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The Government approved the draft Legal Deposit Act, which Minister of Culture Indrek Saar submitted to the Government, and handed it over to the Riigikogu, on 10 December. The draft legislation aims to update the submission, collection, and storage of publications significant to the Estonian Culture. The draft legislation takes into account future digital developments and covers publications regardless of their form and means of distribution.
On Tuesday, 8 December, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Employees' Unions' Confederation (TALO) Ago Tuuling signed the agreement of common intentions pursuant to which the minimum monthly gross wages of a cultural professional will increase to at least 830 euros from 2016.
How does the changing book market position the income of writers and translators? This is one question that both the Association of Literary (VvL) and Dutch Foundation for Literature ask. Therefore research APE will conduct a nationwide search for the writing, translation and other income infomrtaion from authors and translators.
Minister, Nathi Mthethwa said government was ready to support artists in a bid to transform the arts, culture heritage sector and therefore increase its contribution to the countrys GDP.
As the culturalindustries continue to grow, Government remains committed to their development. This assertion was made by Acting Prime Minister, Richard Sealy, in his address at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Awards Ceremony and Presentation of the Top Awards at Ilaro Court last Friday.
Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys has defended her Departments work in assisting artists as much as possible. She told the Dil the impact of the economic crisis also hit hard on the budgets in her department and reflected the burden shouldered by people throughout the country.