EUR 5 bn from EU spent on science in Poland: min

Over the years 2014-2020, about PLN 21 bn (~EUR 4.8 bn) from the EU funds has been spent in the fields of science, research and development in Poland, deputy PM and Science minister Jarosław Gowin said on Tuesday in Kraków, southern Poland, where the economic conference Impact’19 takes place.

“The 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework is coming to an end, so it is the time for first conclusions. The amount of money allocated is a very good result, which has been achieved due to the activity of governmental agencies, but also due to the involvement of the entire academic and business world,” Mr Gowin said.

The minister pointed out that in the fields of science, Poland remained a net contributor through the entire duration of EU membership, paying PLN 7 bn (~EUR 1.6 bn) more than the state received from the common budget.

Mr Gowin recalled the success of three Polish scientific projects at the Teaming for Excellence competition held under the EU programme “Horizon 2020”. The ventures were granted EUR 45 mln in total.

According to Mr Gowin, the National Centre for Research and Development is the facility that has contributed the most to use EU funds over the years 2014-2020 “in a creative way”.