Education minister expects research boost in budget law
Carrozza tells ANSA forum national plan by end of year24 September, 13:12
Italy invests less in research and development than many of its competitors, a factor that is widely seen as contributing to its poor economic performance in recent years, and many talented young researchers are forced to look abroad to find work.
"I expect a clear focus on research and innovation in the budget law," Carrozza said at ANSA's headquarters in Rome, with the government set to start putting together its budget package soon.
Carrozza, a member of Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), added that a new national research plan will be ready by the end of this year. She added that she hoped Letta's grand-coalition government does not collapse in the near future, with the executive living under the threat that Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party could pull its support in the fallout of the supreme court's decision to uphold a tax-fraud verdict against the ex-premier.
"The atmosphere in the cabinet (featuring PD and FI ministers) is good," Carrozza said. "I hope that the government lasts long enough to handle Italy's presidency of the European Union (in the second half of 2014). We're already a bit late".