologies, ICT, biotechnology, nanotechnology, creative industries, pharmacy, and the food industry. The Innovative Strategy for Smart Specialisation is the basis for implementing Operational Programme “Innovation and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 (OPIC). OPIC provides opportunities to accelerate the transition to a knowledge-based economy by encouraging investments in potential thematic areas for intensive innovation development and innovative horizontal policies in accordance with the Innovative Strategy for Smart Specialisation. OPIC’s priority area 1 “Technological Development and Innovation”, identifies an emphasis on interventions based on the Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization, which entails support for projects within the specific thematic areas of the strategy, and these include creative industries. Under OPIC’s priority axis 2 “Entrepreneurship and Expansion Capacity of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises” there is investment priority 2.1 “Access to Entrepreneurship Support Funding” which fosters entrepreneurship in certain specific areas related to European and regional challenges, including creative and cultural industries. Investment priority 2.2 “Expansion Capacity of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises” under priority axis 2 takes a sectoral approach targeting low, medium and high-tech sectors and sectors with extensive knowledge and services (including film and TV production, sound recording, information services, publishing, research and development, printing and recorded media, etc.) for the creative and cultural industries. The main focus of the programme is on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The results from implementing OPIC are expected to be over 9,000 enterprises supported through grants and financial instruments, more than EUR 1 billion of mobilised private investments, increased share of innovative enterprises, increased productivity of SMEs, and contribution to reducing the economy’s energy intensity.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The total budget of OPIC 2014-2020 amounts to EUR 1.39 billion, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounting to nearly EUR 1.18 billion (85% of the budget) and national co-financing amounting to EUR 209 million (15% of the budget).

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Policy for Including Disabled People in Social Cultural Life as Creators of Cultural Assets or Cultural Produce Users

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
When implementing the 2016-2020 National Disability Strategy the Ministry of Culture is pursuing a consistent policy for the inclusion of disabled people in social cultural life as creators of cultural assets or cultural product users. Accessible architectural and intellectual environment in the field of culture is being provided, conditions are created for integrated education of children with special educational needs in arts and culture schools, organisations of disabled persons are receiving support for creative projects, and the implementation of the Concept for Changes in the Regulations for Implementing Art. 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities commenced in 2015. The efforts of the Ministry of Culture focus on different laws and regulations for their implementation, for the introduction of effective mechanisms and practices to ensure equal opportunities for disabled people.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Accessible architectural and intellectual environment in the field of culture is being provided, conditions are created for integrated education of children with special educational needs in arts and culture schools, organisations of disabled persons are receiving support for creative projects.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

International Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Your country has contributed to or benefited from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) during the last 4 years: 
YES, my country has contributed to the IFCD
YES, a public body or a non-governmental organization in my country has benefited from the IFCD
Development cooperation strategies, including South-South cooperation strategies, recognize the strategic role of creativity and diverse cultural expressions: 
YES
If YES, please provide the name(s) of the strategy and year(s) of adoption: 
-
Your country manages multi- and/or bilateral technical assistance and capacity building cooperation programmes supporting: 
Cultural policy development and implementation in developing countries
Medium, small or micro-enterprise development of creative industries and markets in developing countries
Artists and cultural professionals in developing countries
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Medium-term Programme for Development Support and Humanitarian Aid for the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2016-2020 period; Bulgaria-UNESCO Trust Fund

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Collaboration for development and humanitarian aid are integral parts of the Republic of Bulgaria’s foreign policy and contribute to achieving its objectives. Official Development Assistance (ODA) is an important means of promoting sustainable growth in developing countries, supporting their integration into the global economy and building fairer and more democratic societies. This humanitarian aid is intended to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity during and as a result of crises, as well as to prevent such situations, and enhance preparedness for their occurrence. By joining the EU, Bulgaria has committed to assisting the less developed countries identified as recipients of such assistance. Under the agreements reached within the EU, Member States that have joined since 2002 shall aim to allocate as much as 0.33% of their Gross National Income (GNI) for ODA. In the context of the overall ODA commitment and fully respecting individual priorities of the Member States, the EU has committed to supporting the least developed countries, collectively allocating from 0.15% to 0.2% of its GNI. The objectives and areas of development aid set forth in the Medium-Term Programme focus primarily on sharing practical experience with the countries the Western Balkan and the Eastern Partnership. Bulgaria aims to transfer its experience of establishing working representative institutions and its EU accession process, including in the field of culture. The thematic and sectoral directions for development aid are tailored to the partners’ needs, plus the available experience, expertise and resources from the Bulgarian side, as well as previous development policy cooperation. Good governance and respect for human rights in the partner country shall also be taken into consideration. The Bulgaria-UNESCO Trust Fund supports projects in the cultural field mostly in Africa (electronic education platform, intangible and tangible cultural heritage, access to education and culture of women and girls), as well as in the Western Balkans (tangible cultural heritage). Protecting cultural diversity is one of the thematic priorities of Bulgarian development policy. Bulgaria aims to develop the administrative capacity of the cultural sector in partner countries, including opportunities for participating in international cultural cooperation, developing local cultural potential, and using culture and cultural heritage as a strategic resource for sustainable development.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Developing the administrative capacity of the cultural sector in partner countries, including opportunities for participating in international cultural cooperation, developing local cultural potential, and using culture and cultural heritage as a strategic resource for sustainable development.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

According to the estimated budget indicators, development assistance shall be provided under the "Protection of Cultural Diversity" thematic priority, as follows: 2016 - 28,848 USD; 2017 - 34,616 USD; 2018 - 40,385 USD; 2019 - 40,385 USD.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Support for Cultural Diversity Preservation and Intercultural Dialogue

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Supporting cultural diversity preservation and intercultural dialogue is an essential element of international cultural relations and an asset for the countries involved during this globalisation age. Cultural diversity is a factor for sustainable development. International cooperation is carried out in line with the policy of the Bulgarian state regarding international relations, the priorities for developing Bulgarian culture and in compliance with the existing legal and legislation norms. It includes: - promoting the values of cultural diversity; - promoting Bulgarian cultural achievements overseas and foreign culture in Bulgaria; - building a positive image of Bulgaria as a stable partner in international cultural policy and international relations through consistently conducted policy of active cultural relations development based on mutually agreed contractual relations; - affirming Bulgarian presence and status of Bulgarian culture; - participation of Bulgarian artists in the art market abroad, supporting the free movement of artists, cultural values and cultural products; - exploring opportunities for promoting and disseminating Bulgarian culture abroad through participation in various international events, contests, festivals, exhibitions and other appropriate forms, as well as for international events taking place in Bulgaria; - organising international bilateral events in the country and abroad; - planning, coordinating and controlling the activities of Bulgarian Cultural Institutes abroad; - opening new cultural institutes based on bilateral international agreements; - establishing the role and mission of culture as a means of preventing and overcoming crisis situations and conflicts.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Participation in international organisations and platforms for cooperation and implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements in the fields of culture and audiovisual arts. This is a prerequisite for establishing intercultural dialogue and encouraging the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations with other countries around the world. Integration of Bulgarian culture into cultural diversity and cultural processes on a global scale; expanding the influence scope and intensity of Bulgarian and international cultural achievements by attracting new audience.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The "Promoting Bulgarian Culture Abroad" Programme for the 2016 - 2020 period - 7 074 646 USD

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

In the annual reports and policy analyses of the Ministry of Culture.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Cultural institutions, cultural organisations both domestic and abroad
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Goal 4 - Promote Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Gender Equality

Ministries, governmental agencies and/or parliamentary bodies in charge of gender equality: 
Exist and are relevant for artists and cultural professionals
Policies and measures to support the full participation of women in cultural life have been implemented during the last 4 years: 
YES
Policies and measures have been adopted to support the recognition and advancement of women as artists, cultural professionals and/or creative entrepreneurs, (e.g. ensure equal pay for equal work or equal access to funding, coaching or mentoring schemes, anti-discrimination measures, etc.): 
YES
Data is regularly collected and disseminated to monitor: 
Gender equality in the culture and media sectors
Participation of women in cultural life
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

National Strategic Documents towards Promoting Equality between Women and Men

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The policy on equality between women and men in the Republic of Bulgaria is a horizontal policy whose implementation involves a number of institutions and organisations in line with their expertise. The country follows a consistent policy on equality between women and men that takes into account national specifics and commitments under international treaties to which it is a party, including as a EU member state. The legal guarantees for equality and equal treatment of women and men are incorporated in the current Bulgarian legislation – the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Labour Code, the Protection against Discrimination Act, the Equality of Women and Men Act, and a number of other special and sectoral laws. According to the provisions of the Equality between Women and Men Act adopted in 2016, the Council of Ministers (CoM) defines the state policy on equality between women and men, and also adopts a national strategy on equality between women and men and plans for its implementation. The Minister of Labour and Social Policy leads, coordinates and controls the implementation of the state policy on equality between women and men. The Minister is also the Chairman of the National Council for Equality between Women and Men operating under the Council of Ministers (National Council), which is the authority for consultations, collaboration and coordination between the central and territorial authorities of the executive authority and civil society structures. The Council consists of representatives of all ministries (including the Ministry of Culture), various state and executive agencies and other bodies established by law (Electronic Media Council, Commission for Protection against Discrimination (CPC), National Agency for Child Protection, State Agency for Refugees, National Social Security Institute, National Statistical Institute, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences); representative organisations of employers and employees at national level; the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria; and non-profit legal entities whose subject corresponds to the state policy priorities on equality between women and men. The National Council provides opinions on draft strategy documents and legislation containing provisions relating to equality between women and men prior to their submission to the CoM; it also partakes in the development of According to the provisions of the Equality between Women and Men Act, the National Strategy for Equality of Women and Men is a key programme containing the objectives for achieving equality between women and men and priority areas for achieving these objectives, etc. The National Strategy for the Equality of Women and Men suggests measures to promote the state policy in this area; and participates in the development of quantitative and qualitative indicators necessary for the monitoring system for equality between women and men. The National Strategy for Promoting Equality between Women and Men 2016-2020 identifies the following as priority areas: increasing women's participation in the labour market and their equal economic independence level; reducing the gender-biased pay and income gap; promoting equality between women and men in decision-making processes; combating gender-based violence, and protecting and supporting its victims; and changing existing gender stereotypes in society in different areas of public life. The strategy is available at the following website: https://www.mlsp.government.bg/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Strategy_Gender%20Equality_2016(2).pdf. The strategy is implemented through plans which include activities, responsible authorities, financial means, etc. In the National Action Plan for the Promotion of Equality between Women and Men for 2018 and the National Action Plan for the Promotion of Equality between Women and Men 2019-2020, the competent authority, the Ministry of Culture (MC), has stipulated the following measures in the “Changing gender stereotypes currently existing in society in different areas of public life” priority area: • Promoting talented children of both sexes in the fields of arts, science and sport through the Programme of Measures for Protection of Children with Evident Talents from State, Municipal and Private Schools; • Support for creative projects related to expression, creative development and participation in cultural life, while respecting the principle of equality between women and men - creative potential development in the field of performing arts via creative projects that respect the principle of equality between women and men and non-discrimination on grounds of gender; developing the creative potential of women and men in the field of non-professional artworks, which is implemented by supporting projects which respect the principle of gender equality; and support for projects and initiatives related to the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage and for the presentation of Bulgarian literary culture and development of libraries. The current Bulgarian legislation contains provisions prohibiting discrimination on a number of grounds, including by gender (Art. 6 of the Constitution, Art. 8, para. 3 of the Labour Code and Art. 4, para. 1 of the Protection against Discrimination Act), as well as requiring equal remuneration for equal or equivalent work (Art. 243 of the Labour Code and Art. 14, para. 1 of the Protection against Discrimination Act). The national action plans to promote equality between women and men adopted over the last four years include a number of measures in priority areas "Reducing Gender-biased Pay and Income Gap“ and "Promoting Equality between Women and Men in Decision-making". According to information supplied by the National Statistical Institute in Bulgaria the gender pay gap in economic activities “Culture, Sports and Entertainment” marks a steady decrease – from 8.4% in 2016 to 4.6% in 2018.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
o Promoting equality between women and men. o Reducing the gender pay gap in “Culture, Sports and Entertainment” economic activities. o Stimulating talented children of both sexes in the field of arts. o Annual support for creative projects related to expression, creative development and participation in cultural life, while respecting the principle of equality between women and men.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The implementation of the measures set forth in the plans shall be presented in annual reports, the preparation of which shall be coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy based on information submitted by the competent authorities. The reports are available on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in the "Policies" section, subsection "Equal opportunities"/ "Legislation", under the heading "Bulgarian legislation"https://www.mlsp.government.bg/index.php?section=POLICIESI&I=409

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Ministry of Culture, National Statistical Institute
Type of entity: 
Public Sector

Programme for Socially-oriented and Community Arts of the National Culture Fund

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
The National Culture Fund - National Culture Fund is the Bulgarian organisation at national level that supports the creation, development and spread of Bulgarian culture and art nationwide and abroad
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The programme was established in 2018. It funds projects from all fields of art and culture that address social issues and causes, or implement a creative process when working with disadvantaged communities and groups. The programme focus shall be projects which, in the short or long term, lead to improvements in the quality of life of their target groups and communities. The National Culture Fund supports projects based on their artistic value and contribution to public debate and does not pick sides on the topics in question. Projects tied with political parties and movements, or religious organisations and movements, as well as projects connected with human rights abuses, are not supported by this measure.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Developed sense of community and civic activity that can integrate art, culture and design. In 2018, a total of 49 applicants participated in the tender with projects adding up to USD 261,353, of which 13 projects received funding totalling USD 42,375. In 2019, a total of 62 applicants participated in the tender with projects adding up to USD 462,549, of which 15 projects received funding totalling USD 75,024.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Total amount for the period 2016 - 2019 - USD 117,399

Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual publishing of a report and analysis on the National Culture Fund website. This measure is evolving positively, trending towards gradual expansion.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
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Artistic Freedom

The constitution and/or national regulatory frameworks formally acknowledge: 
The right of artists to create without censorship or intimidation
The right of artists to disseminate and/or perform their artistic works
The right for all citizens to freely enjoy artistic works both in public and in private
The right for all citizens to take part in cultural life without restrictions
Independent bodies are established to receive complaints and/or monitor violations and restrictions to artistic freedom: 
YES
Initiatives to protect artists at risk or in exile have been developed or supported by public authorities during the last 4 years (e.g. providing safe houses, guidance and training, etc.): 
YES
Measures and initiatives intended to ensure transparent decision-making on government funding/ state grants and awards for artists exist (e.g. through independent committees, etc.): 
YES
Social protection measures that take the professional status of artists into account have been adopted or revised in the last 4 years (e.g. health insurance, retirement schemes, unemployment benefits, etc.): 
YES
Economic measures that take the status of artists into account have been adopted or revised in the last 4 years (e.g. collective agreements, income tax and other regulatory frameworks, etc.): 
YES
Relevant Policies and Measures: 

Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Identity of Ethnic Communities, and Disadvantaged Individuals and Groups

Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the policy/measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Education and Science
National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, etc.
Cultural domains covered by the policy/measure: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Design
Media Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
A guiding principle in the state cultural policy of the Republic of Bulgaria is to guarantee human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are expressed by information awareness, communication, and free choice of cultural expression forms. The citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms are ensured in the country's Constitution and cultural legislation. In this sense, the Ministry of Culture’s policies abide by the principles of equality and respect for all cultures; equal access to cultural heritage and to the diversity of cultural expression forms; protection of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. The Republic of Bulgaria guarantees the right of persons from ethnic communities to disseminate and transmit their traditional cultural expression forms, as well as their right to have free access to those forms (Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Culture Protection and Development Act). In this respect, linguistic diversity is especially protected as an important exchange factor (the Bulgarian Culture Protection and Development Act). The Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Act contains provisions on the role of the state, municipalities and individuals in ensuring equal access to cultural assets, which are also a form of cultural expression. This Act stipulates the right of access to cultural assets as providing physical or intellectual access to those assets without them being damaged or compromised. Culture is an important part of the National Development Programme: Bulgaria 2020, and is included among the priorities for human capital development and regional development through harnessing local potential. The national policy in this area aims to promote participation in cultural life and access to cultural works for all; especially people with special needs, as well as to create conditions for the social and cultural integration of smaller ethnic communities. The Ministry of Culture supports the activities of the various ethnic communities and cooperates with their organisations or cultural institutions operating in the field of cultural integration through its programmes listed herein: - development of professional and non-professional artwork, - cultural heritage protection, - publishing, - developing the network of theatres, museums and galleries, libraries and community centres throughout the country. The country's cultural policy places a special emphasis on enabling members of smaller ethnic communities to exercise their cultural rights. This is implemented by supporting the activities of their NGOs. Another instrument that creates favourable conditions for using cultural rights is the country's network of cultural institutes for preserving and developing the specific culture of ethnic communities. These are the various festivals, celebrations, contests, exhibitions, book presentations and their publishing, etc., supported by programmes of the Ministry of Culture. Projects aimed at involving and including people with special needs in the cultural life of their respective settlement are also being supported. Arts and culture training is also a means of expressing and promoting cultural diversity, and it facilitates the access to cultural rights. It takes place in the general education school system and in the system of national arts and culture schools, where students from smaller ethnic communities are also being educated. A programme for protecting children with evident talents has been developed, which includes special measures to support talented children, including children from ethnic communities and children with special needs. The essence of the programme is to provide scholarships to students from public and municipal schools in the fields of culture, education and sport in order to encourage their development. Community centres are the most widespread cultural institutions in the country that receive state support. These cultural habitats, spread throughout the country, often in remote locations and settlements with small a population, play an important role in preserving the specific culture of ethnic communities.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) support the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Promoting cultural diversity and equal participation in cultural life. Facilitated access to cultural rights, especially for people and groups with special needs. Projects supported by the Ministry of Culture contribute to the social and cultural integration of smaller ethnic communities. Providing scholarships to talented children, including children from ethnic communities and disabled children.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Regular reports of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Positive assessment for the policy.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner: 
Cultural institutes in the country, community centres, CSOs
Type of entity: 
Civil Society Organization (CSO)

Measures and Initiatives reported by Civil Society Organizations

Describe how the CSO form has been used to promote collaboration with CSOs in the preparation of this report, including the distribution of the form and the modalities of collection and analysis of the information received. Please indicate the percentage of measures and initiatives received that have been considered as relevant by the Party and included in the QPR.: 
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GOAL 1 - Support sustainable systems of governance for culture: 

MOVIE BLOCK

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Association AC - Laboratory for Cultural Initiatives
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Movie Block started in 2015 as an independent project to promote contemporary Bulgarian cinema to the widest possible audience, aiming at decentralising cultural life and moving it to suburban areas. The main aspiration of the Movie Block team is an open access to culture for all Sofia residents, as well as revival of the urban cultural environment. The programme unfolds in three main panels - Animation Movie Block, Documentary Movie Block and Feature Film Block – with open-air screening between residential buildings in remote neighbourhoods. Movie Block operates in partnership with various national and municipal institutions in the field of culture and in particular cinema (Culture Directorate of Sofia Municipality, Bulgarian National Film Archive, National Film Centre), as well as with various national institutions and NGOs in the field of urban planning (Vision for Sofia, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy), and with private partners (IKEA Bulgaria and Kaufland Bulgaria).
Does it specifically target young people?: 
YES
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
During the five editions organised up to now nearly 100 feature, documentary and animated contemporary Bulgarian films have been shown on the big screens free of charge in front of 20,000 viewers. Over 3,000 elementary school students attending various schools across the capital have become viewers of a special programme – modern Bulgarian animation for children. The project enables a close audience encounter with the new Bulgarian films in the context of the small number of cinemas and the sketchy presence of domestically produced films in the multiplexes’ programme. Movie Block manages to cover mostly more remote metropolitan areas where, until twenty years ago, there were neighbourhood cinemas and whose territories today, for the most part, are devoid of specialised cultural spaces attractive enough for an audience. The main goal of the project is to create a new film audience that is familiar with Bulgarian films. An audience that, in the foreseeable future, will feel a need to visit cinemas because of a conscious cultural necessity. For the 2016-2019 period, the budget of the Movie Block amounts to USD 28,632.

Union of Bulgarian Actors

Name of CSO(s) responsible for the implementation of the measure/initiative: 
Union of Bulgarian Actors
Cultural domains covered by the measure/initiative: 
Performing Arts
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
The Union of Bulgarian Actors actively and consistently contributes to the preservation, development and promotion of all known forms of cultural expression in the field of theatre, dance, circus, variety shows, music, stage design, performance, as well as all new, experimental styles and models in the field of performing arts.
Does it specifically target young people?: 
NO
Does this measure/initiative receive or has it received International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) funding?: 
NO
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
For the last 15 years since the adoption of the 2005 Convention, some of the most significant achievements of the Union of Bulgarian Artists are: The Health Fund (since 2007) for supporting members of the Union in life-saving and life-support operations and procedures, as well as for the purchase of medicine not funded through clinical pathways, has helped more than 194 people; Social Fund (since 2014) to support retired colleagues living below the poverty line. The Social Fund is an incentive to encourage all age groups to become involved in the development of cultural expression forms; Scholarship Fund (since 2014), which supports the training of under and post-graduate students in the arts schools from theatre majors, with criteria for excellent exam results and social necessity. So far, 50 students have been supported. This campaign contributes to the free creative expression of students and encourages their cultural development in the field of theatre. The Union of Bulgarian Musical and Dance Artists also contributes to the development of the performing arts by supporting all artists and active participants in the field of music and dance. Organises annual awards for achievements in music and dance art.
GOAL 2 - Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals: 
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GOAL 3 - Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks: 
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GOAL 4 - Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms: 
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On the basis of the analysis of the responses provided through the CSO form, present up to ten main priorities of CSOs to implement the Convention over the next four years.: 
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Emerging Transversal Issues

Relevant Policies and Measures: 
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Challenges and Achievements

Describe the main results achieved to implement the Convention (at least one major achievement in one of the four goals): 
The Ministry of Culture recognises the integration of the culture as a horizontal priority in several documents and policies, and in the preparation of national strategies, plans and programmes in the field of demographic, social and educational policy, gender equality policies, development aid policy, etc. as an achievement in the implementation of the Convention. Culture and cultural heritage are an important resource for economic development, for the promotion of cultural and creative sectors as a source of accelerated development and new jobs, and the development of tourism. The National Development Programme: Bulgaria 2020, approved by the government, emphasises that the common goal is to strengthen identity and creativity. Various financial and institutional measures, such as the budget programmes of the Ministry of Culture, the National Culture Fund and the Executive Agency National Film Centre, also contribute to the implementation of the Convention. These ministry budget programmes are permanent, which leads to the sustainability of the implemented measures. The process of digitisation of cultural heritage is also gradually accelerating. Presenting cultural heritage online is one of the important priorities in our work.
Describe the main challenges encountered to implement the Convention and the main solutions found or envisaged to overcome them: 
The promotion of the Convention as an important international instrument has not been achieved on a sufficient level. Media, whose area of activity the Convention directly and indirectly affects, can be more actively involved in raising public awareness regarding the role and importance of this instrument. The Convention is an instrument that can also be used by organisations such as the Council of Europe, the European Union, etc., to achieve their priorities. This implies that efforts should be directed towards seeking different ways of cooperation and synergy between these organisations in the implementation of the Convention.
Describe the steps planned in the next four years to further implement the Convention and the priority areas identified for future policy action based on the conclusions of the current reporting process: 
The adoption of the National Development Programme: Bulgaria 2030 is forthcoming. According to the vision, objective and priorities of this strategic document, the main objective of Priority 13 – Culture, Heritage and Tourism – is to develop and preserve the cultural richness and exploit its potential as an instrument for social cohesion, stimulating creative and innovative thoughts, and generating economic benefits. The Priority will make a significant contribution to achieving a number of aspects of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 8 “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”, etc. There will be prerequisites for speeding up the digitisation process of not only library archives, and cultural heritage, but also of different types of other cultural content. The financial and institutional measures implemented by the Ministry of Culture – budget programmes, programmes of the National Culture Fund and the National Film Centre – will be expanded with new modules that will provide a greater range of opportunities for the implementation of the Convention.

Annexes

Please upload relevant documents (law, policy, agreement, regulation, strategy, etc.), studies and statistics in PDF format related to the implementation of the 4 goals and the 11 areas of monitoring of the Convention in your country. The documents should have been produced during the reporting period covered by this periodic report. Please provide the title and a description of the main content of the document in English or French.: 

Submission

Designated official signing the report: 
Title: 
Mr.
First name: 
Boil
Family name: 
BANOV
Organization: 
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
Position: 
Minister of Culture
Date of submission: 
2020
Electronic Signature: 
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