At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Slovak Cabinet agreed with a Transport Ministry proposal to establish a state budget organization with a working name of the ‘Waterways Office’ beginning in January 2011, the SITA newswire wrote.
The new organisation will supervise construction, modernization and development of waterways as well as serving as the professional guarantor for assigning development programs and constructions of inland water transport.
The Transport Ministry and the Environment Ministry agreed on preserving the current responsibility of the Environment Ministry as the operator of waterways, since both ministries failed to reach an agreement on shifting responsibilities related to administration and maintenance of waterways. Originally, the Transport Ministry suggested completely taking over responsibility over waterways and their infrastructure.
The new organization should have approximately €3.55 million at its disposal in 2011. Of this, investment costs for development and building of water transportation would amount to €3.35 million and €50,000 would be used for establishment of the organization. Its budget should be €5.2 million in 2012. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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