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Slovenia Business Week no. 09/2005: Companies Want Better Cooperation with Science

The survey, which was conducted by polling firm Gral-Iteo in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) shows that companies see better cooperation with science as a key prerequisite for faster technological development

Science is alienated from the Slovenian corporate sector and it fails to take incentives for cooperation. The non-cooperation has been going on for 15 years and has caused the companies to lag behind those in the most developed countries, according to chairman of Iskratel Andrej Polanec, one of the proponents of a survey examining cooperation between research institutes and companies.

The survey, which was conducted by polling firm Gral-Iteo in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) and presented on Tuesday, 22 February, shows that companies see better cooperation with science as a key prerequisite for faster technological development.

Measures that the 33 participating companies want to see implemented include changes to funding for education, selective tax policy for companies with high development potential, active promotion of venture capital funds, IT support for science, and cheaper infrastructure.

The survey suggests that companies should do more to present their requirements and wishes to the government and the media, and make greater efforts to give the corporate sector greater influence in the allocation of funds to research and higher education establishments.  

Past results, a good degree of development and a stable macroeconomic environment are solid foundations for Slovenia. Yet the continuation of the gradualist approach to development is not enough any more, said CCIS president Jozko Cuk. He said a change of priorities and bigger investments in areas where Slovenia lags behind are needed.

The presentation of the report was followed by a round-table debate at which managers stressed that the business environment must be changed to enable faster development. Clear legislation with appropriate taxes and funding freedom were stressed as the main factors promoting such development.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA