Bratislava’s City Council approved the budget for 2021

The city continues to build new transport infrastructure and rental housing as well as revitalise public spaces.

Despite the difficult macroeconomic situation caused by the coronavirus, Bratislava City Council has ambitious plans for the year ahead. The main plan is to continue with ongoing projects, especially in transport and public infrastructure, the environment, maintenance of the city and social justice.

City councillors approved the budget on December 17 and the city council is prepared to change the budget if the situation requires.

Mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo said: “In 2020, we used to open the budget and change it due to the pandemic. We will not resist doing this in 2021, either. We will monitor where the money is spent, where it is not being spent and where it needs to be transferred.”

Furthermore, the city council does not plan any increases in local taxes, but assumes their better collection including tax arrears. Contrary to this, the ban on ambling will cost the city about €4 million in non-tax revenues annually.

In the year ahead, the city council will continue working on the construction of the second phase of the tram line in Petržalka. The tram line from Bosákova Street to Janíkov Dvor should be put into operation in December 2023 at the latest. It will further work on preparations for the modernisation of the Ružinovská and Vajnorská tram tracks, the trolleybus line from Patrónka to Riviéra, a new line in the Nivy area, the reconstruction of pavements, construction and maintenance of cycling paths, the purchase of new public transport vehicles and construction of car parks.

During the second half of 2021, the city council plans to launch the postponed city parking policy, while it should start putting revenue in the city’s pocket already in 2021.

The city council will continue revitalising Sad Janka Kráľa park in Petržalka, planting new greenery and building facilities for biowaste recovery. It plans to build new parks in the boroughs of Karlova Ves and Old Town, as well as repair the Družba fountain on Námestie Slobody Square.

Another big project, on which the city council is already working for some time, is the revitalisation of the SNP Námestie, Kamenné Námestie and Námestie Nežnej Revolúcie squares, creating one of the most important public spaces in the very centre of Bratislava.

Based on many years of analysis and surveys and an architectural tender, the city wants to create a unified public space. The winner of the tender to prepare a new design of this space should be announced in early 2021.

The revitalisation of Komenského Square in the city centre and Partizánska Lúka meadow is also in the pipeline, part of the Železná Studnička recreational area on the outskirts of the city.

The city council continues to build its own municipal company, whose aim will be to improve, in cooperation with individual boroughs, winter and summer maintenance of roads and pavements. Another important project is building rental flats when the city council continues to work on 12 rental housing projects.

“If all goes well, the first projects, plan to be completed in this election period [ending in December 2022], will bring at least 100 rental flats; another 500 will be in the process of the construction or procurement processes,” said Rajčanová.