Country Profile: Slovakia

AuthorNaldini, Andrea; Pompili, Marco; Peruccacci, Eleonora
Int roduct ion
Slovakia is a centralised country , wher e the evaluation cult ure is still gradually
dev eloping and th ere is no legal obli gation t o ev aluat e St ate aid schem es.
The ev aluation of public invest men ts as w ell as St ate ai d is sti ll g radu ally dev eloping in
Slovakia. I n recent years, th e gov ernment started to establish inst itutions an d em ploy
civ il serv ant s f ocuse d o n ev alu ati on of inv estm en ts fina nced by t he g ene ral gov ern me nt
budget. At present, the national coor dinat or for State aid schemes in Slovakia is the
Ant imonopol y Office, which succeeded t o the Minist ry of Fin ance.
27.1. Sect ion 1 - National r ules for t he evaluation of St ate aid schem es
27.1 .1 . Obligat ion or lack ther eof to evaluat e
I n Sl ovak ia the re is no l egal, ad minist ra tiv e or oth er oblig at ion reg ardi ng the ev aluat ion
of nat ional State aid. Evaluation procedures are m andatory only for ESI F operat ional
program m es. However, some legal obligations ar e in force with respect to t he
assessment of investment proj ects financed b y public fundin g.
The Slovak govern ment reformed the investm ent assessm ent process in 20 17 b y
adopt ing the Public Investment Project Assessm ent Framework. The Government
def ined a m et hodological framework f or t he process and preparat ion of large
investm ent proj ects and their assessm ent in line wit h the “Value for Money ” p rinciples.
Moreov er, the Ministry of Economy is providing regional inv estm ent aid aim ed at
increasing th e com petitiveness and econom ic development of least developed regions
via initial investm ent support. Alth ough the Ministry does not carry out evaluations of
these in vestment s, t he eligibilit y cr it eria for support are legally binding and each
potential beneficiary needs to f ulfil t he cr it er ia. Any business registered in Slovak ia
whose investment project fulfils t he conditions for being gr anted investm ent aid un der
the Region al In vest me nt Aid Act may ap ply fo r r egio nal inv estme nt aid. Th e in vest me nt
proj ect mu st su ccessfully pass the process of investm en t aid application assessment
and r egional investment aid approval. There is n o legal entitlem ent to bein g granted
regional invest ment aid.
27.1 .2 . Proced ures t o enfor ce t he o bligation
Even if no legal obligations exist to evaluate State aid schemes, some legal obligations
are in force with respect to t he invest men t p roj ects.
The Ministry of Finance is obligated to prepar e and publish the assessment of th e
investm ent pr oj ects fun ded fro m publ ic r esour ces of the g ener al g over nm ent with cost s
above EUR 40 m illion., or above EUR 10 m illion in the area of inform ation technology.
The spending r ev ision is car ried out by the Valu e for Money Unit at the Ministry of
The im plem entation of the measures identified by t he r evisions conduct ed since
2017 are m onit ored by the Implementat ion Unit located at Deputy Prim e Min ist er ‘s
Off ice for I nvestment s and I nformatisat ion of t he Slov ak rep ublic.

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