Three billion to be poured into Upper Nitra

When the mining region closes all its mines, it should transform with the help of state and EU money.

Bojnice Castle is a well-known tourist attraction in Upper Nitra. Government wants to boost tourism in the region when mining stops there.Bojnice Castle is a well-known tourist attraction in Upper Nitra. Government wants to boost tourism in the region when mining stops there. (Source: SME)

The Upper Nitra region, known for its mining tradition, should be completely transformed when the mining ceases.

The government has greenlighted an action plan on Wednesday that counts on pouring about €3 billion into the region within about two hundred investment projects.

Following a cabinet session Deputy PM for investment, Richard Raši, said that the money should be from various funds, mainly EU. The investment projects should include a new transport infrastructure, innovation support, R&D support, support for SMEs and tourism.

"What matters to us is preserving and creating jobs, the requalification of miners and the construction of a new transport infrastructure," said the Trenčín Regional Governor Jaroslav Baška, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Upper Nitra is part of the Trenčín Region. Baška said he is not worried that Upper Nitra will turn into some backward region.

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