On April 30, 2021, tender to the tune of UAH 3 million for the creation and distribution of an information product in Crimean Tatar and, if necessary, in other languages for children was announced.
Procurement was carried out using a negotiated procedure, which is justified by the lack of competition for technical reasons. According to the letter of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting, the only children's channel that broadcasts in the Crimean Tatar language on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol is Lale channel. This channel, in fact, won the procurement.
"In April, as we planned, procurement procedures were kicked off, whuch were designed to provide budget funding to TV and radio companies that broadcast on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. These are the first two tenders, but we plan to complete all purchases by the end of May. It is important for us that the conditions for receiving public funding are the same for everyone: transparent, honest in line with the European standards," noted Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories.
The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that currently a sum totaling UAH 50 million was provided from the state budget for TV and radio companies broadcasting on the temporarily occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
" This funding can only be granted only through the public procurement procedure. Currently, an issue at stake is a competitive form - the purchase of content of various types. But given the real situation, we need the opportunity to transparently provide various forms of support to broadcasters. Including institutional - signal delivery, rent payment, partial financing of salaries. At the legislative level, we need to outline mechanisms for providing state funding to all television and radio companies that act in the interests of the state, regardless of their type, form of ownership or organizational and legal form. I'm talking about defining the procedure for granting state grants," Oleksii Reznikov added.
It should be noted that on April 22, 2021, the first tender was announced for broadcasters operating on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by Russia.