Estonia: The Bill concerning research and development funding passed the first reading in the Riigikogu

NordenBladet — The Bill under which the amount of the funds allocated by the state to research and development will amount to at least one per cent of GDP passed the first reading in the Riigikogu today.

The Bill on Amendments to the Organisation of Research and Development Act (198 SE), initiated by the Social Democratic Party Faction, is intended to ensure stable funding of research and development by the state. This will support broad-based social development and facilitate greater added value of entrepreneurship. The explanatory memorandum notes that if the Bill is passed, there will be more security regarding research funding. At the same time, within three years, it is planned to achieve the funding level provided for in the Estonia 2020 Action Plan and the social agreement to ensure the further development of Estonian research and innovation.

During the debate, Aadu Must (Centre Party) and Jürgen Ligi (Reform Party) took the floor on behalf of their factions.


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