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Latvian government to divide money saved up from 2019 budget

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian ministries and other institutions have saved up EUR 31.17 million in this year’s budget. Now this amount will be spent on different goals, according to a report from Finance Ministry.

Finance Ministry asked all ministries to assess 2019 budget completion and report funding not possible to spend on initially planned goals. Information was received from 11 ministries and the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre. According to information from ministries, outlined budget non-completion and possible amount of funds saved in the state budget may be close to EUR 31 175 000.

The biggest amount of saved funds – EUR 7.92 million – was found in Welfare Ministry, followed by Finance Ministry with EUR 7.9 million, Economy Ministry with EUR 6.88 million, Healthcare Ministry – EUR 3.67 million, Education and Science Ministry – EUR 1.86 million, and Interior Affairs Ministry – EUR 1.1 million.

Finance Ministry notes the government needs to decide on criteria for division of saved up finances and activities that will use them.

Representatives of parties forming the government have come up with a number of criteria, such as use of money for priorities of 2020 budget, state important activities, as well as enhancement of capacity of different institutions, etc.

It is planned that from the money saved in 2019 EUR 5.1 million will be diverted to Economy Ministry – EUR 5 million for Altum housing support programme and EUR 102 473 to Competition Council, including EUR 78 143 for single-time bonuses to all CC employees, EUR 2 000 to cover the tip to OECD annual competition event, as well as EUR 22 600 for the construction of a digital evidence evaluation and processing laboratory.

Healthcare Ministry is planned to receive EUR 8.88 million, of which EUR 2.89 million are intended to cover state compensated medicine in order to partially cover deficit.

EUR 2.06 million to be allocated to Healthcare Ministry will be used to finance resident training due to increase of flow of residents, EUR 1.9 million will be diverted for additional child rehabilitation and artificial fertilization for 120 women. EUR 1.05 million is planned to be used to procure insulin pumps for children suffering from Type-1 sugar diabetes, EUR 715 713 will be used to procure defibrillators and artificial lung ventilation equipment for ambulance brigades, and EUR 200 000 will be used as investments for Eastern Hospital.

EUR 1.09 million will be provided to Interior Affairs Ministry. EUR 523 267 of this amount will be used to finance waste transportation and utilization, real estate maintenance and vehicle insurance services, EUR 238 987 will be used to cover healthcare expenditures and benefits for officials with special service ranks, EUR 150 000 will be used to procure special equipment for assessment of confiscated info-technical materials and analysis.

EUR 119 661 will be diverted to motivate employees of the State Border Guard and EUR 64 036 will be used to increase wages for cadets.

Education and Science Ministry is planned to receive EUR 3 million, with EUR 1.54 million of which are intended to finance organization of national-level international sports events. EUR 846 450 will be diverted to Latvia’s participation in the European Space Agency as an associated member state; EUR 403 203 will be used to finance scientific work; EUR 113 254 will be used to optimize infrastructure costs; licenses, replacement of computer equipment, maintenance of IT systems; and EUR 99 400 will be used to prepare Murjāņi Sports Academy for accreditation.

Transport Ministry will receive EUR 7 million to ensure funding to compensate losses for public transport service providers.

Welfare Ministry will receive EUR 4.12 million. EUR 1.73 million of this amount is intended to help reduce queues for technical assistance tools, assistant services, social rehabilitation services. EUR 1.29 million will be used to restore social care institutions’ material technical base, improve services, sort out infrastructure. EUR 859 253 will be used to monitor state social care centres and their equipment, State Social Insurance Agency to increase the output of the industry’s data centre in order to properly replace outdated computer equipment within industry institutions.

Justice Ministry will receive EUR 192 496 to procure mobile archive shelves and add changes to the information system of the Executive Affairs Register.

Culture Ministry will receive EUR 1.36 million. EUR 675 000 of this amount is intended to modernize education environments of Emiļa Melngaiļa Liepaja Music School.

EUR 383 238 will be divided between radio and television sectors, with EUR 354 191 to be allocated to Latvijas Radio and LTV to finance content creation and stabilization efforts in the 2019 autumn season, and EUR 29 047 as compensations for Latvijas Radio employees for overtime they had undergone in 2016 and 2017.

EUR 18 600 will be allocated to Foreign Affairs Ministry to finance activities of the Baltic Media Excellence Centre.

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