* More than two billion Kroons (EUR 128 mln) in support from structural funds of the European Union will be distributed in Estonia this year and it is possible to apply for 24 different kinds of support, the Finance Ministry reports.
During this year applications for support in 24 areas of enterprise, development of human resources, research and development, fisheries, rural life, agriculture, labour market, environment, infrastructure and regional socioeconomic development will be accepted.
Over the first EU structural funds financing cycle, or 2004-06, the funds are providing co-financing in the sum of 5.8 billion Kroons for various projects in Estonia.
It has been typical of previous years, too, that the volume of exports declines at the beginning of the new year in comparison with the end of the previous one, the ministry said. Positive developments were observed only in January 2005, which resulted in a relatively high basis of comparison.
Co-financing is provided to four priority areas : development of human resources ; competitiveness of enterprise ; agriculture, fisheries and rural life ; and infrastructure and regional development.