Cross-border Cooperation / Good Governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic
Programme ID:
SK-GOVERNANCE
Programme Donors
BAR
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€8,500,000
EEA Grants fund:
€8,500,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Integrity and accountability of public administration improved

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement. 

The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat is the Donor Programme Partner (DPP). The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is the International Partner Organisation (IPO). 

The programme objective is “Integrity and accountability of public administration improved”. The programme shall support projects within the following Programme Areas (PAs): 

  • PA 16 “Good Governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency” 

Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Integrity of public administration improved” (Outcome 1), the outcome “Slovak-Ukrainian institutional cooperation enhanced” (Outcome 3) and the outcome “Increased application of the Value for Money principle in public procurement” (Outcome 4). 

Outcome 1 shall be supported by way of the pre-defined project (PDP) “Improving Integrity of the Public Administration/IIPA” (PDP no. 1). 

Outcome 3 shall be supported by way of a call for projects focusing on institutional cross-border cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine related to good governance. There will also be one small grant scheme (SGS) with the same theme and focus as the call for projects mentioned above. Finally, outcome 3 shall be supported by the pre-defined project “TRIGLAV- Strengthen the fight against CBRN threats at the Slovakian-Ukrainian border” (PDP no. 4). 

Outcome 4 shall be supported by way of the pre-defined project “Responsible public procurement” (PDP no. 3). 

  • PA 21 “Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Judicial System, Strengthening Rule of Law” 

Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Quality of the judicial system improved” (Outcome 2) by way of the pre-defined project “Enhancing the efficiency of the judicial system through the protection/empowerment of victims and vulnerable parties” (PDP no. 2). 

Programme Concerns

A maximum level of funding available from the total eligible expenditure of the programme for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.

Cross-border cooperation (CBC) with the Ukraine In addition to the pre-defined project mentioned below, measures fostering institutional cross-border co-operation shall be supported through open calls. At least € 2.5 million shall be set aside under this component for this purpose. The participation of the Barents Secretariat, as Donor Programme Partner, shall be limited to this component of the programme.

The programme shall address two main components: Good governance: Improving the efficiency and transparency of the Slovak state institutions. Projects addressing anti-corruption, a more efficient public procurement system and the efficiency of the judiciary shall be prioritised under this component. A pre-defined project, contributing to the improvement of the public procurement environment, the application of the principles of value for money and Results Based Management in Slovakia, may be considered during the concept note phase, in cooperation with the OECD.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 75,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.