The Ministry of Culture, in accordance with the program of the Government of the Republic of Albania, designs, plans and develops national policies of culture, cultural heritage, promotion of religious tolerance, cultural dialogue and cultural integration in the European family and wider world. This ministry is the main institution that carries out major projects in the field of arts and culture in cooperation with many actors, as central cultural institutions, as well as cultural and artistic associations,as well as independent creators of various cultural fieldsin the country. Priorities of Ministry of Culture, according to the Government Program “Art and Culture” 2013-2017, were:
Creation of a legal and strategic framework in support of art and culture professionals.
Updating of the legal framework and its alignment with the legal framework of the European Union and UNESCO, implementing a full legislative reform for the well-functioning and administration of new beneficiary schemes of culture, namely to mention the new Copyright Law, as well as the Law on Cultural Heritage, the amendment of the Law on Book, the drafting of the new pension law for special categories of artists, etc.
Artistic education of the younger generation and their new approach to cultural institutions through dedicated calendars.
Investments in the buildings and facilities with cultural functions, construction of several theaters and cultural centers, etc.
A sustainable institutional reform, through a new managerial approach to art-culture institutions, to increase the degree of artist independence, on the basis of revenue generation from third sources, as well as improvement by 50% in management of the art sector.
The books sector within Culture area has received a special attention. Through reviewing the book's law and consultation forums with interest groups, MoC's policies in this field, compared to an earlier phase, are become reader-oriented. Priority has been given to support creators (authors / translators), though publishers have indirectly benefited from these policies.
The National Library is working in the process of digitization, as well as in a more proactive approach to readers, promoting reading habits.Other libraries are in the ongoing strengthening of their educational role, promoting reading to children and young people.
To promote Albanian literature in the European market, the participation and presentation of Albanian writers and translators, in several prestigious international book fairs was funded.
Agreements have been signed with major cultural networks, enabling the circulation of these values in the European area and beyond.
The cultural policy in Albania has to be seen in the framework of the efforts of the Albanian government towards the European integration of Albania. In this framework, the Ministry of Culture is involved in drafting the Cultural Strategy, which is related to its own policy areas such as culture and heritage. The recommendations of the Council of Europe are seen as a priority, especially in the main fields of culture: arts, literature, education and cultural heritage. The Directorate of the Intangible Cultural Heritage aims inter alia to create the necessary institutional and promotional spaces for the development of cultural expressions, enhancement of intercultural dialogue, protection of the cultural rights of minorities and marginalized groups and promotion of linguistic diversity.