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Lottery to fund Hungarian culture

Gyorgy Karpati 2009-05-28
Hungary's cultural tax will be dissolved on January 1, 2010, and the budget of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary (www.nka.hu) will be covered by 90% of the national lottery's gambling tax, the Ministry of Education and Culture (www.okm.gov.hu) announced on May 28.

Culture minister Istvan Hiller said in a press conference that this will be a long term solution to financing the NKA, adding that this resolution is similar to other EU countries such as Great Britain, Finland and Italy. The cultural tax amounted to €30,2 million in 2008, a decrease compared with 2007. The €11.1 million disbursed through May 19 was also less than the amount during the same period last year. The tax is based on advertisements, national and regional commercial TV broadcasts, a tax on theatrical screening, and sales of TV's, videos and projectors.

Income from the lottery tax was €38.6 million last year in Hungary, which would have meant almost €35 million for culture in 2008.

The decision will affect the Hungarian film industry through Motion Picture Section included in the NKA.

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