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In compliance with the regulations enacted following establishment of the Autonomous Communities and regulation of their relations with the Spanish Central Administration (Organic Law 12/1983, dated 14 October, the Autonomy Process Act; Law 30/1992, dated 29 November, on the Legal Structure of the Public Administrations and Common Administrative Procedure and Law 6/1997, dated 14 April, on the Organisation and Functions of the Spanish Central Administration), the Ministry of Culture organised several meetings of the Sectorial Conference of Culture which were held in Madrid (1992), Valencia (1993) and Madrid (1994 and 1995).
In 2002 and 2003, the "Forum on Cultural Communication: Spanish Central Administration-Autonomous Communities" met to respond to the need expressed by the Autonomous Communities and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport for a framework for information exchange.
The current legislature has resumed the meetings of the Plenary of the Sectorial Conference, which is comprised of representatives from the Spanish Central Administration, the Autonomous Communities and the Cities of Ceuta and Melilla. The first meeting was held on 17 June 2004. The first objective was to approve the project for the Sectorial Conference Organisation and Operating Regulations, which was accomplished at the meeting on 4 July 2005. This ensured a functioning and continuity system for this co-operative body. Likewise, a proposal was put forward, pursuant to the Regulations, for the constitution of the Sectorial Technical Commission of Cultural Affairs as a support body for the Sectorial Conference. Both the Plenary of the Sectorial Conference and the Sectorial Technical Commission of Cultural Affairs may also constitute working groups, either permanent or temporary, when the importance or special characteristics of the topics to be covered so require.