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 2010, cultural expenditure in the Flemish Community was 838 512 408 EUR for continuing education, libraries, arts, heritage monuments and sites, media (including public broadcasting) and non-professional arts education.

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.

French-speaking Community of Belgium

In 2013, the average subsidy per capita in the French-speaking Community of Belgium is 63 €; the figure for the Brussels-Capital Region is 124 €, while in the Walloon Region it stands at 45 €. 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, 2013

Territory

Population

Subsidies

Spending per capita

French-speaking Community of Belgium

    4,562,578  

   288,546,577 €

                               63 €

Brussels-Capital Region*

    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**

    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.
*      A formula for the breakdown between French and Dutch speakers of 90%-10% is applied to the population of the Brussels-Capital Region.
**     Not including the German-speaking Community.



Chapter published: 02-12-2014

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