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Latvian ministry wants EUR 145,700 to finance public media coverage of Pope’s visit

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Justice Ministry plans to request additional funding of EUR 145,710 from the emergency budget to ensure public media coverage of the visit of Pope Francis to Latvia.

It is mentioned in the ministry’s project, the Pope’s visit to Latvia is a national event of international significance. However, no additional funds are planned for its coverage in 2018. This is because the Pope’s visit was organized after the approval of the public order.

It is explained in the annotation to the project that the Pope’s visit is especially important for Latvia and the region. European Broadcasting Association is particularly interested in covering the visit as part of the country’s centenary.

The total requested funding is EUR 145,710, of which EUR 40,210 is requested by Latvijas Radio and EUR 105,500 – by LTV.

In July, Latvia’s government approved allocation of EUR 806,202 to Justice Ministry to organize the visit of Pope Francis to Latvia in September.

The majority of funding is requested for the reconstruction of Aglona Basilica. Still, funding is also requested to ensure security and public order during the visit, as well as TV coverage, press-centres and other goals.

The amount of funding requested for the reconstruction of Aglona Basilica and surrounding territory is EUR 364,845.

Funding of EUR 22,554 is requested to ensure security and public order by Defence Ministry for the duration of the visit.

It is planned that Interior Affairs Ministry will receive EUR 60,432 to organize road traffic, public safety and security, which will be provided by State Police. Funding will also be used to ensure fire safety increased border control measures.

Funding of EUR 1,076 is requested for Agriculture Ministry to monitor drinking water quality, which will be provided by Food Quality, Animal Health and Environment Institute.

The funding requested for Justice Ministry is EUR 134,510, which is intended for rent of waste containers and their maintenance, rent of mobile public restrooms, rent of 1,000 chairs, reconstruction of the entry road for the Pope’s vehicle, provision of electricity to the place of the event, as well as media coverage.

Funding for Healthcare Ministry is requested at EUR 15,938 and is planned to be used to provide emergency medical services and microbiological and chemical testing of drinking water.

It is planned that Transport Ministry will receive EUR 49,000 to ensure electronic communications for media coverage, as well as additional vehicles for passenger transportation.

According to estimates from Justice Ministry, there are roughly 500,000 Catholic residents in Latvia. It is expected that a large portion of Latvia’s population, as well as foreign guests, will attend events organized for the Pope’s visit.


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