Brussels, 19 Jan 2005
Poland's Council of Ministers has adopted a National Development Plan for 2007 to 2013, confirming the role that research is set to play in the country's development.
'Joining the European Union, we decided upon rapid development and modernisation. We are already using the opportunities provided by membership. We are using them well. However, tomorrow we should use them even better,' said Prime Minister Marek Belka in a message broadcast on national television and radio.
'In 2004 to 2006 Poland allocated no more than PLN 70 to 80 billion [17.1 billion to 19.6 billion euro] to development. In the period 2007 to 2013 we have an opportunity to allocate PLN 500 billion [122.4 billion euro]. That is without precedent in our history!' the Prime Minister continued.
Highlighting the importance awarded to scientific research in Poland, Mr Belka called for research investment to increase faster than growth: 'We propose that the Polish economy be an economy open to knowledge, that spending on scientific research and development increase faster than economic growth, and that people have guaranteed conditions for raising their knowledge and qualifications.'
The National Development Plan exceeds the current and next terms in office of the country's government and parliament, and its drafters are therefore eager to ensure that it is widely endorsed. The Prime Minister called for feedback from citizens, local communities, political groups and non-governmental organisations, 'for we want a development plan for Poland that is appropriate to the 21st century,' said Mr Belka.