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The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU

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The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU (Agency), was founded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on January 1, 2007. Its main objective is to provide assistance for the implementation process of EU Structural Funds, in the program period 2007 – 2013.

The Agency fulfills the function of an Intermediate body under the Managing authority. In other words, it carries out activities within the scope of tasks delegated by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic as the Managing authority for the Operational Programme Education and Operational Programme Research and Development. The goal of the Agency is to provide for the continuous process of the acceptance, assessment, financial management and monitoring of projects.

Operational Programme Education

The OP Education is the program document for the program period 2007 – 2013, upon which the support for the development of human resources with the use of the European Social Fund and national resources will be provided. This document is based on the structure of the National Strategic Referential Framework of the Slovak Republic for the program period 2007 – 2013.

The global goal of the OP Education is the provision of the long term competitiveness of the Slovak Republic by adjusting the education system to the needs of the knowledge society.

The following priority axes were established for the purpose of the fulfillment of the global goal of the OP Education:

1. Reform of the Education and Vocational Training System

2. Life-long Learning as the Basic Principle of a Knowledge Society

3. Support to Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs

4. Modern Education for the Knowledge Society for the Bratislava region

The priority axes will be fulfilled through the following measures:

1.1 Transformation of Traditional School into Modern One

1.2 Tertiary Schools and Research and Development as the Driving Forces in the Development of the Knowledge Society

2.1 Support to Life-long Learning

2.2 Support to Life-long Learning in the Health Sector

3.1 Raising the Educational Level of Members of the Marginalised Roma Communities

3.2 Raising the Educational Level of Persons with Special Educational Needs

4.1 Transformation of Traditional School into Modern One for the Bratislava region

4.2 Raising Competitiveness of the Bratislava Region by Developing the Tertiary Education and Life-long Learning

Within the framework of the OP Education, the overall financial allocation for the Slovak Republic for 2007 – 2013, a total of 600,000,000 euros have been allocated for the Goal Convergence and 17,801,578 euros for the Goal Regional Competitiveness and Employment.

 

Operational Programme Research and Development

 

Operational Programme Research and Development (OP R&D) is a programme document of the Slovak Republic, based on which the assistance will be provided for the development of the knowledge economy in 2007-2013. The document defines the global objectives, the priority axes, measures and activities that will be supported on territories covered by the Convergence and Regional competitiveness and employment objectives in 2007 - 2013, using the financial assistance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) resources as well as national resources. This document is based on the structure of the National Strategic Referential Framework of the Slovak Republic for the programme period 2007 – 2013.

The global goal of the OP Research and Development is to modernize and make more effective the system of research and development, support and to improve the infrastructure of higher schools which will enable them to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the economy, decreasing regional disparities, establishing new innovative (high-tech) small and medium-sized enterprises, creating new employment opportunities and improving the conditions of the educational process at higher schools.

 

The following priority axes were established for the purpose of meeting the global goal of the OP Research and Development:

1 Infrastructure of  research and development

2 Support to research and development 

3 Infrastructure of  research and development in the Bratislava region

4 Support to research and development in the Bratislava region

5 Infrastructure of higher schools

6 Technical assistance for the Convergence objective

7 Technical assistance for the Regional competitiveness and employment objective

 

The priority axes will be met through the following measures:

1.1 Modernisation and building of technical infrastructure for research and development;

2.1 Support of networks of excellence in research and development as the pillars of regional development and support to international cooperation;

2.2 Transfer of knowledge and technology from research and development into practice;

3.1 Modernisation and building of technical infrastructure for research and development in the Bratislava region;

4.1 Support of networks of excellence in research and development as the pillars of regional development and support to international cooperation in the Bratislava region;

4.2 Transfer of knowledge and technology from research and development into practice in the Bratislava region;

5.1 Building of infrastructure of higher schools and modernisation of their interior equipment with a view to improve the conditions of the education process.

 

For the 2007 – 2013 programme period a total of 883,000,000 euros have been allocated for the Research and Development Operational Programme Goal Convergence, and 326,415,373 euros have been allocated for the Goal Regional Competitiveness and Employment.

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