About the presidency
Slovakia receives more than EUR 1.67 billion annually from the EU budget, and only once in the fourteen years of its membership it pays back a very small fraction of this amount to the Union, in the form of preparation and exercise of the Presidency. The expenditure on the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union is strictly linked to the preparation and exercise of the demanding duties arising from the Presidency.
The most significant item of the total planned budget of EUR 70 million covers the cost of human resources, i.e. experts, diplomats, and staff responsible for the preparation and actual exercise of the Presidency. This is also connected with spending on education and training.
The central government bodies and other government entities, both in Slovakia and abroad, have hired additional staff in connection with the Presidency. Altogether, 374 staff members are financed from the Presidency budget. In terms of the preparation and exercise of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has temporarily recruited 76 new employees. They have been employed on fixed-term contracts, usually until the end of the Presidency.
In addition, the budget covers logistics and security, cultural and social presentation, and expenditure on administrative and technical support.
A significant proportion of the funds will be spent in Slovakia, since performances, services and goods are purchased mainly in Slovakia, from Slovak providers, suppliers, producers and artists. At the same time, the Presidency supports activities of Slovak non-governmental organisations and schools.