A research agreement that raises public funding for research and development was signed

A research agreement that raises public funding for research and development was signed
  • 02. January 2019
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The chairmen of Estonian political parties and representatives of research institutions, scientists and major business organizations signed a research agreement that raises public funding for research and development to 1% of gross domestic product.

“It is a major event that the long-awaited social agreement is born. It is a unique pact based on recognizing the shared values and goals of the key players. This is a good message for both researchers and entrepreneurs. It is symbolic that, one year after compilating Tallinn’s call for action during the Estonian Presidency, Estonia has acted as it recommended to all EU Member States and reached a common agreement among all the participants in the RDI system, ”said Andres Koppel, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Research Council.

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By sharing a common belief that science, development and innovation are strategically crucial to the well-being and sustainability of the Estonian people, the Parties to this Agreement confirm the need to ensure the achievement of the objectives agreed in the “Strategy for Knowledge-based Estonia 2014-2020 and to commit to achieving these goals. To this end, the following is agreed upon:

  1. The signed political parties represented by their chairmen shall support the public sector of R&D and innovation by raising funding to 1% of GDP and further to keeping it on at least the same level. To this end, it is agreed that in the year 2019 the state budget strategy will be built to achieve this goal in three years by adding equivalent amounts each year.
  2. Estonian research institutions represented by public universities Chairman of the Board of Rectors’ Council, confirms that research institutions ensure a high level of research and cooperation between science and business and motivation for necessary institutional arrangements;
  3. Estonian scientists, represented by the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and President of the Estonian Academy of Youth, confirm that Estonian scientists will do their best to provide that the resources at their disposal are used for research and development in a way that strikes a balance between basic- and  applied sciences targeting fields in Estonian economy and society development-oriented areas;
  4. Estonia’s largest business organizations represented by Estonia, the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Estonian Employers’ Confederation President confirm their willingness to contribute to the Estonian economy innovation and look for opportunities for entrepreneurs to increase their cooperation with Estonian researchers and research institutions.

Tallinn, December 19, 2018

Jüri Ratas, Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party

Kaja Kallas, Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party

Kaul Nurm, Chairman of the Estonian Free Party

Authorized representative of the ElurikkuseErakond Mihkel Kangur

Kristina Kallas, Chairman of the Estonian 200 Political Party

Züleyxa Izmailova, Chairman of the Green Party of Estonia

Helir-Valdor Seeder, Chairman of  Erakond Isamaa

Social Democratic Party Chairman Yevgeny Ossinovski

Chairman of the Board of the Rectors’ Council Mait Klaassen

President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences Tarmo Soomere

Els Heinsalu, President of the Estonian Academy of Youth Sciences

Chairman of the Board of Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Toomas Luman

Head of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation Toomas Tamsar

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