Priorities of the current government in the Czech Republic are to bring expenditure on culture as a public service close to one percent of the state budget, to establish a direct link between revenue from tourism and expenditure on the protection and maintenance of heritage, and to make consistent use of funds from the European Union and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the restoration of monuments.
Public cultural services are primarily directed at facilitating the public’s access to the arts and cultural heritage and obtaining, working with, protecting, preserving and providing access to information that is used to meet the needs of the public with respect to culture and education in culture.
Support for the restoration of monuments has, unlike support for the traditional arts, always been a priority area of every government. Nevertheless, given that there are more than 40 000 cultural monuments in the country, even support for the restoration of monuments is still severely underfunded. Due to public budget cuts in recent years, support for the arts has often been extremely low. A current policy priority is thus to halt the slump in funding for the performing arts and kickstart its growth.
Public budget expenditure does not include the expenditure involved in property settlements with churches and religious societies (see chapter 7.1.2) or subsidies for the work of churches and religious societies.