published: 07.10.2013, 16:21 | updated: 07.10.2013 16:26:13
Brno - The Czech Republic will not draw 30 to 70 billion crowns from the EU funds by the end of the 2007-2013 programming period, which has been caused by the very complex system of drawing of the European subsidies, Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said today.
He said those who prepared the system and all Czech governments since 2007 were responsible for the excessively complex system.
"We have not managed the drawing," Rusnok told the Czech Confederation of Industry meeting held within the International Engineering Fair in Brno.
"One cannot blame the European Union for our failure to draw all the money, and it is not a low sum (that has not been drawn). Any donor wants to watch for what and how the money is used," Rusnok said.
He said Czech administration has been incapable of coping with long-term projects and goals.
"When the first economic crisis hit the Czech Republic in 1996-1998, the Confederation of Industry wanted to increase support for technical education. This has not happened, however, and now the same call can be heard again," Rusnok said.
He said the country suffered from a lack of strategic thinking.
The Czech Republic is fixated on a single big project, which is the extension of the Temelin nuclear power plant, he said.
Rusnok pointed to the modern railway construction in Western Europe.
"We try to make old railroads straighter and we cannot decide to build new railroads," he said.
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