Latvia prepared to spend big on security during hockey championship

  • 2005-08-02
RIGA 's The Interior Ministry said it would need about additional 2 million lats (2.85 million euros) to ensure security and public order in Riga during the World Ice-Hockey Championship next year.

Interior Minister Eriks Jekabsons told journalists on Tuesday that initial estimates had amounted to 5 million lats but that this sum was reduced 2 million lats.

He said that the ministry would need additional funds for security officers' salaries, who would work overtime and at nights, for video surveillance cameras, special night vision equipment and other technical devices.

"Besides, we should also take it into account that a large number of high-ranking foreign officials will participate in this event, and we will have to ensure their safety 24 hours a day," Jekabsons said.