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EU Commissioner for Science encouraged by Cyprus' national program
2007-05-31 12:03:44

Nicosia, May 30 - EU Commissioner for Research and Science, Janez Potocnik, said he was encouraged by the Cypriot Government’s firm commitment to develop its research and science field through its national framework program.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting with Presidential Papadopoulos he indicated that although Cyprus ranks last in the EU regarding its relative spending in GDP in the field of science and research, on the other hand it ranks first regarding its growth rates in this field.

“If you look it from the point of view of the relative spending in GDP the answer is yes”, the Commissioner said, when asked if Cyprus ranks last in the field of science and research, but he also stressed: “if you look it from the point of view of the growth rates and who is on the top, it is again yes, Cyprus”.

The Slovenian Commissioner noted that one has to acknowledge that the university sector in Cyprus is relatively young and the structure of the business sector is not very much favorable.

“That is why the commitments to strengthen this field have to be even stronger than in some other countries. But I think that the understanding to go in this direction is quite clear”, he added.

Referring to the government’s national framework programme to develop the field of science and research, he said that its launch today was a major success.

The Cyprus Government emphasizes the sectors of information technology (IT), pharmacology, energy and environment in order to raise its figures in the field of science and research.

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