The budget of the Ministry of Culture will amount in 2024 to 4.46 billion euros, an increase of 241 million (+6%), announced Wednesday the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak to the press. This envelope includes the Culture mission as well as the media (excluding public broadcasting), books and cultural industries. "Culture remains a driving force in our country," said the minister, stressing the "record level" reached by its credits.
This budget "transformation and inspiration" aims in particular to "accelerate the ecological transition", to "produce better and better disseminate", to "embrace new technologies", to "renew the public", to "anticipate the succession of trades and skills" and to "revitalize the territories", she listed.
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In detail, €746 million (+5%) will be allocated to the financing of film and audiovisual production and video games in 2024, and €210.5 million will be devoted to the Pass Culture (for young people). Nearly 1.2 billion euros is dedicated to heritage (excluding the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris and part of the Heritage Lottery financed by the Française des jeux). Another billion will fund several programs to support the creation and dissemination of live performances, the production and dissemination of visual arts, among others.
The additional 241 million will make it possible to "support artists, the next generation of trades, schools of higher education" (84 million), to finance measures for "heritage, the transmission of memory and to (make) major investments" (86 million, including 55 for "major" heritage sites), according to the document presented to the press. Or to "develop reading and access to culture for the younger generations" (7 million). Four million euros are earmarked for cultural projects combining art and sport labelled "Cultural Olympiad" (projects undertaken since 2022, until the Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2024). For public broadcasting, the 2024 allocation amounts to €4 billion (+6%).
Moreover, even if this is not due to enter into force until 2025, the government proposes to parliament, as soon as this finance bill, to debate the transposition of a European directive concerning reduced VAT in the field of the art market. After 2025, works of art will fall "from start to finish" to a reduced rate of 5.5%, said the minister, on purchase and - novelty - resale.