4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities
The allocation of 1% of the state budget to the field of culture is a part of the policy statement of every government in the Czech Republic (CR) regardless of political party. But this target has never been reached and currently the expenditure figure is about 0.6% of the state budget, excluding allocations to churches, which are still part of the culture budget (see also chapter 6.2.2).
Since 2009 the economic crisis and the state budget deficit have had serious impacts on the Ministry of Culture's system of subsidies, and over the years the effects have cut even deeper. Cultural policies in the CR and other plans in the field of culture have never been fulfilled. Similar problems occur on the level of the regions and the municipalities, so less attention is paid to culture than to other fields like economics.
Support for culture in the life of the CR is a primary topic of professional discussion. Nevertheless, professionals have very little knowledge about strategic materials, including the National Cultural Policy.
The CR has a very dense network of cultural facilities and a very rich cultural heritage. The infrastructure of non-governmental organisations is very diverse as well. This represents an opportunity, but also a big commitment. Support for cultural heritage has always been a priority of all cultural policies. The National Cultural Policy is currently more open to the support of creative and cultural fields, i.e. the arts, as a part of its future national cultural heritage.