The Estonian government adopted amendments to the 2017 state budget on September 21 according to which the day-to-day expenses of ministries and other institutions would change, while the total volume of expenditures and income would remain the same.
The government has proposed directing EUR 3 million from the surplus of structural means’ co-financing in providing social services, including the rehabilitation of children with special needs and eliminating the waiting line for support devices, the Ministry of Finance said.
In addition, EUR 1.4 million from the co-financing surplus is to be allocated to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Rural Affairs for buying lab equipment.
The government has also proposed allocating EUR 12 million from the budget of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication as well as EUR 4 million euros from the co-financing surplus to Estonian Railways.
EUR 2.4 million is to be allocated for the salaries of local governments’ teachers, EUR 900,000 for renovating the Maarjamae complex of the Estonian History Museum and EUR 1.6 million for designing and reconstructing the stage equipment of Endla Theater.
EUR 1 million euros are also to be allocated for the area of government of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The state budget of the current year is typically changed every fall. (ERR/Business World Magazine)