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The new law, under which at least 1 percent of the construction budget of public buildings must be allocated for the commissioning of artwork, has created confusion among some establishments.
The Ministry of Culture, currently headed by former Justice Minister Rein Lang, will give up its role administering copyright issues, which Lang said have grown too complex for the institution.
In the midst of Tallinn's year in the spotlight as the European Capital of Culture, the new Minister of Culture Rein Lang said in a talk to creative industries representatives that Estonia has too many cultural institutions.
While Tallinn city hall and the national government quibble about how much should be paid, roughly half the events for the Capital of Culture 2011 could be canceled due to a lack of funding.
Estonian theatres stated that if the State will cut its subsidies by another 15% in 2010, it will threaten the survival of smaller theatres while bigger ones might be forced to lower their professional standards.
Upon the invitation from the minister of culture Laine Jnes, minister of culture of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Avdejev is arriving in Estonia on Monday in order to sign the programme for cultural co-operation between Estonia and Russia for the years 2009-2011, writes the National Broadcasting/LETA.