Estonian Ministry of the Interior needs €66 million to buy new vehicles

Police van in for repairs. (Rene Suurkaev/ERR)
8/10/2016 2:51 PM
Source: BNS
Category: Business

According to the Estonian Ministry of the Interior, in 2017-2020 a total of 976 vehicles within the ministry's area of government will need to be replaced with newer ones at a cost of 140.2 million euros, of which the ministry currently falls 65.8 million euros short.

Of the 976 vehicles needing replacement, 670 would be replaced with support from the EU in the total amount of 74.4 million euros, but an additional 306 vehicles would need to be replaced for another 65.8 million euros, and at present there are not enough funds in the budget to cover that amount, it can be seen from ministry records. The ministry is seeking for the needed funds to be allocated from the state budget and finds that it would be possible to pay it out in a span of eight years.

In 2017-2020, a total of 228 land vehicles worth 19.6 million euros, 77 watercraft worth 21.2 million euros as well as a patrol plane for the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) worth 25 million euros need to be purchased, but there are no budgetary measures currently allocated for their purchase.

Thus far, necessary vehicles have been rented, but according to the ministry this model is unsustainable; in 2015, rental feels totaled 5.4 million euros.

In late Oct. 2015, the Ministry of the Interior's area of government utilized 2,067 transport vehicles, including 1,904 land vehicles, 156 watercraft and seven aircraft. Of these vehicles, 46 percent are rented and the remainder are owned by the state.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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