TALLINN - The Riigikogu cultural affairs committee was scheduled to gather for public sittings on Monday and Tuesday to look at plans concerning the construction and renovation of cultural buildings that could be done for funds of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Kultuurkapital) in the coming few years.
Over the course of two days, the standing committee is to meet with representatives of 28 proposals to get a more detailed overview of existing plans.
Pursuant to the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Act, the supervisory board of the Cultural Endowment will allocate the amounts intended for cultural buildings pursuant to the Gambling Tax Act according to the ranking of the construction and renovation of cultural buildings which are of national importance, which is approved by a resolution of the Riigikogu. Up to two objects are supported simultaneously under said arrangement.
Each year, 60.6 percent of the gambling tax received by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia is spent for the construction and renovation of cultural buildings. In 2019, the relevant amount was 8.3 million euros.
The last time the Riigikogu decided in 1996 to support the construction of the Kumu building of the Art Museum of Estonia, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as projects of national importance.
The proposals put before the parliament in the current round can be found, in Estonian, on the website of the Riigikogu at https://www.riigikogu.ee/infoallikad/fookusteemad/ettepanekud-riiklikult-tahtsate-kultuuriehitiste-nimetamiseks .