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The Minister of Culture Laine Jänes replied to the interpellation concerning the financing of the Capital of Culture (No 351), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Kadri Simson, Aivar Riisalu, Marika Tuus, Heimar Lenk, Tiit Kuusmik, Lembit Kaljuvee, Valeri Korb, Helle Kalda, Georg Pelisaar, Mailis Reps, Inara Luigas, Enn Eesmaa, Kalle Laanet, Nelli Privalova, Vladimir Velman, Jüri Ratas, Olga Sõtnik, Toivo Tootsen, Arvo Sarapuu, Nikolai Põdramägi, Rein Ratas, Evelyn Sepp, Ain Seppik and Peeter Kreitzberg on 13 January.
 
Laine Jänes explained that, in addition to the money which is allocated directly to the specific budget of the Foundation Tallinn 2011, both the city and the state have to finance events and invest in various activities supporting the year of the Capital of Culture. It is based on the whole programme that the Creative Council has approved. One of the important events is the Youth Song and Dance Celebration to be held in 2011. No funds will be allocated to the Foundation Tallinn 2011 for organising it, but the Creative Council of Tallinn 2011 has announced it as their key event. “During that event, it will be important, for example, that the city provide free transport for the participants of the celebration, different traffic arrangements, as well as the accommodation and catering organised at schools. All that means actually budgetary funds additionally provided by the city of Tallinn. The financing of the song and dance celebration by the state is a very significant amount,” said the Minster of Culture.
 
In the words of the Minister of Culture, the overview of the programme of the Capital of Culture and the works which have been done, prepared by Mikko Fritze and Jaanus Rohumaa, had been highly appreciated at the recent Government cabinet meeting. It had been decided that a Government cabinet meeting to discuss the financing in more detail would be scheduled in March. “By the end of March, it will be definitely known which amount the Ministry of Culture will apply for at that meeting for the Foundation Tallinn 2011 and other events relating to the Capital of Culture,” confirmed Jänes.
 
The Minister of Education and Research Tõnis Lukas replied to the interpellation concerning school lunch at vocational schools (No 347), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Mailis Reps, Evelyn Sepp, Enn Eesmaa, Nikolai Põdramägi, Rein Ratas, Tiit Kuusmik, Kalle Laanet and Georg Pelisaar on 11 January.
 
The Minister of Internal Affairs Marko Pomerants replied to the interpellation concerning closing of Simuna rescue commando (No 356), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lembit Kaljuvee, Tiit Kuusmik, Ain Seppik, Toivo Tootsen and Enn Eesmaa on 19 January.
 
The Minister of Defence Jaak Aaviksoo replied to the interpellation concerning the Victory Monument of the War of Independence (No 362), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lauri Laasi, Marika Tuus, Tiit Kuusmik, Lembit Kaljuvee, Valeri Korb, Helle Kalda and Evelyn Sepp on 27 January.
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
 
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