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Geological works

The performance of this activity is considered a business activity pursuant to separate regulations.

In order to perform geological works, applicants have to obtain a business authorisation (license) from a competent authority, issued upon applicant’s request, following the fulfilment of the conditions stipulated in an applicable separate regulation and the payment of an applicable administrative or court fee.

  • Conditions for the obtaining of an authorisation to perform geological works
  • Additional information on the performance of geological works
  • Fees for the issuance of an authorisation to perform geological works
  • Application procedure for the obtaining of an authorisation to perform geological works

With respect to activities considered a business activity under separate regulations, single points of contact (SPCs) only act as an intermediary body forwarding applications for business authorisation to a competent authority entitled to decide on the granting of the business authorisation. Once the application has been received by the competent authority, the authority communicates directly with the applicant and issues a decision on the granting of the authorisation within a statutory limit prescribed by the applicable separate regulations.

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Conditions for the obtaining of an authorisation to perform geological works

In order to obtain the authorisation, the following conditions must be met:

  1. integrity and 
  2. professional competence

A person of integrity is one who has not been legally convicted of an intentional crime or an environmental crime.
A person with professional competence is one who has obtained a master’s degree (or equivalent) in the relevant field of study and has at least three years of professional experience in the relevant field.  Professional competence of applicants is examined by the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.

Professional competence to perform geological works must be demonstrated by a natural person who

  1. is a contractor of geological works, or who represents such a contractor;
  2. represents a legal person that is a contractor of geological works;
  3. manages, coordinates and solves a geological assignment.

The professional competence requirement does not apply to the following geological works: technological works; laboratory works; field survey works and technical works, in particular drilling, underground works and earthwork; construction and operation of temporary measuring structures, injection and observation bases, testing facilities; setting up temporary work sites and access roads.   The performance of the aforementioned geological works requires the contractor to have at least three years of professional experience. The relevant professional experience must be evidenced by the submission of geological documentation.

Additional information on business activities pursuant to separate regulations

Geological works for which the geological authorisation is issued
      - geological research;
      - geological exploration of mineral deposits;
      - hydrogeological research;
      - engineering geological exploration;
      - environmental geological research;
      - geochemical works;
      - geophysical works; 
      - monitoring the environmental geological factors;
      - rehabilitation of geological sites;
      - removal of environmental burdens;
      - technological works;
      - laboratory works;
      - field survey works;
      - technical works;
      - construction and operation of temporary measuring structures, injection and observation bases, testing facilities;
      - setting up temporary work sites and access roads.

No attestation of competence is required from a natural person with permanent residence in a Member State (European Union Member States or states that are state parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area) who will perform geological works in the territory of the Slovak Republic temporarily or occasionally (temporary or occasional performance of geological works means the performance of works for not more than six months over a twelve month period and the number of geological assignments performed does not exceed three such assignments), and demonstrates that

  1. he is a national of a Member State, and
  2. is authorised to perform geological works pursuant to the legislation of another Member State.

Authorisation fees

Geological authorisation fee: €33

The fee may be paid:

  1. in the form of a stamp tax with the prescribed nominal value, paid to the relevant administrative authority;
  2. in the form of a cash payment to the relevant administrative authority;
  3. by a postal cheque to the bank account of the relevant administrative authority; or
  4. by a wire transfer from a bank account.

Where relevant operations and proceedings are carried out on the basis of an application sent by electronic means and signed with an electronic signature, the fee is reduced to 50% of the amount of the fee prescribed in the schedule of fees (up to €70 at the most).
Note: Applicants may pay the administrative fee using any of the aforementioned methods, but any payments made by electronic means in the form of a wire transfer from a bank account are only deemed paid when debited from the applicant’s account. (A payment confirmation does not have to be annexed to an electronic application for authorisation.)

Application procedure for the obtaining of an authorisation to perform geological works

In order to obtain a geological authorisation, the application for geological authorisation must be filled in and attached with the following annexes:

Natural persons:

  1. a statement from the register of criminal records, unless the applicant has applied for the statement through an SPC;
  2. information on the labour law relation of the representative of the natural person to the applicant;

Legal persons:

  1. a statement from the register of criminal records for the applicant and the representative of the legal person;
  2. information on the labour law relation of the representative of the legal person to the applicant;
  3. an original statement of incorporation in the Business  Register of the Slovak Republic, or its officially authenticated copy  (incorporation in the Business Register can be done by filling in on-line forms available at: http://www.justice.gov.sk/kop/or/or.htm),
  4. an original copy of a company agreement, or its officially authenticated copy (if the company has yet not been incorporated in the Business Register of the Slovak Republic)

Note: Foreign providers will attach non-authenticated translations into the state language of attestations of competence, if they have such translations at their disposal.   Prior to the issuance of the geological authorisation, the foreign provider (or its representative) will take part in a written aptitude test to demonstrate its knowledge of generally binding regulations governing geological works (the examination is held in the state language).

Electronic form:

Electronic forms can be found at this link and press "Enter the portal". Information about electronic procedures can be found here.

 

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