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EU disapproves of Slovakia’s research and science cuts

The European Union plans to bring up Slovakia’s insufficient investments into science and research at its spring summit at the end of this week.

EU Commissioner Ján Figel said on March 5 that the EU’s regular report mentions the new government’s reduce investments in these areas.

While Slovakia promised a year ago to invest 1.8 percent of its GDP in science and research, this year these investments were reduced to only 0.8 percent of GDP. All EU countries have agreed to be investing 3 percent of GDP into science and research by 2010.

Figel said he is aware of the fact that Slovakia needs to cut costs in order to meet the Euro zone entry criteria, but that the cuts have to be reasonable. Figel insisted that innovation and life-long education is irreplaceable.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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