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Czechs draw more EU subsidies for education than expected in 2013 /14. 01. 2014/

The Czech Education Ministry last year failed to draw EU subsidies worth 2.8 billion Kč within the problematic Education and Competitiveness program, which is less than the originally expected loss of 5 billion and which can therefore be considered a good result, the ministry said today.

In the other European program operated by the ministry, Research and Development for Innovation, which mainly co-finances giant scientific centers, the sum drawn in 2013 exceeded the minimum limit by 3.26 billion crowns, the ministry said in a press release. Within the Education for Competitiveness program, the EU has paid out 22.7 billion Kč for Czech projects so far, which is 89 percent of the limit.

"The figure is much more optimistic than what we expected. In mid-2013 we expected a yearly loss of up to 5 billion crowns," Michal Zaorálek, deputy education minister for European programs, said. The program's fulfillment suffered from delays from the very beginning in 2007. Last year, however, problems arose in consequence of the previous half-year halt in the EU's coverage of Czech projects in 2012 over mistakes on the Czech side.

Within the Research and Innovation, projects worth 21.7 billion Kč, dating back to 2013, have been submitted to the EU for coverage so far. The minimum limit of drawing subsidies within this program in 2013 was thus crossed by 3.6 billion Kč, which outgoing Education Minister Dalibor Štys assessed as success.

The Czech Republic will no longer have a chance of investing so much in research and development, Štys said. The program co-finances the construction of six big scientific centers, including the ELI super laser in Dolní Břežany and a biomedical center in Vestec, both near Prague.

Source: Praguepost.com, 14.1.2014. Full article can be found here.


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