More Than 1,300 New Jobs to Be Created in Roznava District by 2020

Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter (left) and Prime Minister Robert Fico at a Cabinet away-session in Roznava on Wednesday (stock photo by TASR)

Roznava, September 14 (TASR) – The Cabinet on Wednesday held yet another away-session in Roznava (Kosice region) in order to adopt an action plan for reducing unemployment by creating 1,345 new jobs in the whole of Roznava district by 2020.

Of the total financial investment of at least €109 million, the action plan assumes that €65 million will be covered by public resources and €44 million from other sources. A local contribution for supporting the least developed districts worth €4.57 million should be granted as well.

Among the projects receiving support are the following: the construction of a project support centre, a regional education centre, a training centre in Dobsina and investments in nursery and primary schools in Dobsina, Krasnohorske Podhradie and Brzotin. “A further €215,000 will go to various smaller projects, such as support for agriculture, forestry, beekeeping, viticulture and craftwork production,” said Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Moreover, almost €1.3 million will be reserved for supporting social economic enterprises, such as the municipal company in Roznava, the public services centre in the village of Stitnik, the production of interlocking pavements in Roznavske Bystre and a company repairing potholes in Plesivec.

The area of tourism will receive support as well, including the reconstruction of the cable railway between Dedinky and Geravy, the restoration of a camp site and repair of the access road to Ochtinska Aragonite Cave near Roznava. “Although this road doesn’t belong to the state or to the local administration, it’s a specialised road to a cave that is one of the world’s rarities, and tourists should be able to get to it more easily,” stated Fico.

Another topic of discussion was the continuing reconstruction of Krasna Horka Castle, which burnt down in 2012. Fico said that the Government will draw up its own analysis concerning how much longer it will take to restore the building entirely. “It’s one of the pillars of tourism in this area,” he noted.

According to Government Proxy for Support of the Least Developed Districts Anton Marcincin, most of the new jobs should be created in the sectors of industrial production, agriculture, viticulture and craftwork. “Additionally, more than 400 jobs will be created in tourism and the social economy,” added Marcincin.

Roznava is among the least developed districts in Slovakia, with an unemployment rate exceeding 20 percent over the long term. The rate was as high as 23.34 percent in June 2016. The main problem is that many unemployed completed only primary education. “High unemployment among the Roma is one of the key problems that the district has to tackle,” states the action plan.