Over the years, the Ministry of Culture has developed a network of Advisory Councils that represent different cultural sectors. The goal of this initiative is to ensure closer collaboration with the civil society and the NGOs in the policy-making process and to strengthen self-regulation mechanisms of the cultural policy.
Depending on the represented sector, Councils may have several different mandates:
1. to provide expert opinion and proposals on cultural strategy;
2. to evaluate cultural programmes and provide recommendations on their financing;
3. to make proposals regarding updates to the existing legislation or drafting new ones for different cultural sectors;
4. to evaluate the proposed nominees for cultural awards and prizes;
5. to analyse activities of state funded cultural organisations.
Recommendations on the principles for establishing Advisory Councils and their mandates were approved in 2018. They also provide that each Council representing a different cultural sector delegates one member to the new Lithuanian Council for Culture and Art, whose goal is to analyse culture and art processes and discuss various questions on cultural policy. This Council also includes representatives from external organisations - Youth Council, Council for People with Disabilities, Council for Non-governmental Organisations and Association for Culture Self-governance.
There are currently 18 Councils under the Ministry of Culture that represent different cultural fields (media, architecture, design, literature, museums, archives, cultural education, performing arts, etc.) and provide expert opinion on specific questions.
Each Council consists of experts from the specific field - representatives of organisations, public or educational institutions, the NGOs, etc. Councils analyse issues related to the specific cultural sector and contribute to the formation of cultural policy directions.
Members of the Councils are remunerated for their participation in the meetings from the budget of the Ministry of Culture. The remuneration amount depends on the number of meetings attended each year.