Pellegrini’s Office on Informatisation, EU Funds and Investments Set Up

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Vice-premier for Investments Peter Pellegrini. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, June 1 (TASR) – More effective drawing of EU Funds, stricter evaluation of IT projects and professional management of large investments are the main goals of the Office of the Vice-premier for Investments and Informatisation that was set up officially as of Wednesday.

Three spheres that had been divided among other bodies have thus been transferred under the remit of Vice-premier Peter Pellegrini. These include the informatisation section, which had belonged to the Finance Ministry, and the section of European structural and investment funds governance, which came under the Central Coordination Body belonging to the Government Office. Meanwhile, an investment governance section has been newly created.

According to Pellegrini, the previous arrangements were incapable of ensuring enough dynamism vis-a-vis current rapid developments in IT technologies and new trends.

“Slovakia wasn’t able to compete with other models abroad, such as in Britain and Estonia. I feel a great deal of responsibility for the functioning of this new office, and I believe that we’ll ensure that people will see real positive changes,” said Pellegrini.

The new office plans to communicate intensely with the non-profit sector and various initiatives that were rather critical of the previous arrangement.

“We need to boost transparency, optimise projects that are being carried out and effectively enforce the necessary legislative changes,” said Pellegrini.

The office will have some 200 employees, most of them transferring from the aforementioned relevant places of work.