At today’s joint meeting of the Slovak and Czech Cabinets, Richard Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister for Investment and Informatics, and Klara Dostalova, the Czech Minister for Regional Development, signed the Memorandum of Cooperation which, besides the development of Smart Cities, also concerns co-operation on Euro-funds or transformation of coal-fired regions. Thus, they follow up on their August meeting held in Prague.
The Rasi’s Office and the Czech Ministry will work more closely on the implementation of the Euro-funds, as well as on the preparation of the Slovak and Czech positions for the next programming period. “We shall exchange experts, prepare joint analyzes and opinions during preparation for the programming period 2021-2027, share experience at the working meetings, and resolve the current issues related to Euro-funds together,” added Deputy Prime Minister.
The signing of the Memorandum shall affirm the active cooperation between the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization and the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic, conferring it an institutional character. Its main theme is the development of Smart Cities. The Czech Republic has already created the national concept that can inspire Slovakia. The document is a kind of a guideline for cities and municipalities as how to introduce smart innovations.
Our party offers know-how on calls from EU funds. In July, a mechanism was adopted to support the development of Smart Cities in Slovakia, which contains concrete solutions to support the implementation of innovative solutions in our cities and municipalities. These include both Euro-funded calls, as well as repayable forms of funding. Mayors will find the current information on all these calls on the upcoming new web platform, where we can be again inspired by the Czech model.
“Calls will be announced by the end of 2018 at the latest,” said Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister, adding that all operational programs would be involved in the scheme. “We will provide experts to the cities and municipalities that have no capacity to prepare innovative projects, who help them throughout the process. So, the Slovak municipalities will have complex conditions and financial possibilities created by the end of the year at the latest for introducing innovative solutions.”