Pursuant to Act No 473/2003 Coll. on the Agricultural Paying Agency, on farming subsidization and on amending and supplementing certain laws, the APA was established by 1 December 2003. The Agricultural Intervention Agency together with SAPARD Agency and Ministry of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic Section of Agricultural Paying Agency were incorporated into APA. Activities associated with the pre-accession programme SAPARD had been provided by APA.
APA is a budgetary organization involved in financial relations with the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic.
As the accredited body of the state administration provides administration of supports in Agriculture, food industry, forestry and fisheries from the state budget according to the special prescriptions and as well for Agriculture, rural development and fisheries according to the special prescriptions.
It implements the measures within the programmes financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, the European Fisheries Fund, EU market regulations and State Aid schemes in the field of agriculture.
Main tasks of APA include collecting applications for funding from RDP and direct subsidies for approved assistance schemes, evaluation of eligibility for funding, payment of funding, audit into compliance with conditions for use of requested funding and monitoring of compliance with contract conditions. In addition it also provides for market organisation through CAP facilities, administration of national subsidies.
The paying agency has been authorised to establish the offices with stated scope of activities and operational area falling under it to provide execution of the activities.