Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The state budget for 2019 for the first time in 5 years entails a reduction in expenditure on servicing and ensuring the activity of the President and his Administration. This is confirmed by the text of the law on the state budget for 2019 published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada.
In particular, 945 million hryvnia was allocated for maintenance and organisational, information-analytical, and material support for the activity of the head of state and the Presidential Administration in 2019, which is 11% less than the sum for 2018. In the past expenses on this program raised every year.
Thus, 293 million hryvnia was earmarked in 2014 for maintaining the President, in 2015 this sum increased by 1.5 times to 444 million hryvnia, in 2016 it grew slightly to 457 million hryvnia, in 2017 it grew almost twofold to 820 million hryvnia, and in 2018 it grew by 30% – to 1,64,000,000 hryvnia.
In general for 2019 expenses on the state administration, which is responsible for funding the maintenance of the President, have been reduced from 2.7 to 2.5 billion hryvnia, which is 8% less in comparison with 2018.
From this money 833 million hryvnia has been allocated for the provision of medical services by hospitals, 5 million hryvnia – for the modernisation of their equipment, 279 million – professional development of state administration workers and domestic and foreign policy training, and 105 million hryvnia – scientific research in the sphere of the state administration.
82 million more hryvnia was reserved for the preservation of the natural- reserve fund for national parks and reserves, 68 million hryvnia – for supporting sanatorium healthcare institutions, 61 million hryvnia – supporting the national chamber ensemble “Kiev Orchestra” and the national museum complex “Mystetsky Arsenal”, and 20 million hryvnia – for the creation of the “Mystetsky Arsenal” project.
Also, 10 million hryvnia was allocated for the reconstruction of the premises of the catering department in the “Artek” children’s center and the “Ukrainian House” in Kiev, 21 million hryvnia will go on the production of state awards, and 2 million hryvnia will be spent on state prizes.
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