The Slovak Public Works Association
exists in the Slovak Republic since 1990. It associates subjects,
that provide public works services or partake in its delivery. Since
1998 it's name is "Združenie organizácií verejných prác" abbreviated:
ZOVP in Slovak and in English it is "Slovak Public Works Association"
abbreviated - "SPWA" The major activities of SPWA membership
focus mainly on communal waste management, road cleaning and
maintanance incl. snow-service, public lighting, landscaping and
green maintanance, funeral and cemetery services. On these
activities focus SPWA's 6 sections for: transportation and local
roads section, waste management section , landscaping and cemeteries
section, section for public lighting, for the needs of SPWA
membership there is section for economics and legislature, and
especially in the last two years members of international affairs
section are working on establishing international contacts of SPWA.
At the present SPWA has 70 members that operate in cca 1200
communities in the Slovak Republic. The membership changes quite
often - in the meantime about 50% of the members are contributionary
and budgetary organizations set up by towns or communities - several
of these however are preparing to transform to bussines subjects.
Among other members there are bussines companies owned by
communities, companies with partial private shares but also purely
private companies. About 15% of the members are manufacturers,
supply and service organizations for equipment and know-how in
public works field. SPWA gains its financial means through
annual membership fees and through incomes from educational
activities, advertisement and propagation.
In the years 1997 - 1998 as a part
of activities of foreign institutions supporting development of self
government democracy in Central and Eastern European countries SPWA
participated in Total Quality Maintanance training program in
Slovakia. As a part of this project a Strategic Plan for upcoming 5
years was prepared and approved by SPWA bodies. Since this time SPWA
closer cooperates with other professional associations in Slovak
town and community-governments. SPWA has also established contacts
with partner public works associations in the Czech Republic, North
America and later with Hungary and Poland. These contacts are
developing and in more cases following the agreements of the
official collaboration alliance.
In the spring and in the autumn
every year General Assembly of SPWA takes place. These assemblies
have in the recent years included exhibition of communal equippment
and presentation of domestic and foreign companies from the public
works field. This kind if cooperation of communal equippment
manufacturers, resp. importers and its users, seems to be very
beneficial and perspective. This way we would like to introduce you
our association and individuall members. We hope this information
will be usefull and interesting for you and we are looking forward
to meeting you.