Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Roma Inclusion

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic
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Date of approval:
Total amount:
Norway Grants fund:
€ 13,810,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary


Strengthened social and economic cohesion

Programme summary

Programme Concerns

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

In addition, pre-defined projects in the following areas shall be considered: building on and scaling up the project "Creation of an accredited programme of innovative education for teaching staff of primary schools to increase their intercultural competence in the educational process of Roma pupils", implemented by the National Institute of Pedagogy, supported by the SK04 programme of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, as well as new initiatives on inclusive education and on the process Of diagnosing and re-diagnosing children with special educational needs. Cooperation with Norwegian entities at project level shall be encouraged, including, but not restricted to considering partnerships with the European Wergeland Centre and the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue.

The programme shall contribute to fostering local development and to reducing poverty, with a strong focus on vulnerable groups at high risk of exclusion, such as Roma. It shall implement cost-efficient and sustainable measures that integrate education, housing, employment and health components. Establishing multi-functional youth centers, targeted at vulnerable children and youth, in the least developed regions of Slovakia shall be further explored during the development of the concept note, as well as the cooperation of the centers with mediators from Roma communities.

The relevant public institution(s) in the Slovak Republic in charge of the cross-cutting policy area in question, the relevant ministries and Plenipotentiaries, especially the Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities, shall be actively involved in the preparation and implementation of the programme, including, when feasible, as member(s) of the Cooperation Committee.

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.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.