Building infrastructure is future investment priority

Building infrastructure is future investment priority

Slovakia's priority regarding the drawing of European Funds in 2021-2027 will be to complete the construction of infrastructure, with investments set to be funnelled into five strategic areas: An Innovative Slovakia; An Ecological Slovakia for Future Generations; Mobility, Transport and Interconnectivity; A Social, Just and Educated Slovakia and, finally, Quality Life in the Regions, Investments Minister Veronika Remišová (For the People) announced on Monday. "Even after 15 years of investments, we still have a large investment gap, and the biggest investment for us lies in the field of cohesion, meaning infrastructure in particular," stated Remišová, adding that investments in roads and motorways as well as high-speed internet connections are still lacking.

Remišová wants individual targets to be included in a "large, national consultation." "The plan that we're drafting today won't apply to a single Government only," she said, adding that it's thus imperative for the plan to recruit the widest possible support across the political spectrum.

The strategic aims have drawn comment from Remišová's predecessor, Richard Raši. "I'm glad that Ms. Remišová copied the aims and priorities for the upcoming programme period from the materials drafted under my leadership, as unlike her I discussed them with experts, mayors and social partners from the beginning," said Raši, voicing his hope that Remišová won't make any of her own adjustments to the materials.

Anca Dragu, Photo: TASR