The federal government, through the Ministry of Culture and the General Advocacy of the Union (AGU), opened an opportunity to renegotiate debts for professionals and companies in the cultural sector with federal agencies. The AGU Pró-Cultura is already in operation.
The initiative will be implemented in two stages. The first is already in progress, and involves debts with local authorities and public foundations in the field of culture. The other, still under development, will cover other public bodies, such as the Ministry of Culture itself.
At this first moment, debts will be renegotiated with the following bodies: National Film Agency (Ancine); Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (Funag); National Library Foundation (FBN); Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation (FCRB); Palmares Cultural Foundation (FCP); Joaquim Nabuco Foundation (Fundaj); National Arts Foundation (Funarte); Brazilian Institute of Museums (Ibram) and National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan).
To participate, companies and people from the cultural sector that have debts with federal public bodies must access the official AGU website and click on the link related to the program to find out details on how to seek renegotiation.
There are no debt value limits for renegotiation. In addition, interested parties who have the renegotiation approved will be able to receive discounts of up to 70% and debt installments in up to 145 months.
The project provides for special payment conditions so that people in debt can make settlement agreements, considering the debt profile and payment capacity. The government hopes to renegotiate debts that, together, exceed R$ 660 million.
According to AGU, the project emerged after a diagnosis that the cultural sector was one of the most impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, which led many professionals and companies to accumulate debts with public bodies and entities in recent years.
Editing: Thalita Pires