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Latvian government allocates more than EUR 192 million for priority tasks

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On Friday, 13 September, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers decided at an extraordinary meeting on division of EUR 192.4 million for priority tasks of ministries and independent institutions.

The government listened to Finance Ministry’s prepared report on fiscal space plans and expenditures for priority tasks outlined in the state budget of 2020 and the 2020-2022 period. The report details priority tasks of ministries and independent institutions for which additional finances will be allocated in 2020.

In total, Latvia’s state budget has around EUR 190 million to finance priorities tasks next year.

EUR 167 million of this amount will cover priorities of ministries, whereas EUR 25.5 million will be used to finance priorities of independent institutions.

EUR 50 million from Latvia’s 2020 budget will be diverted to finance increased wages of healthcare sector’s employees and Healthcare Ministry’s priorities. Education and Science Ministry will receive EUR 8 million from the state budget to cover priorities and EUR 23 million to ensure increased wages for teachers.

EUR 23 million has been allocated to increase differentiated non-taxable minimum to EUR 300 starting from 1 January 2020. EUR 18.9 million has been allocated to finance priorities of Latvia’s Interior Affairs Ministry, EUR 13 million – for Culture Ministry’s priorities, and EUR 10 million to increase minimal income level.

EUR 5 million will be allocated to finance Justice Ministry’s priorities, including maintenance of existing prison infrastructure. Liepaja Prison’s construction funding of EUR 45 million have instead been redirected to the 2022 budget.

EUR 6.3 million will be allocated for public media in 2020. EUR 600 000 will be provided to Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and the same amount – for the Central Election Commission.

EUR 5 million will be provided for the new political parties financing model. EUR 10 million will be allocated to finance activities for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing.

EUR 700 000 will be allocated for the State President’s Chancellery, EUR 100 000 – for the Ombudsman’s Office, EUR 400 000 for the Constitution Protection Bureau, EUR 500 000 for State Audit, EUR 100 000 for the Supreme Court, EUR 900 000 for the Constitutional Court, and EUR 400 000 for the Office of the Prosecutor.

EUR 7 million will be diverted as loans for municipalities to build pre-school education facilities. EUR 9.4 million will be provided to Transport Ministry to finance priorities.

BNN had previously reported that the government has planned EUR 935.5 million for priorities of Latvian ministries in 2020.


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