Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, presented, Wednesday, September 29, 2010, lebudget of his ministry.

With nearly 7.5 billion , or 154 million more than in 2010, the Ministry of the
Culture and Communication is up 2.1%.
This envelope is broken down as follows:
- the appropriations for the Culture mission amount to €2.70 billion, or +1.1%;
- the appropriations for the Cultural Research mission amount to €121.55 million or - 0.8%;
- The Media, Book and Cultural Industries Mission is allocated 4.68 billion
€2.8% including €3.22 billion related to the audiovisual licence fee (including
financial assistance) and €1.46 million in budget appropriations.
To this envelope are added, in the financing of culture, the taxes allocated
to public institutions and in particular to the National Cinema and
the Animated Image, which will benefit from nearly €750 million in 2011.
It is therefore a consolidated budget, despite a difficult financial context
the State’s commitments and to develop public
cultural policies of the Minister.
Budget 2011 puts Culture at the heart of the Government’s priorities and
reflects the main lines of action of the Minister of Culture and Communication:
- Heritage development, with a regional focus. The
State support for heritage is again renewed with an increase of 1.6% for
reach €868 million. The funds allocated to historical monuments will be,
in accordance with the will of the President of the Republic, maintained at their
2010 budget of €375 million and tax arrangements for monuments
have been preserved. Regional efforts are also reflected in the
launch of the Museums Plan. 70 M € over 3 years will be devoted to rebalancing
the strengthening of conservation and presentation of collections.
- The live entertainment sector is preserved. Live entertainment will benefit
€663 million, an envelope maintained compared to 2010. In a context of
tension on public finances, the State does not withdraw and ensures its support
in favour of creation, the emergence of young creators as well as
institutions dedicated to creation and dissemination to audiences. This
credit consolidation is the counterpart of a shared desire to pursue the
implementation of the guidelines resulting from the Valois talks: new booklets
of the charges and missions of the labels - an application circular is in progress of
dissemination -, launch of the reform of aid to artistic teams with the entry into
the new rules governing the operation of committees of experts.
- The continuation of major cultural and architectural projects. The budget
2011will allow the completion of the construction of the Pierrefitte archives
will open at the end of 2012, to launch the prefiguration of La Maison de l'histoire de France in
the quadrilateral archives. The construction of the Museum of European Civilizations and
Mediterranean (MUCEM) will continue for Marseille 2013, European capital
and the renovation of the Picasso Museum and the Richelieu quadrilateral.
Finally, the lower spaces of the Palais de Tokyo will be fitted out. This new Palais
entirely dedicated to contemporary creation and the presentation of artists
will open in 2012.

- The transmission of knowledge is at the heart of the priorities of the
Ministry. Credits from the higher education sector
schools of architecture, schools of art or teaching
show are up by 3%. New means have been
identified to support the priorities of culture for
Reading Plan, Arts and Cultural Education, Culture in
rural areas, or actions in favour of audiences away from culture.
- Promotion of digital culture. €131 million will be devoted to
the transition to digital All with a view to the extinction of broadcasting
television channels at the end of 2011. Moreover,
calls for projects will be launched in 2011, on the budget of the Ministry of
Culture and Communication, for digitization and
innovative digital cultural services.
- Support for cultural industries. The
Cinema and Animated Image will benefit from a budget of 750 M € for the
support for cinema, audiovisual and multimedia, €125 million will be
dedicated to the digitization of cinemas over 3 years. HADOPI will be
operational with a budget of €12 million.
- Support for the press. The State confirms its willingness to support
in its transformations a sector essential to the pluralism of ideas and to the
vitality of the democratic debate. Following the Estates General of the
launched in 2009, the 2011 budget consolidates the exceptional
support for press aid: + 0.7%, 420.5 M € and the guarantee of the whole
contractual commitments of the State with the sector. Support for the portage
continued and public support for the new press services in
line is strengthening. With the Cardoso report, submitted on September 8,
support to the press. The aim is to
more effective intervention by public authorities, particularly in the face of the
the digital revolution. In November, a forum will be launched to
define the guidelines for the report to be adopted.
- The public audiovisual sector. The audiovisual sector benefits
increased by 3.4%. The increased resources provided in the
INA, Arte, AEF and Radio France’s contracts for objectives and resources are
to support their strategic priorities. France
Télévisions will have a budget of €2.5 billion to continue
the implementation of public television.
In all these sectors, the overseas regions will benefit from
special attention. 50 M € are planned in 2011 as part of the
the departmental action plan for overseas.