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Commission endorses positive preliminary assessment of Slovakia’s request for a €662 million disbursement under the Recovery and Resilience Facility

The Commission has endorsed a positive preliminary assessment of Slovakia’s payment request for €662 million in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This is Slovakia’s third payment request under the RRF. With their request, the Slovakian authorities provided detailed and comprehensive evidence demonstrating the satisfactory fulfilment of 21 milestones and six targets.

On 25 September 2023, Slovakia submitted to the Commission a payment request based on the achievement of the 21 milestones and six targets set out in the Council Implementing Decision for the third instalment. These cover a set of transformative reformsrelated to renewables, green and digital transition, education, research and development, as well as important investments to create new Digital Innovation Hubs.

The Slovakian recovery and resilience plan includes a wide range of investment and reform measures organised in 19 thematic components. The plan will be financed by €6.4 billion in grants.To date, Slovakia has received €1.9 billion. This includes €823 million in pre-financing, disbursed on 13 October 2021 and another €399 million disbursed to Slovakia on 29 July 2022, following the positive assessment of the first payment request. On 22 March 2023, another €709 million was disbursed to Slovakia, following the positive assessment of their second payment request.

The Commission has now sent its positive preliminary assessment of Slovakia’s satisfactory fulfilment of the milestones and targets related to this payment request to the Economic and Financial Committee (EFC), asking for its opinion. Following the EFC’s opinion, the Commission will adopt the final decision on the disbursement of the financial contribution, through a comitology committee. Following the adoption of the decision by the Commission, the disbursement to Slovakia can take place.

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A full press release and Q&A have been published online. More information on the Slovakian recovery and resilience plan can be found here.

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