Council: hundreds of millions of crowns spent on ineffective projects


The Council for Research, Development and Innovation has said that the two last governments spent hundreds of millions of crowns on research projects (wrapping up in 2009) which ended without results or with results which were not officially recognised. According to a report by the government advisory body just released, some 514 million crowns (out of a total of 2.8 billion) were spent on projects which proved ineffective. The council, which is headed by the prime minister, pointed to the Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs and the Environment Ministry as responsible for a large percentage of controversial projects and warned that the latest results needed to be taken into account when the government proposed state spending on R&D for 2012. The centre-right cabinet headed by Prime Minister Petr Nečas, is to discuss the report next week.