The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Latvia on 24 September cost the state budget for emergencies EUR 738,605, according to data compiled by the Fiscal Discipline Council on finances allocated from this budget programme in Q3 2018.
The State President’s Chancellery was provided with EUR 158,385 to ensure successful organization of the pope’s visit. EUR 108,775 was allocated from this amount to organize a press-centre in Aglona and Congress Hall. EUR 49,610 was allocated to organize helicopter and land transportation for the pope.
Justice Ministry was provided with EUR 434,510, of which EUR 95,790 were transferred to Aglona Basilica community to cover costs associated with the pope’s visit, EUR 38,720 were transferred to Aglona County Council to ensure safety and security for participants of the event in the municipality.
EUR 300,000 of the amount allocated to Justice Ministry were transferred to Aglona Basilica community to finance landscaping and restoration of pavements, lighting system procurement, tower façade repairs and other restoration work.
Financing of EUR 145,710 was allocated to the National Electronic Mass Media Council to finance broadcasting of the pope’s visit on public mass media (EUR 105,500 were transferred to LTV and EUR 40,210 to Latvijas Radio).
The state budget programme for emergencies is intended to cover budget expenditures in the event of natural catastrophes and other unexpected situations that result in considerable damages. This budget programme is also often used to co-finance different events of national importance.
Pope Francis visit to Baltic States lasted from 22 September to 25 September. The pope visited Latvia on 24 September.