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Historical milestone in Slovakia’s RRF: large-scale renovation of family houses begins

Slovakia began the large-scale renovation of family houses using funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), with Prime Minister Eduard Heger reminding that the RRF is primarily oriented towards helping the citizens of Slovakia.

“The Recovery Plan is for the people, it is close to the people, it helps the people and that’s how we built it,” he said. “I am glad that our historically largest renovation of family houses has fully started and the first contracts are being signed with successful applicants.”

Overall, Slovakia’s plan will be supported by 6.3 billion euros in grants: 43 per cent of the plan will support climate objectives and 21 per cent will support the digital transition. Out of this, an investment of 528 million euros will be made for a large-scale renovation to make at least 30,000 family houses more energy-efficient.

According to the Minister of the Environment, Ján Budaj, due to the rise of energy prices and the high rate of inflation, the renovation of old houses is one of the best investments that can be made at this time.

“We consider the restoration plan and especially this family house restoration program, to be the flagship of this historical time,” emphasised the Minister.

The plan supports a comprehensive renovation of family houses promoting improved energy performance and adaptation to the changing climate (including green roofs, water retention systems and so on). The investment of 528 million euros will result in the renovation of 30,000 family houses and on average at least 30 per cent primary energy savings. In addition, the investment will promote the recycling of construction materials and prevention of demolition waste supported by a reform offering simplified and user-friendly access to the support schemes.

In the first two pilot calls, which have been open since mid-October, 30 million euros from the RRF have been allocated for the restoration of family homes. Calls will close on 28 February or when the funds are exhausted. The remaining 500 million euros will be available for the next four years.

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