Foreign assistance for Slovakia at Sk916.2 million

FOREIGN assistance for Slovakia from the bilateral funds of European Union countries and Norway covered almost 250 projects worth almost Sk916.2 million (€22.87 million) in 2003, the news wire SITA wrote.

The total sum of supported projects, which contribute to public and private institutions in the stabilisation of market rules, democracy, and the protection and development of the environment has grown by Sk137.4 million (€3.43 million) since 2002.

Those providing bilateral assistance, which was coordinated by the Slovak Cabinet Office over the past three years, have narrowed to a couple of countries including the Netherlands, Italy, the Flemish community in Belgium, and Norway, as well as specialised agencies such as the British Know-How Fund.

Some donor countries make use of direct links to sectors according to the orientation of assistance. For example, Denmark cooperates with the Slovak Environment Ministry and Germany with the Slovak Economy Ministry. In general, EU countries provide bilateral assistance only in fields where financing from common funds is impossible or insufficient.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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