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Rectors: Prague is discriminated in drawing EU funds


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Prague universities are discriminated against in the use of European subsidies, was said Thursday at a press conference of Rectors. Lack of funding may jeopardize the research agency Mediafax informing John Rolenc from the University of Economics.

Although Prague concentrates a large number of research institutions and universities, in drawing EU funds grants this region has long been artificially disadvantage. In the future, the current situation seems to change, but even more so to the detriment of Prague universities, researchers, development of education and science, says chancellors.

In the new programming period 2014 2020 would be designed by the General Regulation to the European funds in Prague was the co-financing by the beneficiaries reach 50 percent. This is a fundamental change from the present, the national co-financing represents only 15 percent.

The whole problem does not affect only Prague, because there acting colleges whose significance beyond this region. In the capital, occupies 45 percent of public research institutions and has half of researchers. At Prague universities also take 40 percent of all students in the country.

"On average, 50 percent of students in schools in Prague, in the Czech Agricultural University to 70 percent, after finishing his studies back to their home regions. Prague is educational center, whose importance in terms of human resources far exceeds the regional framework," said Margaret Sedmíková, Vice-Rector for Science and Research of the Czech Agricultural University in Prague.

"Increasing the level of co-financing by the beneficiary will be a further step and discriminatory financial burden for Prague's public universities and research institutions, or will cause only limited interest in these Prague research and educational institutions on the utilization of European funds," said Stanislav Hronová, Vice-President for Science and Research of the University of Economics in Prague.

The European Union considers the regional gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as a key indicator of economic well-being of the region and by amount of reallocates funds within its structural policy. According to this indicator, Prague is within the EU, a very rich region in the Czech Republic has such a unique position.For this reason, the Prague university can apply for the operational programs of the Structural Funds, managed by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Industry and Trade, which in turn are accessible regions outside Prague and have to start and enhance their development.

Kamila Kinštová, kinstova@mediafax.cz

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