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Commenting article: Bulgaria Cuts Drastically R & D Spending

Bulgaria cut its spending on research and development by more than BGN 35 M in 2010, new data from the country's National Statistical Institute shows.

A total of BGN 195 M was spent on scientific research and development in 2010, a mere 0.28% of the country's GDP. In 2009, the percentage was 0.35 – and even back then it was half of the EU average, the Dnevnik daily points out.

The struggling Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Bulgarian state universities received BGN 90 M in 2010, a BGN 50 M in comparison to the previous year. A total of BGN 27 M was spent on research and development in the sphere of agriculture, a BGN 18 M decrease year on year.

sarkan - 30 Jun 2011 // 16:56:54

Small countries like Bulgaria have no choice but to invest in high technology. Without R&D, Bulgaria will remain nothing but a tobacco producer.

Dirk - 1 Jul 2011 // 06:09:20

I had no idea there even was R&D in this country. From experience I can say people doesn't even understand the words.

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