Politics | September 9, 2001, Sunday // 00:00

Culture Minister Bozhidar Abrashev will demand 3% for culture from the state budget for 2002 in order to get at least half. Deputy Culture Minister Roumen Dimitrov said that the current state subsidy of 0.46% is too small and insufficient for the culture sector. `Getting at least 1% or 1.20% from the budget will be a great success,` Dimitrov said. The Deputy Culture Minister also said that the average pay to artists should not be lower than that of the teachers. `The Culture Ministry officials will meet Bulgarian artists on September 12 to introduce to them the new team of the ministry`, Deputy Culture Minister Roumen Dimitrov said. Currently, the ministry representatives have meetings with cultural institutes, artists` societies and guilds to evaluate the heritage from the previous ministry.

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