Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Government to Merge Culture, Education Departments

Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Government to Merge Culture, Education Departments

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Spain has appointed a new culture minister Jose Ignacio Wert.

Jose Ignacio Wert, a well known sociologist, has been appointed as the new Minister of Culture in Spain.

The new announcement came one day after Mariano Rajoy, from rightist party PP, took over as the new prime minister of Spain after winning the elections with a vast majority.

The department of culture is to be merged with education and sports, a move that has been justified for economic reasons due to the deep crisis in the country.

In his first statements, Wert has suggested that he will promote private sponsorship rather than public funds, the traditional way of financing Spanish Cinema, as well as promising to protect intellectual property.

"We will have to do more with less. There will be less culture of the subvention", Mr. Wert said to newspaper El Mundo. …

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