Slovenia submits first request for the payment of funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility
As announced yesterday by the Minister of Finance, Klemen Boštjančič, at the press conference following the session of the Government, the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Recovery and Resilience, a body within the Ministry of Finance, today forwarded to the European Commission a request for the payment of the first instalment of grants from the European Resilience and Recovery Facility.
Under the implementing decision approving the assessment of Slovenia’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, the gross value of the first instalment is EUR 57 million, while the net value is EUR 49.6 million, as the European Commission will take into account the proportionate amount of the prepayment received in calculating that payment. Back in September 2021, Slovenia received a prepayment of grants from the Recovery and Resilience Facility in the amount of EUR 231 million. Slovenia was required to achieve the following milestones before submitting its request for the payment of the first instalment of funds:
- Adoption of the Strategy for the Digital Transformation of the Corporate Sector;
- Publication of a call for the expression of interest in a new project in connection with the next-generation cloud;
- Completion of a list of potential participants in the joint project;
- Entry into force of amendments to the Investment Promotion Act with the aim promoting the green transition;
- Entry into force of the Decree on development incentives for tourism;
- Establishment and functioning of the Council for IT Development in State Administration;
- Entry into force of amendments to the Public Procurement Act;
- Alignment of Slovenian public procurement databases with the database of the European Commission, and the submission of the data required for the full publication of public procurement indicators in the Single Market Scoreboard;
- Entry into force of the Act Governing Forms of Alternative Investment Funds;
- Entry into force of the De-Bureaucratisation Act;
- Adoption by the Government of a national regulation laying down procedures for the implementation of audits and controls in accordance with applicable Union and national legislation, and guidelines of the coordinating body; establishment of the Office for the Implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, and upgrading of the repository system for audits and controls: information for monitoring implementation of the RRP; and
- Establishment of a national model for monitoring the quality of long-term care.
In accordance with the legislative framework for implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the European Commission must evaluate if the milestones and objectives have been implemented satisfactorily within two months after receiving a request.
More information regarding the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, which is being financed by European funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, can be found on the website noo.gov.si.