About the presidency
Patronage and grant scheme
Public engagement is seen as essential by the Slovak Presidency. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic seeks to bolster the visibility of events that actively engage the public in the preparation and execution of the Presidency, increase awareness of its priorities, and encourage discussions on issues concerning the European Union. Support from the ministry for such events may be non-financial (patronage) or financial (grant scheme).
Patronage for events may be requested until the end of 2016. The closing date for grant applications has expired. The ministry has, to date, provided financial and non-financial assistance to dozens of projects.
“For financial and organisational reasons, the top events during our Presidency take place in Bratislava. However, we care about making sure that the Presidency and European topics reach also regions, cities, towns and villages throughout Slovakia.”
Ivan Korčok, Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Presidency
Patronage – Logo and Promotion
Events that have received non-financial support, i.e. the patronage of the Slovak Presidency, may use the Presidency logo and benefit from promotion on the Presidency’s website and social network accounts. Some of the events can be attended by a representative of the ministry.
Patronage may be requested by non-governmental organisations, local and regional authorities, schools, as well as individuals.
The terms and conditions governing the granting of patronage and the application for the granting of patronage are available here.
Financial support for events, or the grant scheme, seeks to engage the general public in Slovakia and ensure that information and discussions of topics concerning the Slovak Presidency and the European Union reach all of its regions.
Events, seminars, conferences and workshops aimed at educating the public were eligible for assistance. Schools, non-governmental organisations, civil associations, business associations and foundations were all eligible for assistance.