The differences among the regions are constantly increasing, despite of the country's positive economic growth

Bratislava, March 19, 2021 - State support through a regional contribution to the least developed districts does not help. The process of developing and approving projects is not transparent, on the contrary, it is bureaucratic and slow. This is stated by the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic (SAO) on the basis of the results of the audit from 2020 focused on the realization of the objectives defined in the Act on the Support of the Least Developed Districts. The Slovak Government has distributed more than 62 million euros to twenty districts in the last five years, but this has not helped to sustainable employment growth in the regions.

According to the Chairman of the Office, Mr. Karol Mitrík, the districts had to prefer to deal with the critical situation of the neglected infrastructure from these sources instead of implementing projects supporting job creation. The reason was also that the state did not set binding measurable criteria and in the complicated approval process also such projects were agreed that did not count with the active employment support from the beginning. Therefore, the National Authority for External Control recommends to the responsible Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic to simplify the whole allocation process, set clear and measurable criteria aimed at increasing employment and purposefully control the recipients of financial assistance.

The full text of the press release about this issue in Slovak language is available here. Use the Google icon in the top bar for automatic translation.