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Slovakia/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

Financing of culture in the Slovak Republic primarily comes from public sources. The public administration finances culture from budgets on the national level, regional level (self-governing regions) and local level (budgets of towns and villages).

At all levels, public expenditure on culture is, in principle, divided into three areas, which provide conditions for the development of culture at individual levels of public administration:

  • financial funds designated for activities provided by bodies of the state and public administration;
  • financing of cultural institutions managed by bodies of the state and public administration; and
  • contributions to cultural activities of natural persons and legal entities provided in the form of grants.

Supplementary funds and funds for development also form a part of the system of financing culture; these funds come from the various funds of the European Union (especially the Structural Funds), as well as from the private sector and the non-profit sector. The cultural statistics of the private and the non-profit sector were never compiled in such a manner that would enable an analysis of the conditions and possibilities regarding the support of development of private and non-profit investments in culture.

Table 3:     Co-operation of financial tools of the public sector for cultural development in Slovakia, 2007

Public sector

National level

Regional level

Local level

Cultural institutions

National cultural institutions

Regional cultural institutions

Local cultural institutions

Own cultural activities

The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic

Self-governing region

Towns and municipalities

Programmes  from grants and supporting mechanisms

State grant programme and support of private entities

Regional grant system for the area of culture

General grant system for culture (in selected towns and municipalities)

The priority of the government during the period of 2006 - 2010 is the gradual increase of contributions to the financing of culture and thus to create the precondition that the same share of public funds will be spent in support of culture in the Slovak Republic as is usual in member states of the European Union.

Chapter published: 15-01-2008

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