Funding of Swedish research institutes in the Mediterranean region to continue

Central government funding of the Swedish research institutes in Rome, Athens and Istanbul will continue and the proposed budget cuts indicated for 2016 and 2017 will not be implemented. This was announced today by Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research, following a review of alternative funding sources for the institutes.

- “Today I am able to announce that the Swedish research institutes in the Mediterranean region will continue to receive central government funding. The advance notice given of reduced central government funding for 2016 and 2017 no longer applies following our review of alternative funding sources for the institutes. We value these institutes and their important activities. They are highly regarded from many points of view – cultural, historical and for their research,” says Ms Knutsson.

- “The proposal in the Budget Bill did not apply to 2015, but was rather advance notice for 2016–2017 and dependent upon finding alternative funding for the institutes. It was never the Government’s intention to jeopardise the future of the institutes. The Government has given priority to a review of alternative funding sources and has taken on board the misgivings that were raised in relation to these. We have therefore decided to continue with our funding of the institutes,” says Ms Knutsson.

The costs associated with the Swedish research institutes in the Mediterranean region include significant sums for the operation and maintenance of their properties, which embody major cultural values. The direct operational grants provided by central government are partly used to cover some of these basic costs.

The Government will find an alternative way to finance the amounts involved (SEK 12 million in 2016 and SEK 22 million in 2017), which will be announced at a later date.

Contact

Rasmus Lenefors
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 (0)8-405 10 00