Policy Profile Ukraine


Ukraine is a candidate country for membership of  the European Union, as such it is not yet obliged to follow all EU directives, laws, regulations and policies.

Ukraine, the EU and Europe

As part of the accession process, Ukraine is expected to align its politics with those of the EU, including those related to heritage and culture. The European Union maintains a Delegation to Ukraine in Kiev, and the Ukrainian Government maintains a Mission to the EU in Brussels. The country also participates in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which aims to foster stability, security and prosperity in the EU’s neighbouring countries, and to strengthen relations between the region and the EU. Additionally, as a member of the Council of Europe, Ukraine upholds commitments to human rights and democratic values.

National Cultural Policy in Ukraine

At a national level, the framework for cultural policy in Ukraine is managed by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy which underwent a series of reforms in the aftermath of the 2014 Revolution. The social and political events since have played a key role in shaping Ukraine’s cultural policy which are noted for the wide participation of independent experts and non-governmental organisations. The Ministry ensures implementation of state policy, and its activities are directed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plays an active role in promoting Ukrainian culture and heritage at international level. 

State policies in the field of restoration preservation of the national memory of the Ukrainian people are implemented by the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance. This central executive body is directed and coordinated by the Minister of Culture and Information Policy, to which it can also submit proposals. The State Agency of Ukraine for Arts and Art Education works the same with regards to the field of arts and specialised art education.

Regional Policies in Ukraine

Following the 2014 Revolution, cultural policy was decentralised to the extent that local governments have a large degree of decision making with respect to cultural strategies and taking into account local and grassroots needs. Cultural institutions were transferred from district councils to the newly established territorial communities, and local government bodies are responsible for the funding of these cultural institutions.

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* = This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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