Prague, Dec 21 (CTK) – The operation of the Czech best and largest scientific centres that were established predominantly with EU subsidies will be financed at 90 percent by the state in 2016, the government decided yesterday, Education Minister Katerina Valachova has said.
She said the number of “large infrastructures” will not be fixed.
The large infrastructures of A1 and A2 categories will be financed by the state at 90 percent next year, while 60 percent of the budget of A3 and A4 category projects will be financed by the state. In the following three years, the state will finance 60 to 80 percent of the centres´ operation, Valachova said.
She said the financing of the large infrastructures in a broader sense relates to the financing of Czech science generally.
A goal is to maintain international scientific teams, such as CEITC, ELI and SUSEN, Valachova said previously.
The Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) has its seat in Brno, the laser centre ELI in Dolni Brezany near Prague and the SUSEN project focusing on nuclear energy development in Rez near Prague.
The government debated the future financing of large scientific centres last year already. It was feared that some might have problems if they did not get sufficient support from the state. The provision of more money was conditioned by the control of their operation.