Funding for Rozhen Observatory Not Included in Budget 2017

Politics » DOMESTIC | November 22, 2016, Tuesday // 12:40
Bulgaria: Funding for Rozhen Observatory Not Included in Budget 2017 Photo: Института по астрономия с НАО Рожен към БАН

Scientists from the National Observatory in Rozhen, who have had problems with funding their work for years, are hoping to get BGN 550,000 in the beginning of 2017, according to

Although these funds have been promised, they are not included in the draft budget for 2017, approved at first reading last week.

Тhe Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education and Science denied the information that there are negotiations on such funding.

Over the years, the observatory has operated thanks to different donations or projects. The budget is determined by the General Assembly of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The good news is that, this year, there has been significant increase in interest and a lot of tourists want to see the Observatory in Rozhen. This means more revenue from tickets.

On the other hand, the warmer 2015/2016 winter was the reason that the Observatory saved around BGN 15,000 from lower electricity bills, allowing them to maintain some financial stability.

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