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Latvian deputies call for an increase of funding for cultural fields and other organizations

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn proposals for the next year’s budget, Saeima deputies offer to allocate additional funding for different cultural projects, cultural organizations, hospitals, churches, schools and other purposes.

Deputies mostly submitted requests for small amounts of funding to be allocated to all kinds of purposes in municipalities. Opposition parties, however, request larger amounts to be allocated for other purposes – education and healthcare.

Harmony opposition party requests EUR 1.45 million to be allocated to increase wages of culture industry workers, EUR 19.93 million to secure funding for science at the very least equal to 0.15% of GDP, EUR 31.8 million to increase wages of teachers by 10%, EUR 60.15 million to increase funding in higher education institutions, EUR 22 million to increase wages of healthcare workers and EUR 3 million to increase minimum wages to scientific personnel and workers of higher education institutions.

Latvian Regional Alliance also requests EUR 3.2 million to be allocated next year in order to increase minimum wages of Latvia’s scientific community and workers of higher education institutions. The party also requests EUR 6 million to be allocated for higher education institutions, EUR 1.2 million to State Audit, EUR 3.6 million for science, EUR 2.5 million to kindergarten teachers, EUR 8.7 million as co-financing for private kindergartens and nanny services and allocate additional funding for other purposes.

To Latvia from the Heart offers allocating EUR 4.7 million to higher education institutions, EUR 3.6 million to science and EUR 700,000 to support NGOs. The party has also submitted other budget proposals.

Opposition deputies also submitted proposals individually: Valery Agesin proposed allocating funding for different schools in Liepaja; Ivans Ribakovs proposed allocating EUR 31,000 for the reconstruction of Vilani Secondary School’s stadium; Andrei Klementyev proposed allocating EUR 37,500 for the procurement of equipment for Children’s Clinical University Hospital to help children with development disorders and EUR 48,000 to the hospital in order to provide early-age rehabilitation for those children; Vladimir Nikonov proposed allocating funding for different Old Belief churches.

Multiple Unity deputies propose allocating EUR 215,000 to the restoration of Aglona Basilica. Solvita Aboltina proposed allocating EUR 8,000 to the restoration of Lestenes Church, EUR 149,374 to the renovation of Rudbarzu Castle and EUR 36,718 as funding for Roman Culture Centre and Roman History and Art Museum. Hosams Abu Meri proposed allocating EUR 22,000 to provide Arab language and culture studies in the University of Latvia, Edvards Smiltens proposed allocating EUR 11,580 to replace the doors for Dailes Theatre.

The National Alliance proposed allocating EUR 10,000 as funding for Latvian National Partisans Association, creation and maintenance of memorials; EUR 15,000 for roof repairs of Lestene Church; EUR 1,500 for Latvian Association of the Politically Repressed; EUR 10,000 for Latvian Autism Association to organize education events for children with special needs; EUR 3,000 to organize Ukrainian Days in Latgale and many other proposals.

Saeima committees also submitted proposals. The Education Committee requested the parliament to allocate EUR 935,000 to help finish ‘Dvēseļu putenis’ film in the next two years. Saeima Legal Affairs Committee proposed allocating EUR 44,341 to increase wages of workers of the Constitutional Court as well as EUR 37,895 to create a special post in the Constitutional Court of Latvia – Court Chairman’s Advisor.


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