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Collection, processing, storing, growing and placement into circulation of forest reproductive material

This activity constitutes a regulated trade.

In order to pursue a regulated trade, the person wishing to conduct the activity must obtain a certificate of trade authorisation issued by the relevant District (Trade Licence) office, acting as the Point of Single Contact (PSC), according to the place of residence of a natural person, registered office of a legal person, the address of a place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the address of a place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking, based on a trade notification.

In order to obtain a certificate of trade authorisation, the applicant must comply with the general and specific conditions for the pursuit of the trade and must pay an administrative fee of € 15 (€ 7.5 in the event of electronic notification of the trade) per regulated trade.

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Once all the conditions have been fulfilled, natural persons with residence in an EU or OECD Member State, legal persons already registered in the Business Register and legal persons that are not subject to registration in the Business Register may start their business already on the day of trade notification. The PSC shall issue a trade licence within 3 business days of the date, when the trade notification and statements from the register of criminal records had been delivered to it.

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General and specific conditions for the pursuit of the regulated trade:

A natural person or legal person wishing to pursue a regulated trade must fulfil the general and specific conditions for the pursuit of the trade:

  • the general conditions for the pursuit of a regulated trade are the following:
       - age 18 and above;
       - full legal capacity;
       - clean criminal record (evidenced by a statement from the register of criminal records)
  • a specific condition for the pursuit of a regulated trade is the demonstration of professional aptitude

Note:
Fulfilment of general conditions by a Slovak legal person: the general conditions apply to the statutory body or responsible representative, if appointed; the specific conditions apply to the appointed responsible representative, unless otherwise stipulated in the Trades Act. In the event of a foreign person’s undertaking, the general conditions apply to the head of the foreign person’s undertaking and, in the case of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking, the head of that organisational unit.
Statements from the register of criminal records: natural persons with residence and legal persons with registered office in the Slovak Republic, to whom the condition of a clean criminal record applies, shall provide the data necessary for requesting a statement from the register of criminal records maintained by the General Prosecution of the Slovak Republic. Persons who are not Slovak nationals shall document their fulfilment of the condition of a clean criminal record by a statement from the register of criminal records issued in their home Member State or a natural person’s Member State of origin or, where such statements are not being issued, an equivalent document issued by the relevant court or administrative body or, where such documents are not issued within 2 months of request, an affidavit. The document may be dating back no more than 3 months and must be translated into the state language.

Professional aptitude for the pursuit of this regulated trade is evidenced by the following:

  • a certificate of professional aptitude.

A natural person may be a certificate holder if he/she:

  1. has completed vocational secondary education in forestry or vocational secondary education with specialisation in plant growing, or a tertiary education in forestry or in a field specialising on plant growing, and has passed an aptitude test to work with forest reproductive material; or
  2. is a holder of an equivalent certificate issued by a Member State;

A natural person-entrepreneur or a legal person may be a certificate holder if:

  1. they employ or have otherwise contracted a natural person who meets the aforementioned requirements;
  2. is incorporated in a business register or other similar register.

Professional preparatory training for applicants and training for certificate holders is organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic. A natural persons who is a certificate holder is required to participate, once in five years, in a training course organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic.

A person from the Community (EU, EEA and Switzerland) may practice a regulated profession in Slovakia provided that his/her professional qualifications have been recognised by the competent Slovak authority.

The competent Slovak authority responsible for this trade is:

Trade License Department of the District Office shall issue a trade license certificate to a person from the Community after submitting a certificate of recognition of professional qualifications.

You can ask the competent authority for recognition of professional qualifications also through an online portal - electronic online form "general agenda" (“všeobecná agenda”).

Additional information concerning the trade

This registered trade involves collection, processing, storage, growing and putting in circulation of forest reproductive material. Forest reproductive material includes:

  1. seeds or seed units such as fruits, cones or infructescenses;
  2. planting stock, that is seeds intended for sowing;
  3. parts of plants intended for the production of planting stock;
  4. planting stock such as seedlings and sets obtained from seeds, parts of plants or from natural regeneration;
  5. a seedling which is a young plant grown from a seed whose root system has not been modified;
  6. a set which is a young plant grown from a seed or a part of a plant whose root system has been modified.

The production of forest reproductive material means collection, processing and conditioning of seed units, seeds and parts of plants for vegetative propagation, collection of seedlings from natural regeneration and the growing of planting stock.

Marketing means storing, offering for sale, sale, trade exchange, import or other ways of disposal of forest reproductive material (e.g. donation).

The collection of forest reproductive material means organising and arranging for the taking of the material by a person who holds a certificate of professional aptitude to work with forest reproductive material.


An entrepreneur shall:

  • Set up an establishment (the establishment may also be set up after the date of trade notification), designate it and notify its setting up to the PSC no later than on the date of setting up. The establishment must be approved by the Regional Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic.
  • Demonstrate authorisation to use the real-estate property: a natural person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real-estate property indicated as the place of business, if the address of the place of business is different from the address of residence; a foreign person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real estate property indicated as the place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking. A legal person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real-estate property indicated as its registered office, with the exception of legal persons that are subject to registration in the Business Register; a foreign person shall demonstrate authorisation to use the real estate property indicated as the place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking. 
  • Notify the scope of its business, the location and name of establishments, if set up, including the addresses, and the mailing address, if different from the registered office or place of business, to the Assay Office of the Slovak Republic in writing within 15 days of commencement of business activities.

Administrative fees

Issuance of a certificate of trade authorisation per regulated trade € 15
Issuance of a certificate of trade authorisation per regulated trade submitted electronically € 7.50

The fee may be paid:

  1. in the form of an e-stamp tax ("kiosk", Slovak Post Office);
  2. in the form of a cash or card payment to the relevant administrative authority;
  3. for electronic submission by a wire transfer from a bank account.

Notification of a regulated trade (how and where to notify a trade)

A regulated trade notification may be submitted:

- electronically via the Central Public Administration Portal of the Slovak Republic at this link and press "Enter the portal" (instruction for sending electronic forms)

or

- in person at the relevant local PSC according to the address of permanent residence in the event of a natural person or registered office in the event of a legal person;  in the event of foreign persons, the relevant local PSC depends on the address of a place of business of a foreign person’s undertaking or the address of a place of business of an organisational unit of a foreign person’s undertaking

Note:
By filling in and sending either electronic or paper notification form the entrepreneur has fulfilled all procedures necessary for starting a business. Where a trade is notified by a natural person, the PSC shall automatically handle registration with the Tax Office, registration in the mandatory health insurance system and, in the event of a Slovak natural person, also a statement from the register of criminal records free of charge. The use of these services is mandatory for natural persons. For legal persons, the PSC shall automatically provide a statement from the register of criminal records; other PSC services, such as registration in the Business Register, taxpayer registration and notification, and registration in the mandatory health insurance system are voluntary for legal persons.

Annexes to trade notification:

  1. document demonstrating professional aptitude of an entrepreneur or a responsible representative, if appointed (e.g. a document certifying completion of the relevant field of training or study, evidence of practical experience, etc.);
  2. authorisation to use the real estate property if the address of the place of business is different from the address of residence in the case of a natural person or from the registered office in the case of a legal person; 
  3. a statement from the register of criminal records in the case of persons who are not Slovak nationals; 
  4. responsible representative’s consent to his/her appointment, if appointed (form available for download)
  5. other documents

 

Last modified: 16. 1. 2020

 

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Related legislation:

  • Act No. 455/1991 Coll. on Trade Licensing as amended
  • Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic No. 501/2010 Coll. laying down the details on the production of forest reproductive material and its marketing

Note:
The applicable wording of acts is available at: https://www.slov-lex.sk/domov

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