Cabinet: Over 1,500 Jobs to Be Created in Trebisov District

Cabinet approves action plan for Trebisov district (photo by TASR)

Trebisov, August 24 (TASR) – As many as 1,540 new jobs should be created in Trebisov district (Kosice region) by 2020, according to an action plan aimed at reducing the high unemployment rate in the area that was approved by the Cabinet at its away-session in the town of Trebisov on Wednesday.

At the same time, the Government passed a local contribution of €5.815 million for the district by 2020. The total estimated financial investment in the district over five years is €114.43 million. Of this, €83.05 million should be covered from public resources and €31.37 million from other and own resources.

“There is a very reasonable chance of creating 1,540 new jobs by 2020. It’s a realistic plan, we’re up for it,” said Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD). “In terms of money, the area chiefly needs support in the field of agriculture, food production, fruit growing. It’s world-famous for its Tokay vineyards, and so €500,000 has been allocated for this field,” stated Fico.

Among other project plans to be supported Fico mentioned €500,000 for manufacturing industry and services – investments in the printing industry, municipal waste separation and the expansion of an engineering firm engaged in producing ovens for bakeries. The action plan also includes support for launching a business incubator in Kralovsky Chlmec (Kosice region), building a Tokay wine saloon and setting up at least six social enterprises in Trebisov, Kralovsky Chlmec, Velky Hores, Velaty, Vojcice and Kuzmice (all Kosice region) with total support of €1.85 million.

Money will also go on building training centres at social enterprises and local education centres in Secovce, Kralovsky Chlmec and Pribenik (all Kosice region). The support also includes opening a nursery school in Trebisov and reconstructing a swimming pool in Trebisov and an amphitheatre in Kralovsky Chlmec.

“It’s a region in which we have some ‘hot potatoes’ like Vojany power station [which is allegedly threatened with closure – ed. note]. There may be prospects for projects related to a wide-gauge railway,” added Fico.

Trebisov district, which borders both Ukraine and Hungary, has recorded high unemployment figures over the long term. Unemployment reached 22.4 percent in late 2013 and 18.4 percent in December 2015. It currently stands at around 17 percent.