COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Belgium/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

All levels and communities of government support culture: the Federal state (bi-cultural institutions), the Communities, the Regions (monuments and sites), the Provinces, the French and Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Region and the municipalities.

Every level of power is involved in financing culture: the federal State, primarily via the large institutions which it has not been possible to earmark as belonging to one or other of the Communities; the Communities themselves, who have it as one of their essential responsibilities; the Regions, via monuments and sites and the part played by culture existing within social action and in the field of socio-professional integration; the Provinces, the Committee of the French Community (Brussels-Capital Region) and the Municipalities are equally competent in cultural matters.

The French-speaking Community of Belgium gives a sizeable budgetary allowance to the Committee of the French Community, to which it delegates the exercise of some of its cultural responsibilities in Brussels. This Committee is a public administration which reports to the Brussels-Capital Region.

The RTBF (public service radio and TV) enjoys a management contract to fulfil its remit, with the corresponding funding written into the budget of the Ministry of the French-speaking Community of Belgium (+/-210,000,000 €).

No sectors of cultural policy have their management delegated to foundations or other private bodies. The cinema and audio-visual centre which enjoys an allowance is managed within the Administration of the General Audio-visual Service of the French-speaking Community of Belgium.

The French-speaking Community of Belgium has created an independent administrative authority, the Higher Audio-visual Council (CSA). This has responsibility for regulating the broadcasting sector in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. In order to be able to carry out its supervisory and advisory role on broadcasting, the Government of the French-speaking Community of Belgium enters into a financing contract with the CSA which lays down, for a 5-year period, the amount of funding to the Higher Audio-visual Council.

The Mariemont Royal Museum is a separately managed body which receives funding from the French-speaking Community of Belgium. This museum holds collections of antiques and archaeological finds. It is very actively involved in science, education and cultural dissemination.


Chapter published: 02-12-2014

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