5.1.3 Allocation of public funds
The allocation of public funds for culture is primarily made under the Law on the State Budget. This Law sanctions the size and destination of subsidies from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, national cultural funding agencies (like the National Film Centre), as well as national institutions controlled by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (like the National Theatre).
The same Law sanctions the distribution of public subsidies to all local governing bodies, which in their turn, can augment these subsidies through self-earned revenues. There is a defined exclusive right of each individual local authority to provide funding for local cultural institutions.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, via its Directorates, gives project grants, including capital grants, to benefit state or private institutions of national or local relevance. These grants are not subject to public tendering laws and regulations.
The Minister is the only decision-making authority in the cultural sector and this is something many people disagree with. Critics argue that all Directorates must hire experts as project board members and that these boards must have full authority.