Prime Minister says culture should not be ‘Cinderella’ ministry

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka started a tour of all ministries to check up on their progress on Tuesday. And he said it was not by chance that he selected the Ministry of Culture as the first stop on his ministerial tour. He said that it had become a Cinderella ministry over recent years and had borne the brunt of spending cuts. He said he wanted to change that and by the end the government’s term to boost its budget to around one percent of Gross Domestic Product. The prime minister also said steps would also have to be taken to address lower than average wages in the culture sector although many employed there are graduates. But he also suggested that the ministry become more involved in preparations to marks major events, such as next year’s 600th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus, and a Czech-Bavarian exhibition being prepared.