Minister of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic

Peter Balík was appointed Minister of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the SR on 15 May 2023.

Since 2020, he has been working at the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the SR as Director General of the Section of Innovation, Strategic Investments and Analyses (HUB). He has been coordinating the process of preparation and implementation of the Just Transition Mechanism aimed to promote selected Slovak regions in their transition towards carbon-neutral economy.

He contributed significantly to the preparation of the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation of the Slovak Republic, to the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, as well as the Catching-Up Regions Initiative. He worked on the project to support the development of smart cities and regions in Slovakia, and coordinated the activities of the Institute for Digital and Development Policies, an analytical unit of the Ministry of Investments, Regional development and Informatization of the SR.

He has also worked in the European Investment Bank as JASPERS expert on projects funded from ESIF in the areas of innovation, research and development, education, urban development and health. He was responsible for the Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition in the Slovak Republic, Poland and the Czech Republic.

He was Director of the Department of Innovative and Digital Economy at the Ministry of Economy of the SR. He contributed to the development of national strategies in the fields of innovation and digital policies and improvement of business environment in Slovakia. He worked at the Ministry of Finance of the SR where he was member of the team that developed the National Strategy to boost startups and startup ecosystem. He also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava as an economic specialist analysing investment opportunities between the USA and Slovakia and promoting transatlantic trade cooperation.

He has also worked abroad for several years as a strategic consultant for consulting companies and international organizations – including for the European Parliament in Brussels and the United Nations in New York.