Riga distributes COVID-19 aid money

This week, temporary administration of the Riga municipality will start distributing the COVID-19 compensation fund, including €2.29 million for Rīgas Satiksme (Riga Transport), Latvian Television reported on June 16.

The budget for Riga this year was adopted in early April, when the state of emergency of COVID-19 was already in place. In view of the potential consequences of this crisis, the budget identified a special reserve fund of EUR 13.8 million.

It is planned to allocate a further large portion of the reserve fund funds on Friday, June 19, to compensate local government authorities and companies for losses caused by COVID-19.

The money is to be distributed for the following purposes:

The City Council’s Department of Finance forecasts that about half of the reserve funds will be spent in the first half of the year. As a result, €6 to €7 million will remain in reserve for other needs, including a possible second wave in the autumn.


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