COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Slovenia/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.2 Public cultural expenditure broken down by level of government

Table 17:   Public cultural expenditure: by level of government, in EUR, 2013

Level of government

Total expenditure

% share of total

State

157 343 635

55

Local (municipal)

126 632 407

45

Total

283 976 042

100

Source:     Ministry for Culture (2011).
NB.            All public cultural expenditure on the state and local level is taken into account.

Table 18:   Share of public cultural expenditure, by level of government, 1996-2013

 

2000

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

State

61%

64%

60%

60%

55%

57%

55%

56%

51%

55%

Municipalities

39%

36%

40%

40%

45%

43%

45%

44%

49%

45%

Sources:    Ministry for Culture, Ministry for Finance.
NB.            All public cultural expenditure on the state and local level is taken into account.

Tables 17 and 18 show the growing effects of decentralisation, especially in the years following 2004 when the right wing government of Prime Minister Janša started orienting towards more equal distribution of income and responsibilities between state and local authorities. The trend shows that city municipalities were raising their budgets in comparison to the state, with the difference amounting to an almost 20% (7.5 percentage points) rise in comparison to the state’s contribution from 2004 to 2010. It has to be noted as well that Slovenia is one of the (few) countries in the European Union where the local funds constitute a smaller part of the overall public budget than the state funds.

There is another reversal of trend observed for the years 1999-2001. Up until 1999, the state co-financed the most important local cultural institutions. In 1999, and in the first half of 2000, 38 of these local public cultural institutions were co-financed by the municipalities. However in the second half of 2000, the state took over co-financing of these institutions again.


Chapter published: 11-02-2015

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