Kiska: Norwegian Funds Should Be Earmarked for Innovations

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Slovak President Andrej Kiska (stock photo by TASR)

Oslo/Bratislava, June 4 (TASR-correspondent) – Slovakia has Norwegian Funds at its disposal that might help the country foster development in various areas, believes Slovak President Andrej Kiska, who is on a three-day official visit to Norway.

“We enjoy wonderful relations with Norway; it’s a country that we have no problems with. Rather, there’s the issue of how we can develop our ties further and what we can do better,” said Kiska after meeting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday.

Slovakia is entitled to draw up to €113 million from Norwegian Financial Mechanism and European Economic Area funds in 2014-21. According to Solberg, the resources should be funnelled into innovations, an upgrade to smart cities, cooperation between Norwegian and Slovak firms and the modernisation of technologies. She believes that cooperation with Norwegian firms would safeguard the efficiency of the drawing process.

This sentiment was echoed by Kiska, who concurs that investments should be earmarked for innovations. “We should also use Norwegian Funds to build a civic society that would say ‘no’ to arrogance,” said the president, adding that some politicians subscribe to the delusion that they own the state, meaning that countries with a weak civic society run the risk of losing democracy. Another avenue of use for the Funds could be the Roma issue.