Hungary Passes Culture Bill

  • 12 Dec 2019 8:21 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary Passes Culture Bill
Lawmakers passed a package of laws on cultural activity that creates the conditions for the establishment of local council-run theatres, state theatres and theatres with a mixed operating structure.

The bill submitted to parliament on Monday was passed in a fast-tracked legislative procedure with 115 votes in favour, 53 against and 3 abstentions.

The legislation regulates the set of culturally strategic institutions in the various cultural sectors, declaring that their operations are to be financed from the central budget. It also formally establishes a National Cultural Council that will be responsible for the sector’s strategic management.

Furthermore, the law declares that the upkeep of cultural institutions will be the full responsibility of their managers.

Under the law, local council-run theatres will be financed from the local council’s budget and state theatres from the central budget. Local councils will also be able to submit a request to the government on running theatres under a mixed operating structure.

If the request is approved, the minister of human resources and the local council will sign an agreement on the theatre’s joint operation. The agreement will have to guarantee the theatre’s artistic freedom and cover the rules pertaining to its operation.

MTI Photo: Bruzák Noémi

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