COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Belgium/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

According to a study made by the French Community, total cultural expenditure per capita in Belgium in 1999 was 245 EUR including expenditure by the Flemish and French Community for non-professional arts education (or 223 EUR excluding this item). This amount includes inter-governmental transfers.

Flemish Community

In 2017, cultural expenditure in the Flemish Community was 829 674 000 EUR for Culture, Youth and Media.

The share of the budget allocated to culture was 4.14% in 1995, 4.27% in 2000, 4.99% in 2005 and 2.88% in 2010. (Source: VRIND)

French-speaking Community of Belgium

In 2013, the average subsidy per capita in the French-speaking Community of Belgium is 63 EUR; the figure for the Brussels-Capital Region is 124 EUR, while in the Walloon Region it stands at 45 EUR. These are subsidies only from the General Culture Administration. Other subsidies are paid by the audio-visual sector, within the French-speaking Community of Belgium, and by other levels of power (federal, local, etc.).

The subsidies are noticeably larger in the Brussels-Capital Region than in the Provinces of Wallonia. This is because the operators’ federations, which are active across the French-speaking Community of Belgium, are concentrated in Brussels.

Table 1:    Average subsidy per capita, in EUR, 2013

Territory

Population

Subsidies

Spending per capita

French-speaking Community of Belgium

4 562 578

288 546 577

63

Brussels-Capital Region[1]

1 057 162

131 603 505

124

Walloon Region

3 505 416

156,943 072

45

Province of Brabant wallon

389 479

13,159 834

34

Province of Hainaut

1 332 489

54 603 458

41

Province of Liège[2]

1 019 101

58 823 466

58

Province of Luxembourg

278 278

7 851 892

28

Province of Namur

486 069

 22 504 423

46

Source:    Focus Culture, FWB, 2013



[1] A formula for the breakdown between French and Dutch speakers of 90%-10% is applied to the population of the Brussels-Capital Region.

[2] Not including the German-speaking Community.


Chapter published: 16-01-2018

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