Two reforms and four investments to support…

Energy efficiency in historic monumental buildings, access to culture in 50 rural and small urban areas, and a pilot program for 40 film producers and distributors are reforms and investments to be made in the cultural sector through the National Resilience and Recovery Plan (PNRR) with a total budget of 33 million euros announced Ministry of Culture.


The Ministry of Culture announces the start of implementation activities for the two reforms and four investments to be coordinated under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

“PNRR funding will facilitate the implementation of unique initiatives for the cultural sector in Romania. In short, this means a pilot intervention methodology and procedures with regard to energy efficiency in historic monumental buildings, two pilot programs aimed at facilitating access to culture in 50 local sites of small rural and urban areas where there is a deficit Big on cultural performances, as well as a one-of-a-kind public funding platform that will replace cumbersome filing and endless paperwork with an electronic system that will ensure that the entire process of submitting, evaluating, contracting and monitoring cultural projects is done exclusively online. During which it will support at least 40 film producers and distributors to become competitive in the national and international film markets. Last but not least, the status of the Romanian artist will be created, a long-awaited legislative framework that will establish protection measures for professionals in the field of cultural and creative sectors”, stated the Minister of Culture , Lucien Romano.

Under Pillar One, Green Transition, Component C5 – Wave of Renewal of the PNRR, the Ministry of Culture, as coordinator of reforms and investments, is implementing the following:

R1.b Improvement of the legislative and normative framework to support the implementation of investments in the transition to green and resilient buildings (Allocated budget: €150,000), a sub-reform that includes the development of an intervention methodology for a non-invasive approach to energy efficiency in buildings of historical and architectural value. Responsible: Ministry of Culture

Calendar: Q4 2022: Development and implementation of an intervention methodology for a non-invasive approach to energy efficiency in buildings of historical and architectural value.

I4. Circular economy and increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings (allocated budget: 14.85 million euros), investment aimed at: development and testing of new materials and technological solutions for historic buildings; To develop professional skills in order to intervene in historical buildings; To establish a pilot center for collecting and reusing historical building materials from legal demolitions and, last but not least, to ensure periodic maintenance of historic buildings.

Responsible: The Ministry of Culture through the National Heritage Institute

Evaluation:

Q4 2024: Operation of a laboratory for the experimental analysis of materials and technological solutions for historic buildings;
Q4 2024: An experimental center operating within the National Heritage Institute to collect and reuse historical building materials;
Fourth Quarter 2025: At least 200 professionals are certified to complete training courses on interventions related to historic buildings and their energy efficiency.
Within Pillar 4 – Social and Regional Cohesion, Component 11 – Tourism and Culture in the PNRR, the Ministry of Culture coordinates and implements:

R3. Reform of the funding system for the cultural sector (allocated budget: €1 million), reform through which the following will be modernized/created:

Legislative Framework Relating to Non-Repayable Financing in Culture (Government Order 51/1998);
Funding in the audiovisual field according to community guidelines;
Cultural Workers Status Act.
Responsible: The Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit

Evaluation:

Q3 2022: the entry into force of the Cultural Sector Financing System Law;
Q1 2023: The entry into force of the Law on the Status of Workers in the Cultural Sector.

I5. Increasing access to culture in culturally disadvantaged areas (allocated budget: 7.79 million euros), investment that develops:

a single funding programme, to be implemented for a period of two years, in a system of equivalent funds and in partnership with local authorities, for annual or multi-year cultural programs, implemented at the local level, in areas with a population of less than 50,000 people;
1 – A pilot program for financing education projects through culture. The beneficiaries of the financing are educational units from communities with a population of less than 50,000 people.
Responsible body: the Ministry of Culture through the administration of the National Fund for Culture (AFCN)

Evaluation:

Q1 2023: Signing of financing contracts.
Q2 2024: At least 50 small towns with easy access to culture.

I 6. Development of a digital system for cultural financing operations (allocated budget: 3.75 million euros), an investment that will facilitate access to funding for national cultural operators through simplified and digital financing applications, project evaluation, contracting, monitoring and evaluation, funding disbursement, ex post evaluation.

Responsible Body: The Ministry of Culture through: Project Management Unit. Administration of the National Fund for Culture; National Center of Cinematography.

Calendar: Q3 2023: Activation of the digital system.

I7. Accelerating the digitization of film production and distribution (allocated budget: €5.46 million), investment aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of film production and distribution companies, and supporting the growth of production, distribution, marketing and digital promotion capabilities, including digital archiving technologies. Funding is granted in the form of non-refundable financial support of up to €100,000/project.

Responsible: The Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit

Evaluation:

Q3 2023: Signing of financing contracts.
Q1 2025: 40 film producers and distributors with advanced digital capabilities.

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