Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism
The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) was set up in 1974 as the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Environments. MiBACT oversees heritage protection throughout the state. By law, it has exclusive responsibility for heritage protection. It has initiated several unique funding strategies such as fee structures, tax incentives based on visitor behavior studies, and public-private partnerships to counteract the deteriorating culture budget and support its treasured cultural assets.
Since 2000, MiBACT has been entrusted with the full range of core cultural functions: heritage, museums, libraries and archives, visual arts, performing arts and cinema, cultural institutions, copyright, with the only exception being communications (radio television and the press).