The European Commission has approved Slovakia’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, the fifth EU member state to be granted approval.
Visiting Bratislava, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the plan will allocate 43% for green investment and 21% for digital reforms, clearly meeting the Commission’s target.
The green element of the Slovak plan includes investments in new renewable energy capacities, energy efficiency, greening of private and public buildings as well as developing new infrastructure for electric vehicle charging points and public transport.
In order to support the digital transition, reforms will include investments in e-governance, the digital transformation of education and healthcare, and the digital technologies available to businesses, particularly SMEs.
“Huge emphasis here is on science development and the healthcare system. The healthcare system to me counts for resilience and if we want to be prepared for the next crisis, we need to have systems fit for the purpose,” said von der Leyen.
Civil society and the opposition had been dissatisfied with the involvement of the public in the process of creation of Slovakia’s plan. However, a senior official told EURACTIV Slovakia, that public input had been “certainly adequate.”
“Specifically, after discussions with the public, a climate adaptation component was included and investments into cycling infrastructure,” he said.
(Lucia Yar, Barbara Zmušková, EURACTIV.sk)