MACEDONIA: Seminar on Use of Funds from EC's Culture Programme 2007-2013
08.03.2010 Business | Macedonia | Politics
"How to Create EU-Funded Projects that Support Inter-Cultural Cooperation in Europe" is the topic of a one-day seminar, which was held Wednesday in Skopje in organisation of the Secretariat for European Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and NORMARK project - financed by the Kingdom of Norway.
The seminar is dedicated to the Culture programme (2007-2013), which is funded by the European Commission with a budget of Euro 400 million in a bid to promote cultural diversity in Europe and common cultural heritage by enhancing trans-national cooperation amongst cultural operators from participating countries.
Culture in Macedonia is one of the most vital platforms for cooperation within the EU integration process. The implementation of the EU's Culture programme for 2007-2013, for which the Culture Ministry's Cultural-Contact Point is in charge, is one of Government's priorities, stated Deputy Culture Minister Dragan Nedeljkovic.
Norwegian Ambassador to Skopje Kjetil Paulsen said the Kingdom of Norway was supporting Macedonia's EU integration and reforms. Although Norway is not a member of the EU, the country closely cooperates with the Union in every sphere, including culture, and has plenty of experience to share with Macedonia.
The seminar should allow exchange of information and experience between Norwegian and Macedonian cultural operators regarding the process of applying, approving and using funds from the Culture programme.