Slovakia and the Czech Republic will work together to develop and support Smart Cities. Richard Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister, agreed thereon today at the meeting with Klara Dostalova, the Czech Minister for Local Development in Prague.
At the meeting, Rasi introduced a new mechanism to support the development of smart cities in Slovakia aimed to offer the mayors the available initiatives and programs to finance smart solutions in one place. In particular, it includes three steps, i.e. creating a web platform, defining activities, and publishing calls to promote smart cities. Their goal is to create a motivating environment for self-governments for them to gradually transform into smart cities and communities that improve the lives of their inhabitants.
“The Czech Republic already cumulates all the information about the Smart Cities projects in one place, but Slovakia has gone further and the Government has committed individual ministers to support their projects Promoting Smart cities also in the Euro-fund calls in all operational programs,” said Rasi.
Richard Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister, has also agreed with Klara Dostalova, the Czech Minister, to jointly promote the priorities of both countries in the negotiations on the European budget for 2021 to 2027. He stressed that both, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, would want the EU budget to be approved yet in this election period of the EC, but only on the condition that it will be suitable for both our countries and for the whole V4.
“Slovakia sees these negotiations as the main priorities in the field of cohesion, also with respect to the Slovak presidency in V4, which we took over on 1 July. Therefore, the main aim of Slovakia during the presidency is to support the maintenance of the strong position of cohesion policy in the proposed EU budget for the next period,” said R. Rasi.
According to his words, Slovakia also supports the focus on fewer targets and areas. “We do not, however, associate ourselves with the EU legislation setting the mandatory boundaries or mandatory minimum limits for individual thematic objectives or EU funds,” he said.
Rasi, Deputy Prime Minister, is also pushing for general simplification in the area of Euro-funds or simplification in the field of audits. They also agreed with Minister Dostalova to define the joint cross-border cooperation-related projects at the joint meeting of the Slovak and Slovak governments to be held on 17 September in Kosice.