Scientists from the National Academy of Sciences have launched a rally at the building of Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers. They are requiring to increase funding for science.
The rally has gathered a lot of people. One can see that the protesters have blocked Grushevskogo Street.
This April, the scientists came to the parliament demanding to fund science and to fulfill the norms of the law 'On Scientific and Scientific-Technical Activities' that was adopted in 2015. According to this law, the financing of science should take 1.7% of GDP. Ukrainian budget have given only 0.2% for this purpose. Thus, it’s impossible to pay salaries to young scientists and all the funding for scientific programs will be stopped.
In particular, the Minister of Science and Education of Ukraine Liliya Grinevich noted that now they need 610 mln UAH for all the academies in order to pay all the salaries. That’s why they urgently need to change the state budget. According to her, the Ministry is now carrying out audit on the definition of the most important directions of its activity.
The chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubiy said that the meeting with the representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) was successful.