1% Art Spending Requirement for Public Building Budgets to Be Expanded, Improved ({{commentsTotal}})

The so-called "percentage act," obligating the construction companies of public buildings to spend 1 percent of the cost of the construction on artworks by Estonian artists, is going to be transformed.

The changes will include a more flexible payment system for the artists and the obligation will expand to the Defense Forces and prisons, Eesti Päevaleht reported on Thursday.

According to Lia Liin, a lawyer at the Ministry of Culture, negotiations with the Ministry of Finance are underway to enable to pay an advance to artists or at least introduce payments in stages. The artists are currently paid only after they have completed their works, which means they must be ready to come up with thousands of euros (the maximum limit of the commission is 65,000 euros) before they begin their projects.

The deadline of the procurement is also extended to 50 days. The Ministry of Culture hopes to complete the changes by June and then present them to the government.