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Greece/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

Only 0.37% of the public budget of the Greek state (ordinary budget plus public investment budget) is allocated to culture through the Ministry of Culture (472.23 million EUR for 2011); this constitutes a drastic reduction from years preceding the current fiscal crisis. Earlier funding to culture from the lottery scheme operated by the state-owned Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics SA (the Greek state lottery) is also currently channelled to support the state budget in general. In addition, since 2008, the multi-annual EU Community Support Framework no longer includes a separate Operational Programme for culture, as it did for the period 2000-2008.

The aforementioned amount does not include spending on cultural activities channelled through the budget of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Education and Religious Affairs, regional and local government, such as support for national, special and public libraries and historical archives (an additional 13.77 million EUR for 2011). It does not include, either, funds allocated to culture by regional and local government, or through regional Operational Programmes of the Community Support Framework.

Chapter published: 14-08-2015

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