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    Estonia: EUR 10 mln for purchase of ammunition can be booked in govt reserve

    TALLINN, Dec 07, BNS - Politicians of Estonia's ruling coalition have decided not to transfer back into the 2018 state budget the 10 million euros designated for the purchase of ammunition that was moved on to 2019 in the defense investment program, and may book an equal amount of money in the government's contingency reserve to be able to pay for ammunition if a deal can be completed before 2019, Eesti Paevaleht said.

    "We are not going to change the budget to add to it expenditure items which likely will be carried over to 2019," Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder said. "It is not possible to carry out procurements of ammunition in 2018 in such manner that the ammunition is delivered within the same year. There's no need to add 10 million euros to the budget. There's not going to be any need for it," Seeder said.

    "If someone has fears or needs a guarantee that, should a miracle happen and a solution be found earlier, which nobody can think about now, it is possible to find money in the government's contingency reserve, such as through booking that 10 million euros," Seeder said.

    He added that the matter should be decided in the government.

    The newspaper said that in such manner the people nost satisfied with the adjournment of the investment will get an assurance that the money is there if needed.

    Former ministers of defense Margus Tsahkna, of IRL, and Hannes Hanso, of the Social Democratic Party, have been the most vocal opponents of the transfer of the ten million euros to 2019.

    Defense Minister Juri Luik has argued that the money was moved to 2019 because the ammunition to be procured will not be delivered before 2019.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814, sise@bns.ee

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 07.12.2017 11:21
    • LETA, BNS
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