Papal visit cost state €1.16 million

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The September 25 visit of Pope Francis to Latvia cost €1.16 million from the state budget, granted from the state "Fund for Unforeseen Events". On September 24, LTV broke down how the money was spent. 

First and foremost, the visit was used as a chance to renovate the Aglona Basilica, Latvia's most famous Catholic shrine.

Pavements and terraces, as well as the towers and the altar were renovated by September 24 for €554,776 -- the lion's share of the spending.

Another €95,790 was given to the local parish for event expenses and another €38,720 to the municipality which spent it on security measures.

As concerns security measures, €22,554 was given to the Defense Ministry, €15,127 to the State Police and €2,500 to the Security Police; a meager €700 to the State Fire and Rescue Service. 

Meanwhile the Border Guard were given €42,580 to increase border security and transport the Latvian president.

Another €158,385 were given to the Chancery of the President of Latvia, of which €108,775 went to the press center and another €49,610 for ensuring helicopter and other transport.

Some ministries managed to get in on the action too. The Agriculture Ministry required €538 to inspect water quality and the Health Ministry got €508 to check water supplies for microbiological and chemical pathogens.

As reported, the Latvian government also approved spending approximately €145,000 on ensuring coverage of the Pope's 10-hour visit on public media. €105,000 euros went to Latvian TV and €40,000 euros to Latvian Radio. €1,000 euros of the allocation to LTV were earmarked for coverage on LSM, of which LSM's English language service forms a part. 

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