The Slovak Republic overview

Cityscape at night

In the Slovak Republic we focus on:

Deepening financial intermediation and support for SMEs. The EBRD’s engagement in the financial institutions sector is focussed on further enhancement of the availability of credit finance to small and medium-sized local enterprises as well as to small municipalities with an emphasis on deepening financial intermediation to SMEs in the less developed regions of the country. The EBRD also seeks to expand programmes implemented through commercial banks providing funding and expert assistance for small energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. We are also pursuing opportunities with financial intermediaries on equity and mezzanine financing.

Supporting investments in infrastructure, energy security and energy efficiency. The EBRD is supporting the development of viable financing structures to secure long term financing for projects in the commercial infrastructure sector through co-operation with other IFIs and private sector participants. We are promoting the diversification of energy supply with a focus on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency throughout sectors to enhance energy security, reduce energy intensity and meet EU environmental targets.

Support cross border co-operation and investments of leading local entities in other countries of EBRD operations in order to enhance their regional presence.

As well as being a country where the EBRD works, the Slovak Republic is also an EBRD donor.  In 2015 the Slovak Republic approved financing totalling about €3.1 million for assignments, including €1 million each to the Sustainable Resource Initiative Policy Dialogue Framework and the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure TC Framework Facility.  It also participates in two multi-donor funds including the Western Balkans Investment Framework and the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) Fund. For the Slovak Republic it is particularly important to develop the potential for energy efficiency in the region, which will contribute to energy security and economic competitiveness.
The EBRD’s latest strategy for the Slovak Republic was adopted on 13 November 2012

Current EBRD forecast for the Slovak Republic’s real GDP growth in 2017 3.2%

Current EBRD forecast for the Slovak Republic’s real GDP growth in 2018 3.5%

The Slovak Republic has registered the highest GDP growth in the CEB region, at 3.6 per cent, over the first six months of this year. In contrast to its regional neighbours, investment growth remained positive, which was partially driven by robust private sector investment, such as the starting of projects in the automotive industry. Strong household consumption is expected to remain the key engine of growth, supported by rising disposable incomes and improvements in the labour market. Public investment is expected to accelerate only from next year, though it is conditioned on the rate of EU funds absorption, which saw some delays during the execution of the past budget. Our growth expectations for this year and next remain unchanged, at 3.2 per cent in both years.

Slovak Republic in the EBRD’s 2015-16 Transition Report