3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes
Within the European framework, the Serbian Ministry decided to participate actively in all the programmes relevant to the region such as MOSAIC and the Integrated Rehabilitation Project Plan; the latter conducting a survey of the architectural heritage (2003-2006), establishing the PIL (Prioritised Intervention List) and working on a feasibility study for the creation of an Institute for Conservation and Restoration. The Ministry is also implementing projects within the framework of the CARDS programme (INTERREG III).
In conjunction with the Council of Europe, the Ministry had intensively worked on a Regional programme for cultural and natural heritage in Southeast Europe till 2007, and now the new pilot project of local development (within regional scheme) is supposed to last till 2011 (2007-2011), which includes cooperation with underdeveloped municipalities such as Zagubica and Despotovac. The pilot project is linked to the revitalisation of the mining village complex Senjski rudnici. This project is conceived as an inter-sectorial development project, linking the protection of cultural heritage together with issues of sustainable economic development of the local communities, based on knowledge and cultural and ecological tourism development. A new residency centre to facilitate mobility of artists is planned under this project. It corresponds to one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Culture: development of an integrative system of heritage protection and preservation and its inclusion in programmes of regional sustainable development.
The Ministry of Culture of Serbia prepared a dossier for application for observer status in the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie; its status was accorded at the meeting of OIF in Bucharest held on 29 September 2006. In the meantime, both the University of Belgrade and the University of Arts in Belgrade became members of Agence Universitaires de la Francophonie. The Ministry commissioned a survey regarding the capacity of the cultural sector to be included in francophone programmes and projects. The results showed that only 10% of cultural institutions had language skills, readiness and openness to be involved with such projects.
The Ministry of Culture and the Office for Ethnic Minorities are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Within the cooperation agreement with the Council of Europe, three conventions have been signed in September 2007: European Landscape Convention, Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro convention) and the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage during the Central Celebration of the European Heritage Days in Belgrade. One of the most significant events was the ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the promotion and protection of cultural diversity on29 May 2009.