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With a special conference on “Energy Options in Nitra Region” on 17 May 2010 and a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Dušan Čaplovič at the “Jeseň života” Social Service Facility in Domadice, District of Levice, one of three energy plants to burn biomass was put into operation.

Special conference, analysis (82KB)

http://stv.livetv.sk/tvarchive//video/video.html?video=52222

The European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms are two separate financial assistance instruments based on common principles. This assistance is funded by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, with Norway contributing approximately 97% of the total volume of available financial resources. The Government of the Slovak Republic, which has been established as the National Contact

Point for these financial mechanisms, is currently administering about 70 million euros, designated for the Slovak Republic in 2004 – 2009. The financial mechanisms are being implemented under the auspices of Deputy Prime Ministry of the Slovak Republic for Knowledge Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities Dušan Čaplovič.

The basic objective of the financial mechanisms is to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities between regions in the European Economic Area, which in addition to all Member States of the European Union also includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

In achieving this goal, it is necessary to take into account the fundamental values that underpin implementation of the financial mechanisms. These values have been identified as solidarity, opportunity and cooperation, and they are equally essential for both the donor states and the Slovak Republic.

Projects are being implemented in nine priority areas which are very diverse, ranging from support for the preservation of cultural heritage, through the development of human resources, to environmental protection.

At present, requests for non-reimbursable funds have already been received. Slovakia was able to award contracts for more than 100 projects, of which 7 are block grants and 93 are individual projects. More than 99% of the total net allocation of approximately 65 million euros has been contracted out. Projects submitted by applicants from the public and third sectors are co-financed up to 15% from the

Slovak Republic’s state budget, which constitutes a significant contribution by Slovakia to overall funding from these financial mechanisms. Funds need to be drawn by 30 April 2011.

The European Commission is currently negotiating with the donor countries over the new programming period for the EEA Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism, though an international agreement to create a legal framework for these mechanisms in 2009 – 2014 has at the moment not yet been concluded.

Card – Specialized conference (PDF 137KB)

Domadice

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Lontov

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Ľela

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On 17. – 18. March 2010, a preliminary financial audit was conducted at the site of Project SK0083 by the audit team from the National Contact Point – Government of the Slovak Republic. The onsite audit included factual verification of Payment Request Nos. 09001 and 10003, a physical examination of the completed project (an assessment of invoiced construction work) and a check on whether the project had been advertised at social services facilities as well as a verification of whether the accounting was correct in regard to the individual project. The audit team also examined construction logs at the Lontov, Leľa and Domadice sites. All contracting parties, project team members and representatives from the Strategic Activities Department of the Nitra Self-governing Region took part in the onsite audit. The report of the onsite audit indicated that no weaknesses were found.

Department of Strategy and Regional Development, Strategic Activities Department

The third audit as part of the “Energy assessment of selected facilities operated by the Nitra Self-governing Region” project took place on 26 October 2009 at the following social services facilities: “PLATAN”, Lontov; “IPEĽ”; Leľa and “Jeseň života”, Levice (Domadice operation), whose objective was to determine how construction work was moving forward, personally inspect the construction sites and address possible problems. Representatives from the construction contractor, construction sponsor and building supervisor, as well as members of external management and the project team, took part in the audit.

The second audit as part of the “Energy assessment of selected facilities operated by the Nitra Self-governing Region” project took place on 1 October 2009 at the following social services facilities: “PLATAN”, Lontov; “IPEĽ”; Leľa and “Jeseň života”, Levice (Domadice operation), whose objective was to determine the current status in construction work and personally inspect the construction sites. Representatives from the construction contractor, construction sponsor and building supervisor, as well as members of external management and the project team, took part in the audit. The first audit, whose objective was to determine the current status and meet with directors of the individual facilities, had taken place on 30 July 2009.

The Nitra Self-governing Region organized a press conference on 27 August 2009, where it communicated the launch of the individual investment project, funded from the EEA Financial Mechanism, Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the Slovak Republic National Budget. For more information, download the attached file.

EZZ – Press report (PDF, 252kB)

See a video of the press conference here: