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The European Commission endorsed the Slovak plan on 21 June 2021. The recovery plan of Slovakia will invest €6.3 million in measures to support the twin digital and green transition. The plan is in line with the requirement of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility of 20% dedicated to digital objectives, with 21% of the budget going towards digital skills and digitalisation. Slovakia spends € 298 million on digital skills, or around 5% of its total budget (similarly to the EU average). Nearly all investments for digital skills will support IT services, digital skills, and digital inclusion. The European Commission estimates that 2.4% of the budget will be dedicated to advanced digital skills, placing Slovakia well above the EU average and at 6th position amongst EU Member States. 

The European Council adopted the Slovak plan on 13 July 2021, setting Slovakia on course to access recovery and resilience funding. 

Key measures to support digital skills  

The plan foresees key measures to support Slovakia’s digital transition through substantial investments across 3 priorities for digital skills.

Reform of education and digital infrastructure for schools: digital skills in education   

The plan foresees an investment of €187 million to support the development of schools’ digital infrastructure and modernising the national education system. The development of digital skills to meet the challenges of the digital transformation is among the main goals of the educational system reform. This includes a focus on new and modernised curricula, inclusive education and a lifelong learning approach towards skills acquision. Measures in this area aim to prepare teachers for new content and forms of teaching and foster their continuous professional development, strengthening the quality of both teaching and learning. The plan also foresees support to vulnerable groups.   

Another focus is improving the performance of Slovak Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through cross-border research projects on key digital technologies, such as quantum computing and blockchain amongst others. To achieve this, the Slovak government will also increase engagement in other EU initiatives, such as the EU Digital Innovation Hubs, the EuroHPC project, and the European Blockchain Partnership

The envisaged measures put digital skills development at their core, combining revised curricula, training of teachers and investments in the digital equipment of schools. Taken together, these reforms and investments are expected to contribute to the development of a digital learning ecosystem. The Slovak plan aims to upskill at least 60% of teachers from primary and lower secondary education by the end of 2023. 

Better services for citizens and public administration reform: digital skills for all  

The Slovak plan will invest €177,5 million to develop user-friendly digital tools for citizens and make trustworthy e-government tools available and accessible to everyone. Measures under this area aim to offer high-quality digital services to everyone, support the digital transformation of the public sector, and improve the quality of administrative processes. Targeted investments aimed at developing specialised skills of information technology (IT) and cybersecurity professionals working in the public sector are also foreseen in the plan.  

To make sure the greatest number of citizens can benefit from the digitalisation of the society, the challenges faced by older people and most vulnerable groups are also addressed, in particular through supporting their digital skills development. Targeted investment in this area will deliver digital training and equipment to more than 150,000 seniors and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Digitalising businesses: digital skills for the labour force  

The remainder of the budget to support Slovakia’s digital transition - €102 million will be invested in actions to digitalise businesses and accelerate the digital transformation of the Slovak economy. One key action is the establishment of ‘voucher’ schemes and additional mentoring for businesses currently involved in digital transformation processes with the aim of supporting workforce reskilling and upskilling. Substantial investments will be made to offer further support to training providers and competence sectors in their digital skills projects and initiatives 
 
Another area of focus is healthcare, specifically when it comes to the development of digitalised solutions for medical imaging and pathology, improving the overall quality of the healthcare system, and training medical professionals and staff.   

Additional support will be made available for projects aiming at the development and application of top digital technologies, i.e. the creation of a support scheme for research, development and innovation in emerging and disruptive digital technologies, bringing together companies, SMEs, research organisations and various public authorities and services.  

Strategy Details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital skills in education.
Digital skills for all
Digital technology / specialisation
Digital skill level
Basic
Intermediate
Advanced
Digital Expert
Geographic scope - Country
Slovakia
Target language
Slovak
Type of initiative
National initiative
Budget

The total cost for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan of Slovakia is estimated at € 6 575 000 000, with €6.3 billion coming in the form of grants under the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Slovakia spends € 298 million on digital skills, or around 5% of its total budget (similarly to the EU average). Nearly all investments for digital skills will support IT services, digital skills, and digital inclusion. The European Commission estimates that 2.4% of the budget will be dedicated to advanced digital skills, placing Slovakia well above the EU average and at 6th position amongst EU Member States.  

Stakeholder Involvement

Stakeholders involved in the consultation and implementation process include: the Government of Slovakia and its associated minitries, local and regional authorities, social partners, civil society organisations, youth organisations and others. The national ownership of the recovery and resilience plans is underpinning their successful implementation and lasting impact at national level and credibility at European level.