6.1 Short overview
Public expenditure for culture (excluding media) almost tripled since the 1980s, from euro 1 168 million in 1985 to euro 2 981 million in 2006. From 1999 to 2006 (the most recent data available) this expenditure rose by 57%. Public spending for arts increased by 52% (from euro 919 million to euro 1 399 million), for cultural heritage by 79% (from euro 550 million to euro 985 millions) and for public libraries by 41% (from euro 423 million to euro 597 million).
The expenditure for culture and media by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science dropped from 2005 until 2007, from euro 1 738 million to euro 1 652; mainly due to cuts in media budget. As the present cabinet decided to increase the funding of the media (especially public broadcasting) this expenditure is growing again to euro 1 716 million in 2008.