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EC deems Slovakia’s first 2014-2020 budget draft acceptable

The European Commission (EC) considers the first draft Partnership Agreement for the 2014-2020 budget period to be acceptable and began intradepartmental review of the proposal. This is a strategic document of Slovakia that forms the basic framework for the new programming period for drawing EU funds in the upcoming seven years.

The European Commission (EC) considers the first draft Partnership Agreement for the 2014-2020 budget period to be acceptable and began intradepartmental review of the proposal. This is a strategic document of Slovakia that forms the basic framework for the new programming period for drawing EU funds in the upcoming seven years.

“The European Commission has sent comments on this document which will be a subject of negotiations between the Slovak Republic and the European Commission on Friday, September 13 in Bratislava,” spokesperson for Deputy Prime Minister for Investments Ľubomír Vážny, Silvia Belešová, informed the SITA newswire on September 9.

According to the provisional redistribution of allocations in the draft Partnership Agreement – which will be final only after legislation of the European Union is approved – Slovakia could obtain from the EU funds a total of €15.808 billion in nine programs in the 2014-2020 period. To date, the European Commission has accepted all twelve Partnership Agreements of EU member countries that were submitted. Slovakia is the third country whose Partnership Agreement was acceptable.

“Comments of the EC have so far been sent to only four member countries, namely Hungary, Finland, Slovakia and Sweden. It is a very demanding process with regard to expertise and time,” said Belešová. She added that it is pleasing that Slovakia has made great progress in a short period of time, despite the fact that it started the preparation process of the Partnership Agreement much later than other countries. Slovakia sent the draft Partnership Agreement for comments to Brussels on June 28 while the government council for the Partnership Agreement discussed it on June 18.

Between 2014 and 2020, Slovakia could get €15.808 billion from European funds, in a total of nine programmes, the finance.sk website wrote. Of these, the one to draw the biggest amount - €4.129 billion – is the Integrated Infrastructure programme, which also includes transport infrastructure.

(Source: SITA, finance.sk)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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