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Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation Among the Most Significant Development Agencies in the EU

Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation Among the Most Significant Development Agencies in the EU

17.1.2020 | Oficiálna rozvojová pomoc | SR a EÚ | Slovensko a Európska únia

After more than a year-long comprehensive audit (the so-called Pillar Assessment EU) of the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (SAMRS), the European Commission announced that the Slovak Development Agency has been granted a certificate to implement EU-delegated tasks related to cooperation. This means that the EC may entrust to the SAMRS tasks related to the withdrawal of funds from the budget allocated to development cooperation. The audit confirmed that the SAMRS can protect the EU’s financial interests when withdrawing its funds. The Slovak Development Agency was positively evaluated in all four assessed areas: grants, the system of internal control, the accounting system, and the independent external audit.

 

“Starting now, the SAMRS can apply to manage big EU grants in the partner countries. This represents an important milestone in the development policy of our country. Out of the thirteen countries that joined the EU in 2004, only three have this kind of authorisation: the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and as of January 2020 also Slovakia. This is a big commitment but also proof of the quality of our diplomatic service”, stated Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SAMRS will pay increased attention to the efficient and transparent use of funds for development cooperation in 2020. In this context, the EC audit in another three areas will take place: information dissemination to the public, protection of personal data, and external resources.

 

In 2019, the SAMRS also obtained the Quality Management Certificate ISO 9001, which is issued by the International Organisation for Standardisation.