The Research and Development Council recommends training nuclear energy specialists

17.12.2008 | 13:23

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Tallinn, Stenbock House, 17 December 2008 – When discussing the draft of the Estonian Energy Technology Programme, the Research and Development Council, headed by Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, recommended adding the development of nuclear energy to the priorities of the programme as well.

According to the Council, the discussions for establishing a nuclear power plant in Estonia have just started and no resolutions have been made yet; at the same time, it is important to start training nuclear energy specialists – both scientists and engineers – as soon as possible. This allows to make more elaborate decisions at the preparation of the nuclear power plant project. The members of the Research and Development Council found that the system for funding the Energy Technology Programme must be developed further in the future.

The Research and Development Council also discussed the developments in the field, the grounds of the infrastructure policy and the Estonian Energy Technology Programme. According to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, the unanimity of political parties at the development of research and development activities is praiseworthy. Ansip thinks the strategic goals of the field of research and development can only be achieved via the long-term support of research and development and innovation.

As a positive trend, the Research and Development Council pointed out the growth of the investments into the private sector, which has been faster with regard to research and development than in the public sector.

The members of the Research and Development Council were of the opinion that the funding system of large volume Structural Funds has worked well. This is also evidenced by the fast growth of the investments into research and development. It was noted that the goal to support research and development activities in the amount of 1.5 per cent of the GDP can be accomplished already in 2009.

The grounds of the infrastructure policy for research and development were also discussed at the Research and Development Council today. The Ministry of Education and Research gave the members of the Council an overview of the elaboration of a map for the development of infrastructure.

The Prime Minister is the chairman of the 12-member Research and Development Council and the membership of the Council is approved by the Government of the Republic for up to three years.

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