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Slovakia not invested in science

SLOVAKIA ranks the last out of the 25 EU members in terms of the state's expenditures on science and research, the private news agency SITA wrote, referring to a statement by Branislav Petko of the Slovak Academy of Science (SAV).

"The situation in Slovakia is almost hopeless," he said.

The Slovak budget allocates 0.3 percent of the country's GDP for science and research, instead of the recommended minimum of 1 percent of GDP.

"This is proof that the government is not interested in science and research," Petko said.

By the end of this year, the SAV budget will reach Sk1.4 billion (€35 million). According to the 2005 - 2007 budget plan, the academy's budget chapter should be abolished as an individual item and included in the budget chapter of the education sector instead.

Petko expects such a move will mean that "the SAV will lose all of its competitiveness in Europe and rest of the world".

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