The Estonian government has allocated about USD 4 thousand to preparing an economic plan in case EU membership is rejected by the majority of the population in the upcoming referendum.
As a Rosbalt correspondent was informed by the press office of the Estonian government, the plan will be based on research carried out by local scientists, politicians and businessmen in 2001 in connection with possible EU membership. However, the research team has been asked to make some additions and update its proposals. The work should be completed by August 21 so that those participating in the referendum are aware of the new findings.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.