Nationwide testing cost nearly €120 million

Final bill published by the Finance Ministry.

Nationwide coronavirus testing in Bratislava, October 31, 2020.Nationwide coronavirus testing in Bratislava, October 31, 2020. (Source: SME)

The state paid more than €119.89 million for last year’s autumn nationwide testing.

The participating ministries and institutions received more than €99 million from the state coffers, while other expenditures amounted to €20.78 million, according to the bill published by the Finance Ministry.

The Interior Ministry received €550,800 for the printing of certificates, and another €4.95 million was used to pay police officers, firefighters, mountain rescuers, civic employees and Interior Ministry employees involved in the testing. The Ministry received another €9 million for further expenses, the TASR newswire reported.

The Defence Ministry received €42.66 million to cover costs related to the preparation of the testing and the actual testing. More than €11.77 million went to remuneration for its employees.

The Administration of State Material Reserves received more than €50.94 million to secure material equipment.

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