EC: Better absorption of EU funds hindered by lack of capacity

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EC: Better absorption of EU funds hindered by lack of capacity

11. 06. 2019 14:32

The European Commission regards the lack of capacity and the absence of strategic planning as obstacles preventing the smooth absorption of European Structural and Investment Funds in Slovakia. As a result, Slovakia has already lost €120 million in EU funding in the current programming period of 2014-2020, and the redistribution of resources to final beneficiaries remains at a low level. "In addition, sub-optimal preparation of projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds has led to delayed investments and short deadlines for procurement procedures, thereby increasing the risk of irregularities," suggests the European Commission's assessment in its recommendations for Slovakia. In order to improve the drawing of EU funds, the Government has re-allocated money between operational programmes which are lagging behind in terms of drawing, such as science and research to others such as infrastructure. Meanwhile the head of the Public Procurement Office (UVO), Miroslav Hlivak, is pleased by the EC's support for professionalization in this area. He thinks that increased attention should be paid to the need to apply criteria other than price when submitting tenders, namely the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) criteria.

Anca Dragu, Photo: TASR

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