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PLAN OF ACTION OF THE BSEC WORKING GROUP ON CULTURE
(1 January 2015 – 31 December 2016)
Republic Of Moldova
Culture For Social And Economic Development

Aware of the fact that the present Plan of Action represents a continuation of the Plan of Action that was implemented during the former Moldavian Coordination of the BSEC Working Group on Culture (2013-2014);

Taking into consideration the necessity for enhanced cooperation in the field of culture among the BSEC Member States;

Recalling the commitments undertaken by the Ministers of Culture of the BSEC Member States by adopting the Sounion Declaration in the Hellenic Republic, on 4 July 2007;

Emphasizing the importance of the priorities in the field of culture contained in the “BSEC Economic Agenda towards an Enhanced BSEC Partnership” adopted by the BSEC Council (Belgrade, 11 June 2012), and in particular, those singled out in the Plan of Action on the Implementation of the “Economic Agenda” adopted by the Council (Istanbul, 15 December 2012);

Acknowledging the fact that sharing common cultural values and cultural heritage elements represents an instrument for prosperity and harmony in the region;

Taking into account the richness of the cultural heritage and of the traditions of the BSEC Member States;

Keeping in mind the important role that the international organizations play in the BSEC Region in the field of culture and especially in what concerns the development of policies regarding regional and international cultural cooperation, especially by preserving tangible and intangible heritage as a means of dialogue and sustainable development.


1. OBJECTIVES:

The general objective of the present Plan of Action 2015-2016 is to further strengthen cultural cooperation and thus increase the impact of culture and cultural policies in the BSEC Region.

The specific objectives:

The Moldavian coordination of the BSEC Working Group on Culture sets the following goals for the activity that it will coordinate in 2015-2016.
1. Cooperation within the frame of cultural heritage.
2. Culture as a tool for regional, social and economic development and as a means of promoting mobility of artists and youth.
3. Sharing the best BSEC practices in implementing cultural policies.
4. Promotion of initiatives on youth and sports to enhance cooperation among the BSEC Member States in the field of culture.

2.  MEASURES

a. Cooperation within the frame of cultural heritage

The safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage, cultural diversity and contemporary creativity shall be stimulated and mainstreamed within all international mechanisms of cooperation focusing on BSEC Region, whereupon priority shall be given to the development of regional and cross-border projects of cultural cooperation. To this end, efforts shall be stepped up for the presentation of multinational candidature files for inscription in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, including the priority given to multinational cultural elements in the allocation of international support.

Cooperation should also include promoting the restoration of major architectural monuments which are symbols of national and regional culture and care projects of the architectural heritage on the territory of the BSEC Member States, and developing cooperation in combating illicit trafficking of cultural property belonging to the archaeological, historical, ethnographical heritage and the arts, inter alia through exchange of information to facilitate the return of lost or illegally exported cultural values within the existing legislation.

Regional and cross-border cooperation shall be encouraged for the purpose of defining transnational “cultural routes” and related tourism offers, possibly including the development of infrastructures, the publication of common editorial and communication projects for the promotion of the shared cultural heritage, including promotion of materials such as books or documentaries regarding the hospitality traditions in the BSEC Member States, the creation of transnational museum networks, as well as all other initiatives of cross-border cooperation.
Activities organized in cooperation with the civil society shall include events and initiatives aimed to popularize culture (for example, the organization of cultural heritage days and the establishment of cultural awards, school competitions and art camps). In the spirit of this Plan of Action, the development of similar activities over a cross-border and international dimension is encouraged.

The due implementation of the ongoing projects on culture and tourists routes and the thorough elaboration of the future project proposals, in particular, on a collection of the XX century works of the classic literature writers from the BSEC Member States and hospitality traditions in the BSEC Member States, will allow the Working Group to report by the 25th anniversary of the BSEC (2017) on tangible achievement in cultural cooperation in the BSEC Region.

b. Culture as a tool for regional, social and economic development and as a means of promoting mobility of artists and youth

The cultural and creative sectors contribute substantially to regional, social and economic development in the BSEC Region. It is important to continue to explore and promote the role of culture in supporting and fostering creativity and innovation in the region.

An essential aspect of the cooperation is to increase contacts and develop creative partnerships between the cultural sector and other sectors such as business and industry, research and education.

For instance the film industry and cultural tourism represent great potential in the cultural sector. In the constantly growing tourism industry, culture is an increasingly important attraction factor for tourists seeking authenticity and experiences.

It is important to foster the contribution of culture to sustainable tourism, as a key factor for local and regional attractiveness and economic development, as well as a driver for highlighting the importance of cultural heritage in the BSEC Region.

The BSEC Member States will stimulate projects and programs developed at the local level jointly, by social development and cultural non-governmental organizations, in collaboration with local authorities; especially those projects and programs that integrate cultural services in social and economic development programs. There are several examples of this type of collaboration. Disseminating information on successful models would help promote this approach.

People-to-people contacts are an important part in developing cooperation in the BSEC Region. Education, culture and youth, are some of its key components.

The BSEC Member States will create more opportunities for people to come together in joint activities to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among the BSEC Member States in the field of culture.

Cultural activities create new initiatives and networks, as well as lead to cooperation in other areas. As a common start project could serve Moldova’s initiative entitled: “Youth engagement in community building through the understanding, development and preservation of the cultural heritage of the BSEC Region”. This project has the goal to strengthen the role in raising awareness of the value (social, economic, educational, cultural) of the cultural heritage in society building and community development.

Mobility of artists and youth culture professionals in the BSEC Region is crucial to enhance cultural and linguistic diversity and intercultural dialogue. This deserves to be actively promoted by the Member States. Promoting cultural entrepreneurship among young people and encouraging them to elaborate projects of mutual interest, take part in cultural and sports activities will further strengthen regional cooperation in this field.

The BSEC Member States are encouraged to work in close cooperation for exchanging information, inter alia, through the establishment of an on-line platform of communication, aiming at networking and mobility among the artists and culture professionals.

Given the fact that at the last meeting from Chisinau, the BSEC PERMIS addressed to the BSEC Members in order to include future institutional cooperation on youth and sports issues within BSEC, it is necessary to develop programs of mobility for students, young sportsmen etc, and to invite the regional Ministries of Youth and Sports to join several BSEC meetings, hence to develop common action plans about exchanges of young artists, sportsmen, social activists etc.

c. Sharing the best BSEC  practices in implementing cultural policies

Cultural policies represent the starting point in revitalizing the creative sector and in determining the major changes that take place in culture and arts. The BSEC Member States are encouraged to promote the access to diversity of cultures in the BSEC Region, inter alia, along with the general principles of UNESCO.

A network of ministerial communication would strengthen the policies in protecting the cultural heritage, in fostering the mobility of youth and artists, in studying the best practices and in having joint projects as those mentioned above.

Joint actions within the cultural sector will result in the development of human resources, in the transfer of know-how, in the emergence of common projects and promotion the exchange of experience. Raising the public awareness towards protecting and promoting cultural heritage and human values could also be fastened by such a platform of communication.

Promoting the interaction between policies and programs in the field of art, cultural heritage and education will foster the access to culture. Moreover, sharing the best BSEC practices in implementing cultural policies will better the fight against illegal trafficking of cultural objects and will ease the cooperation with civil society in accordance with national legislations.

3.  PRIORITIES FOR PDF FUNDING

The priorities to be funded from the PDF will continue to be those mentioned in the previous Action Plan of the BSEC Working Group on Culture:

- Cultural routes;
- Intangible heritage;
- Cultural and creative industries.

4. MEETINGS OF THE WORKING GROUP

• Meeting (Istanbul, 21 April 2015), Adoption of the Plan of Action.
• Meeting (Istanbul, November 2015 (TBD), Consideration of the main issues of the agenda) back-to-back with the Joint Meeting of the Working Groups on Culture and on the Cooperation in Tourism (Progress achieved within the framework of implementation of the cultural routes projects).
• Meeting (Istanbul, Spring 2016 (TBD), Consideration of the main issues of the agenda).
• Meeting (Chisinau, November 2016 (TBD), Consideration of the evaluation report of the Country-Coordinator).

5. MINISTERIAL MEETINGS

• Meeting of Ministers in charge of Culture, 2016 (TBD)

6. OTHER ACTIVITES

Regional Conference on “Cultural Heritage and Information Technologies”, Chisinau, October, 2015
“International Festival of Theatre and Film Schools – Class Fest”, Chisinau, 2016

7. COOPERATION WITH OTHER BSEC BODIES

a) Working Groups

Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies and Working Group on Cooperation in Tourism
• Regional Conference “Cultural Heritage and Information Technologies”, Chisinau, October, 2015
• Joint Meeting of the Working Groups on Culture and on the Cooperation in Tourism (to continue discussion on joint projects on cultural routes), Istanbul, November, 2015 (TBD)

b) PABSEC
• Committee on Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs

8. COOPERATION WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Enhancing cooperation with UNESCO, UNDP, UN Alliance of Civilizations, Council of Europe, European Commission and others.

9. IMPLEMENTATION
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, a further coordination shall be encouraged so as to ensure the coherence of all follow-up actions by the Member States to the implementation of the present Plan of Action.
In this endeavor the close cooperation among the Chairman-in-Office, Country-Coordinator of the Working Group and the BSEC PERMIS is encouraged.

 

  Annex I

 LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES/NATIONAL CONTACT POINTS

 Mr. Orest Dabija,
Head of the International Cooperation Department
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova,
1, Piata Marii Adunari Nationale
Chisinau, MD - 2033
Tel: +373 22 27 84 97
Mob: +373 67 441 714
Fax: +373 22 23 23 88
E-mail: orest.dabija@mc.gov.md

Mr. Sergiu Botolin,
Senior Adviser
International Cooperation Department
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova,
1, Piata Marii Adunari Nationale
Chsinau, MD - 2033
Tel: +373 22 23 22 04
Mob: +373 69 327 280
Fax: +373 22 23 23 88
E-mail: sergiu.botolin@mc.gov.md

Mr. Vasile Botan,
Adviser
International Cooperation Department
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova,
1, Piata Marii Adunari Nationale
Chsinau, MD - 2033
Mob: +373 78 168 510
Fax: +373 22 23 23 88
E-mail: vasile.botan@mc.gov.md