The Directorate for Protection of Cultural Heritage (DPCH) was established in Skopje in 2004 as an independent governmental administrative body which is a constituent part of the Ministry of Culture. The Directorate prepares acts in the field of protection of cultural heritage adopted by the Ministry of Culture and participates in administrative and other procedures related to cultural heritage and its protection, conducted by other competent authorities. Furthermore, the Directorate coordinates the implementation of national and strategically significant projects, plans and programmes concerning the protection of cultural heritage, proposes a National Strategy for protection and use of cultural heritage as well as the National Action Plan for prevention of crimes against cultural heritage and coordinates the international cooperation regarding the protection of cultural heritage. Also, the DPCH is in charge of maintaining a central data base, special national inventories and the National register of cultural heritage, being responsible for activities related to the establishment, organisation and development of the information system for cultural heritage of the Republic of North Macedonia which includes the largest database of digitised cultural heritage in the territory of Macedonia (archaeological sites, medieval monuments, etc.).