State aid rules for Tallinn’s Linnahall approved by EC

Now that European Commission said there is no conflict of interest with state aid rules, Tallinn City Government will launch an action plan for the Linnahall building. 

According to mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart, this is good news for Tallinn and now, previous action plans can be reviewed.

Mayor Kõlvart said: “Tidying up Linnahall and its surroundings continues to be a priority for us. We want to restore the concert hall and create a modern international conference center. One of the goals is to open the seaside area up to citizens”. Mayor also said that the previously made agreement with Tallink and Infortar has been pulled due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the tourist sector. A new study will be carried out looking at the possibilities of finding private sector partners and co-financing.

In 2017, a detailed plan to renovate Linnahall and its surroundings was created but was put on hold when the need to go through state aid procedures became clear, reports ERR.

Linnahall, originally named the V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport, was built for the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics when the sailing events were hosted in Estonia but it is now closed for public. Photo credit ERR