Slovakia’s transport ministry believes it will persuade the European Commission that EU budget funds should be used for the country’s road infrastructure despite the Commission prioritising rail.
For the self-governing regions, EU funds are a key means of financing the maintenance of lower-class roads, which are used by almost half of the population every day, yet almost half of them are in unsatisfactory condition.
In particular, the self-governing regions are concerned about whether they can continue relying on EU funds when repairing roads in categories II. and III., which they are responsible for. In Slovakia, up to 77% of road infrastructure belongs to these categories that are used by almost half the population on a daily basis. However, up to 44% of category II. roads are in poor or unsatisfactory condition.
Slovakia is trying to convince the Commission that ring roads can also be considered “green” because they help divert some traffic away from the cities, and improve the living conditions of inhabitants living near such roads.
It is likely that Bratislava will be able to persuade the Commission to release at least part of the funds, Transport Deputy Minister Jaroslav Kmet’ told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Slovak roads have so far been funded by the Regional Operational Programme. In the new period, a portion of funding shall remain dedicated to road infrastructure as well. (Lucia Yar | EURACTIV.sk)