5.1.3 Allocation of public funds
The Law on Financing Public Needs in Culture (1990 amended in 1993 and 2009) classifies public needs which can be financed in three ways: from the budget, from public funds, and through public enterprises. The Law on the Areas of Counties, Towns and Municipalities in the Republic of Croatia (2006, amended in 2007, 2008, and 2010) establishes the administrative structure of the Republic of Croatia for the purposes of classifying those activities to be financed from the different budgets at particular levels. The 2009 changes relate to the introduction of online applications.
General laws regulating the financing of culture include the Law on Financing Public Needs in Culture (1990 amended in 1993 and 2009) and subsequently adopted Rules for Determining Cultural Projects Reflecting Public Needs and the Law on Cultural Councils (2001, amended in 2004 and 2009). The amendments relate to shift of responsibilities for the establishment and functioning of Culture Councils from city government to Mayor Offices or equivalent.
Cultural councils are consultative bodies and the minister has the discretion to accept or reject their proposals and make the final decision.
With regard to the compulsory public tendering, cultural institutions have to follow the general rules about public procurement.