TALLINN – The Estonian Ministry of Finance is supporting 14 local governments in carrying out studies and analyzes necessary for comprehensive plans, the budget of the round of applications is approximately 200,000 euros.
The Ministry of Finance in cooperation with the State Shared Service Center in 2019 and 2020 organized application rounds for financing the studies and analyzes of comprehensive plans. The last of these was announced in February this year, the Ministry of Finance said.
The aim of the support is to help to improve the living environment with a knowledge-based approach in those areas that are considered important in a specific place.
A total of 15 applications were submitted, of which 14 qualified and received a positive grant decision. The application could be submitted for comprehensive plans already initiated.
Support was given to the rural municipality government of Kambja, the rural municipality government of Polva, the city government of Narva-Joesuu, the rural municipality government of Valga, the rural municipality government of Hiiumaa, the rural municipality government of Kohila, the rural municipality government of Poltsamaa, the rural municipality government of Tori, the city government of Haapsalu, the rural municipality government of Turi, the rural municipality government of West-Harju, the rural municipality government of Luganuse, the rural municipality government of Luunja and the rural municipality government of Vinni.
The budget of the application round is approximately 200,000 euros and the sums of grants range from 8,525 to 30,000 euros. The total budget for the period of the support measure is approximately 3.4 million euros. The support measure is financed from the European Social Fund.
"The applications submitted were very substantial," Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab said in a press release. He noted that the applications were mainly aimed at developing settlements and businesses, improving mobility and accessibility, enabling the deployment of renewable energy and more thoughtful planning of green infrastructure.
It was possible for local governments to submit applications jointly, so that the analyzes and studies would, if necessary, cover a wider administrative territory than just one local government, and this opportunity was diligently used, the ministry said.
Many supported municipalities are also working with their neighboring municipalities to carry out the study to ensure a more in-depth and wider analysis of issues with a wider impact, such as transport management, the operation of the green network and the like.
"In addition to the main objectives of the projects, the support measure also stimulates the local economy and provides additional work for companies and research institutions," the minister said.