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Slovak minister probed over funding allocations

Peter Plavčan, Slovakia’s education minister, is being questioned over his role in the distribution of EU science funding to businesses in the country.

Several universities and the Slovak Academy of Sciences have said that they received none of a pot of €300 million in EU funding intended to support Slovakia’s long-term strategic R&D. Instead, the money was mostly distributed to projects run by private companies, the Slovak Spectator newspaper reported on 27 July.

The funds appear to have been granted to companies that do not carry out R&D, despite conditions stating that the recipients must be active in this regard, the newspaper reported.

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