Private newspapers applied for less state support than they were given ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) is one of several publications in Ekspress Group's portfolio.
Daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) is one of several publications in Ekspress Group's portfolio. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

The government set out to support media companies with a €450,000 crisis measure, but only €432,000 worth of applications were made in time for the deadline.

The Ministry of Culture opened an application round on May 29 to daily, weekly, and regional newspapers to compensate lost income due to the emergency situation.

The total amount for applications was €450,000. By June 10, the deadline for application, the ministry received applications of €432,512, said Meelis Kompus, head of public relations at the Ministry of Culture.

According to Kompus, the total amounts applied for were between €700 and €100,000. "Reasoning for it may be that applications were opened to small, big, regional or state-wide publications."

The Ministry of Culture will now assess the legitimiacy of the applications. The deadline to make decisions is set to be July 24.

Kompus said that whether or not there will be additional state support will depend on the economy and the decisions of government.

Applications were open to all locally registered legal persons, except ones established by the state, that publish daily or weekly newspapers.

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