Table 3: Public cultural expenditure: by level of government, in ALL, 2007
|Central / state level||Expenditure||% share of total|
|Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports||2 651 000 000||100%|
|Staff (salaries, social security)||725 000 000|
|Operating expenses (including project financing)||539 000 000|
|Investments||1 387 000 000|
|Investment from the state to the municipalities||–||0%|
|Total||2 651 000 000||100%|
Source: Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, 2007.
There are three levels of government in Albania: central (the government), regional (district councils) and local (city and town councils, otherwise known as municipalities). Considering their legal authority and financial means, district councils (12 in total) are the weakest and the poorest of all three to the extent that most citizens are not aware of their existence. Given the lack of information from second and third level authorities, it is quite impossible to compile a figure on public cultural expenditure. Only a handful of city councils publish their budgets and, believe it or not, Tirana, the capital and biggest city, with at least one fifth of the population, is not one of them.