Cabinet okays additional budget

  • 2002-04-18
  • Staff and wire reports

The Estonian government has approved the bill of an additional budget, giving the go-ahead to spend about 400 million kroons ($22.6 million) more in addition to the planned budget of 33 billion kroons.

According to Anneli Roigas, advisor to the Finance Ministry, 100 million kroons will cover a scheduled pension raise from July 1 this year.

"The other 304.7 million kroons will fund the inevitable priorities of the Cabinet such as Eurovision Song Contest and pensions for retired police officers," she said.

"This is the first additional budget approved this year, and most probably the last."

The Cabinet will have another look at the additional budget on April 23 and then forward it to the Parliament.

One of the major articles of the additional budget, worth 120 million kroons, is dedicated to a local government support fund.

Sixty-five million kroons will provide junior schoolkids with free meals from Sept. 1 - twice as much than the previous government intended spend.

The Ministry of Culture will get 15 million kroons to cover expenses related to Eurovision. Another 10 million kroons will go toward a Eurovision reserve fund.