8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels
The number of cultural associations has increased considerably in recent years. One of the reasons is the new legislation introduced in 2001 which provides greater tax benefits than before (see also chapter 5.2). According to data from the Government Office for Associations (February 2001) there were a total of 18 981 associations; 2 174 of these were in the cultural field. Ten years later, this number has more than doubled: in October 2011 the total number of associations was 44 463, while the number of cultural associations was 6 552. In November 2012, the increase in the number of associations still continues: there are 47 438 associations in the online registry, with 7 144 cultural associations listed, while less than a year later, in September 2013 the total number of associations is 49 857 and the number of cultural associations is 7 604 – Web Database Registry: http://220.127.116.11/RegistarUdruga/. It can be stipulated that this increase will continue as the Ministry of Culture has shown a strategic orientation towards NGOs in the cultural and (new) media field.