TALLINN – The 30 percent own contribution requirement for EU-funded projects in the EU's next budget period will widen regional gaps, and to avoid this the Estonian state must start compensating small towns and rural regions for the own funding they provide under the projects, deputy chairman of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE) Lauri Laanemets says.
"Under the agreement between European leaders, Estonia will get 6.8 billion euros from the new European Union budget and the fund for restarting the economy, whereas the ratio of own contributi...
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