Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Subsidies for gas boilers, so-called “Kotlíkové dotácie”

Organisation: Združenie Slatinka Website: Added: August 22, 2023
Project start date: April 01, 2019
Project end date: May 01, 2019


In April 2019, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved a change to the Environmental Quality Operational Program. The goal was to reduce emissions of dust particles into the air. In addition to industrial production, the reason is inefficient heating in households. Support for replacing old solid fuel boilers with new gas boilers was supposed to help. In October 2019, the Ministry of the Environment decided to allocate funds in the amount of 30 million euros to this project. The plan has been criticized by non-governmental organizations and other interested and professional subjects as unilaterally supporting gas and thereby closing a gas trap. Instead, they proposed targeting the proposed support to improve the thermal performance of buildings and renewable energy sources. This program was eventually stopped and new calls were made for the renovation of buildings and the installation of RES.

Financial data

30 mil. EUR


Completely retreat from supporting natural gas as a false alternative to coal. On the contrary, focus on the creation and development of programs that support the renovation of buildings and the development of renewable energy sources.

Information sources

Ministry of Environment Slovakia, Friends of Earth Slovakia

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.