Tallinn renovating schools and roads with €17 million state funds ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Tallinn City Government building.
Tallinn City Government building. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

The state is giving the Tallinn City Government €17 million for investments aimed at alleviating the effects of the coronavirus crisis. All in all, €130 million in state money has been earmarked for distribution nationwide.

A list approved by the Tallinn City Government on August 26 includes the establishment of outdoor gyms in different areas of Tallinn, construction and repair of roads in the city center in particular, and proper lighting and other improvements at kindergarten grounds.

The city is not planning to carry out any major investments, however.

Other projects include school renovation work, such as ventilation, renovating classrooms and structural support work on the Old Town School for Adults (Tallinna Vanalinna Täiskasvanute Gümnaasium).

Community housing in Mustamäe, and the Nõmme culture center, will also be renovated.

Tallinn City Council's building located on Vana-Viru itself is to get roof repairs and ventilation work.

Money from cultural institutions is also to be used to switch to gas central heating at the Anton Hansen Tammsaare museum in Kadriorg.

Running costs, land purchases and technology investments were not eligible items for the state funds.

Mayor of Tallinn: Tallinn hoped for more money

As noted €130 million was allocated to all municipalities in Estonia, €70 million of which was intended to support investments for municipalities' procurements from the private sector.

The €17.38 million confirmed for Tallinn was less than hoped for, mayor Mihhail Kõlvart noted. "Based on the number of people in Tallinn and the size of the city, we expected more, around €30 million. But €17 million is also a significant amount of money," Kõlvart said.

The city government compiled a list of 155 investment objects over the summer. Tallinn itself is going to add €35.5 million to the state sum, it says.

Kõlvart said that all objects on the list will receive some funding, and all work will be finished by next year. The list needs to be confirmed by the city government and passed on to the Ministry of Finance who will start to allocate the funds.

Municipalities nationwide should get their funds by the end of this year.

The list of investment objects can be seen (in Estonian) here.

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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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