The scientific community in Croatia is shocked by the proposed 2016 budget because it has been stripped of HRK 450 million, while the academic community has been left without the necessary funding for subscription for leading scientific journals, the Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb, Milos Judas, said on Friday.
In budget projections for this year, funding for science has been reduced by about HRK 150 million, and the 300 million that was allocated to the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport as part of a budget revision at the end of last year has also been scrapped, Judas told a press conference.
He said that Croatia did not have money for journals such as Science and Nature while at the same time "1.2 billion kuna is allocated annually to Documenta and other non-governmental organisations that slag off the government."
"In the HRK 120 billion budget they couldn't find four million euros for subscription for scientific journals that everyone in this country could read, from secondary school students to scientists. That's the price of two or three bullet-proof BMWs," Judas said.
"At the same time, 3-4 million euros is spent every day on nothing - on repeating local elections, on default interest or damages to managers who drove companies to ruin, while 300,000 members of the academic community do not have free access to information of vital importance for learning. That is utter impudence," Judas said, threatening constitutional action for violating the fundamental human right to access information.