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Lucian Romaşcanu has been named the new Minister of Culture, announced by the Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on 28 June 2017. Romaşcanu said that a new film law will be among his priorities, telling the Romanian press agency Mediafax that he plans to set up an open debate for a new film law.
The Ministry of culture and national identity and the Ministry of youth and sports have signed a cooperation protocol, highlighting the commitment of individual institutions to support children and youth culture.
Romania’s Ministry of Culture and National Identity should have a RON 766 million (EUR 170 million) expense budget for 2017, 50% more than in the previous year, according to the state budget draft published by the Finance Ministry.
Romania’s Ministry of Culture and National Identity will have a double budget this year and will be a central element in the new Government’s strategy, said Ionut Vulpescu, the new minister of culture.
The proposals are based on the urgent need to update, clarify and increase the predictability of the legal text governing the operation of the important aspects of the cinema sector.
The Romanian Ministry of Culture, together with a group of filmmakers, has written a draft aimed at adapting the Cinema Law to European legislation. The new law would introduce minority coproductions and micro-budget productions on the list of projects eligible for funding, and would start collecting money for the Film Fund.