07/04/2010 – SERBIA: EIB SUPPORTS SCIENCE AND RESEARCH WITH 200 MLN EUROS AGREEMENT SIGNED IN BELGRADE BY VICE PRESIDENT SCANNAPIECO
BELGRADE – The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the government of Serbia today signed an agreement in Belgrade for a 200 million euro loan to the Serbian science and research sector.
The deal will make it possible to invest around 420 million euros in the country’s technological projects and infrastructures. The agreement was signed by EIB Vice President Dario Scannapieco and by Serbia’s Finance Minister, Diana Dragutinovic. The operation, Scannapieco underlined, has three main goals: to develop infrastructures that support technological development and scientific research in Serbia; to create the right living and working conditions for scientists and researchers to enable them to collaborate and compete with the rest of the international scientific community; to persuade Serbian scientists who are currently working abroad to return to Serbia.
In his speech, Serbia’s President Tadic called the agreement with the EIB ”one of the most important investments in the country’s economic development, which has the main goal of keeping young Serbian researchers from leaving the country.” In Serbia there are around 8,500 scientists and researchers active in 58 scientific institutes and 114 university faculties. Most of these institutes are funded by the State.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA