Malta/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

European Capital of Culture 2018

The Council of the EU has decided that in 2018 the European Capital of Culture will be hosted by a Maltese and a Dutch city. On 15 May 2009, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport launched an Inter Ministerial Committee responsible for the preparation for the event and headed by the Chairman of the Valletta 2018 foundation.

The purpose of the establishment of this Inter Ministerial Committee for the European Capital of Culture is to ensure that Malta's delivery of this cultural event shall be of the highest possible calibre, demonstrating excellence on a European level, and generating the greatest possible benefit for society. In this sense, the Inter Ministerial Committee also had to assist in the preparations leading to the selection and nomination of a Maltese city for this prestigious title.

In October 2012, Valletta was officially awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018. Since then the Inter Ministerial Committee has taken the coordinating role of specific tasks such as transport, accessibility and infrastructure which requires the active involvement of different Ministries.

Creative Economy Working Group

The creative economy working group, launched in 2010 was composed of experts in culture, law and the economy and was a joint initiative between the ministries responsible for Finance and Culture. The working group completed its tasks in 2014 with the restructuring of Arts Council Malta and was housed within the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry. The creative economy strategy was launched in 2013 and involved 75 inter-industry experts and interministerial representatives as part of its consultative body and expert groups.

Relevant key actions from the National Cultural Policy

  • create a public forum to debate cultural policy and other specific issues of direct public cultural concern; and
  • the government shall support the setting up of three platforms (in the form of networks for ministries, cultural organisations and civil society) for the promotion of dialogue and discussion in the cultural sector.

Chapter published: 12-08-2015


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