Public cultural expenditure per capita in the year 2013 was 283.98 million EUR. There has been a significant drop in public funding in 2013 which can probably be attributed to the fall in municipal funds for culture, one of the consequences being the project European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012, being followed by cuts in (mostly local) public budgets for culture. On the other hand, the drop in funding can be attributed to the financial crisis and the austerity policy of the Slovenian government.
Table 16: Public cultural expenditure indicators in period 2001-2013
|Year||Public cult. expenditure per capita (in EUR)||% of the GDP per capita||Share of cultural expenditure in total public expenditure*|
Source: Vesna, please give a source? Ministry of Culture 2014, own calculations.
* The share was calculated as a share of total public expenditure for culture (see Table 14) in the total public expenditure of the state (i.e. national public budget, source of the data was Ministry of Finance RS and Official Gazette of Slovenia).
The significant rise of this indicator in 2009 was mostly a consequence of a policy approach to solve the crisis and not an indicator of any structural change.
A similar trend is to be observed in the second indicator, share of public cultural expenditure in GDP per capita.
The results for the third indicator are a little better, where we can observe a significant growing trend only until 2008; later, the policy approach consequences on the state level are reduced by a different situation at the local level. The drop in 2010 is observed as before, but a significant rise in 2012 (again, probably caused by the project European Capital of Culture 2012) and an even much more significant fall in 2013. Again we expect the indicators to follow a downward trend in the years to come, adjusting to the consequences of the overall financial crisis.