Egypt/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.3 Allocation of public funds

The Egyptian constitution amended in 2014 states:

Article 99

The law shall regulate the basic rules for the collection of public funds and spending procedures.

Article 108

The Parliament shall form a special committee or entrust any of its existent committees to examine administrative activity of authorities or bodies, or public projects, in order to investigate facts relating to a particular subject and to inform the Council on the actual financial, administrative or economic conditions, or to conduct investigations into any subject related to previous public or other kinds of work. The Council shall decide what it deems appropriate with regard to the matter.

The committee shall carry out its mission by collecting findings and evidence, and shall ask to hear the views of those accountable. All parties shall respond to the committee’s request and the committee shall have at its disposal requested documents and papers or other material pertaining to the parties’, bodies’ or projects’ activity.

The Constitution provides in Article (12) to: State protects the cultural, linguistic and civil community characteristics, and works to localize education books for all subjects including science).

Each ministry, including Ministry of Culture, submits a plan to the Ministry of Finance in order to draw up the budget of each sector and set aside the budget of the ministry in general.[1]

Every sector or ministry has its own budget declared in the general budget but now culture is integrated with youth and religious affairs in one sector and as a result the total budget allocated for youth, culture and religious affairs services reached 6.3 billion Egyptian pounds in 2005-2006 ([2]).

[1]              From an interview with Ms. Fatma Al-Maadoul, 1st Deputy Minister of Culture for Cultural Production Affairs Sector


Chapter published: 01-04-2016