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Agreement on Cultural Co-operation Between the Government of Canada and the Government of Italy

E100747 - CTS 1985 No. 18

Whereas this Agreement on cultural cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Government of Italy is concluded to reinforce and strengthen the cultural ties between the people of Canada and the people of Italy, and, whereas this Agreement pertains to the cultural relations between states which seek to pursue cultural policy goals commensurate with the identity and aspirations of the people they represent; this Agreement shall be administered in full recognition of the historical and cultural evolution of the respective societies and of their respective cultural policies.

Article I

The Contracting Parties, desiring to promote amongst the citizens of their respective countries the mutual knowledge of their culture and civilization, shall cooperate in this respect.

Article II

The Contracting Parties shall encourage, insofar as possible and in accordance with their respective constitutional practices and pertinent legislation, exchanges of research workers, professors, assistants and lecturers of their respective universities and institutes for research or professional training.

Article III

The Contracting Parties shall provide, to the extent possible and in accordance with their respective constitutional practices and pertinent legislation, scholarships for students and scholars of the other Party to study, undergo training or carry out research work. They shall also encourage exchange visits by scholars or teachers to give lectures, carry out research, participate in congresses, conferences and seminars to exchange information and share experiences. To the extent possible, persons teaching or studying at artistic or vocational training establishments shall be included in these measures.

Article IV

The Contracting Parties shall endeavour, in accordance with their respective constitutional practices and pertinent legislation, to facilitate the admission of students and other persons of the academic field to educational and research institutions of all types, including such institutions in the fields of art and vocational training.

Article V

The Contracting Parties, in accordance with their respective constitutional practices and pertinent legislation, undertake to examine to what extent and under what conditions final certificates or degrees which have been obtained at universities and other educational institutions situated in the territory of the other Party, may be recognized.

Article VI

The Contracting Parties, in accordance with their respective constitutional practices and pertinent legislation, shall facilitate in their universities or other educational institutions the planning and organization of courses and programs devoted to the language, literature, art, history and other aspects of the culture of the other country.

Article VII

  1. The Contracting Parties shall encourage reciprocal visits to promote the exchange of information and experiences between representatives of the various fields of cultural life, in particular literature, music, the performing arts and the fine arts, as well as participation in congresses, festivals and international competitions held in the other country.
  2. In particular, they shall encourage measures which promote the exchange of information, opinions and experiences between professional and social groups, including the various fields of adult education, and shall encourage exchange visits by leading representatives of such groups.

Article VIII

  1. The Contracting Parties shall encourage guest performances by artists and ensembles of the other Party, and to the extent possible, the organization, particularly on a commercial basis, of tours by groups and individuals in all areas of the performing arts. They will endeavour, where possible, to include in the performances works from the other country.
  2. The Contracting Parties shall also endeavour to facilitate the exchange of art exhibitions and other exhibitions of a cultural nature.

Article IX

  1. The Contracting Parties shall encourage and facilitate participation in film festivals as well as contacts and exchanges in the fields of press, radio, television and cinematography, including co-production of films and documentaries within the terms of the Film Co-production Agreement between Canada and Italy signed at Ottawa on June 16, 1970 and which entered into force on July 6, 1974.
  2. The Contracting Parties shall encourage and facilitate exchanges in activities related to the development of audio-visual technology, computer-assisted learning and their supporting transmission systems.

Article X

  1. The Contracting Parties shall, insofar as possible and in accordance with their respective constitutional practices and pertinent legislation, encourage and facilitate the exchange and dissemination of books, publications, documents and reproductions of a learned, educational, technical, literary, historical and cultural nature between the libraries of their countries.
  2. The Contracting Parties shall encourage and facilitate, insofar as possible, the participation of publishers of both countries in the important international events held in both countries in the field of publishing.

Article XI

The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to promote the translation and dissemination of works of a scholarly, literary and artistic nature.

Article XII

The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to encourage contacts and exchanges in the fields of publishing, libraries, archives and museums.

Article XIII

The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to promote co-operation between sports organizations, youth organizations and other institutions for extra-curricular training, as well as exchanges of sportsmen, young people and experts on youth problems of the two countries.

Article XIV

The Contracting Parties shall, within the framework of their domestic legislation, encourage the activities of cultural institutions of each country located in the territory of the other, in particular the Italian Cultural Institutes in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, the Canadian Cultural Institute in Rome and the Canadian Academic Centre in Italy. Each Party shall keep the other informed of its intentions and developments in these sectors.

Article XV

The Contracting Parties shall endeavour, within the scope of their domestic legislation, to facilitate the resolution of administrative problems arising in their respective territories from the cultural activities of the other Party, in particular government financed cultural institutes.

Article XVI

  1. Representatives of the Contracting Parties shall meet periodically or, at the request of either of them, alternately in each country, at least every three years to review the progress of the exchanges carried out under this Agreement and to agree on programs for future cultural exchanges. They will inform one another to the extent possible of all projects and activities in the cultural field that each intends to develop in the other’s territory.
  2. Notwithstanding the aforementioned provisions the Contracting Parties shall review, through diplomatic channels, at the request of either of them, the application of any one or several of the programs envisaged in the present Agreement.

Article XVII

  1. The Agreement shall supersede the Exchange of Notes of February 12, 1954, except for the provisions of paragraphs 3 and 6 of the Ambassador of Canada’s note concerning the Canadian Foundation in Rome, since designated “the Canadian Cultural Institute in Rome” and the Italian Cultural Institute in Montreal, which remain in force, due account being taken also of those cultural institutions created after the date of the said Exchange of Notes, and mentioned in Article XIV of the present Agreement.
  2. Each Contracting Party shall notify the other by Diplomatic Note of the completion of the formalities required by its national law for the entry into force of the present Agreement. This Agreement shall enter into force upon the date of the last of these Notes.

Article XVIII

The present Agreement shall remain in force for a period of five years, renewable by tacit agreement unless one or the other of the Contracting Parties gives notice of termination at least six months prior to the expiry date.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Agreement.

DONE in duplicate at Ottawa, this 17th day of May 1984 in the English, French and Italian languages, each version being equally authentic.


Jean-Luc Pepin
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

Susanna Agnelli
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY