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SDKÚ calls on Fico to engage in drawing of European Union funds

Slovakia has been slow to draw on funds allocated to it by the European Union (EU) for the 2007-2013 period, the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party said on Tuesday, April 14.

Slovakia has been slow to draw on funds allocated to it by the European Union (EU) for the 2007-2013 period, the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party said on Tuesday, April 14.

Slovakia can draw on a total of €13.41 billion, the TASR wrote. While Slovakia drew €223 million for the 2004-2006 period, it has drawn only €33.19 million for the two years to date of the 2007-2013 period, said the SDKÚ’s Pavol Kubovič at a press conference in Bratislava.

“If Premier (Robert Fico) doesn't engage in the drawing of the funds, any turnaround in this situation is hard to foresee,” SDKÚ deputy chairman Eduard Kukan said. Kubovič said that many ministries are not able to contract and draw on the funds. He said that, for example, no funds were contracted for road infrastructure construction and railway modernisation projects, despite the government accepting what he called overpriced PPP projects to build highways. The EU funds are, according to Kubovič, being used more for social enterprises and on state officials, for instance through the operational programme Technical Aid.

Kubovič said the National Strategic Referential Framework designed by the former government to draw on EU funds had been ‘adjusted’ for no good reason. “It’s time for the premier to personally engage in the euroagenda, because if he leaves it up to ministers I am worried that this pitiful situation and the small sums drawn will continue,” said Kukan. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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