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Estonia to support churches from state budget instead of reserve fund

BC, Tallinn, 06.12.2018.Print version
Minister of Public Administration Janek Maggi on Thursday is to make a proposal to the Estonian government to declare invalid the government's orders to allocate support to the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) and the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church (EAOK) from the Ownership Reform Reserve Fund as the money will be allocated to the churches straight from the state budget, reported LETA/BNS.

The basis for declaring the orders invalid is an amendment to the State Budget Act with which it was decided to pay activity support to the EELK in the amount of 6.8 mln euros and to the EAOK in the amount of 1.2 mln euros, government spokespeople said.

Agreements concerning the payment of activity support with the churches will be established by the Ministry of Finance in the near future.

The government initially planned to allocate money for the churches from the Ownership Reform Reserve Fund. However, Chancellor of Justice Ulle Madise at the beginning of the year turned to the government with the proposal to bring the subitems of the regulation for the allocation of money from the Ownership Reform Reserve Fund in accordance with the Constitution. The government abandoned the plan of using the Ownership Reform Reserve Fund and decided to allocate the sums straight from the budget.

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