Stenbock House — When opening the General Assembly of the Estonian Academy of Sciences today, the Prime Minister said that more efficient cooperation was needed between scientists and entrepreneurs for Estonia’s success to continue and to reach the top five most successful states in the European Union. In order to achieve the most innovative and competitive solutions, it is most important to concentrate the resources assigned for research and development into key areas.
According to the Prime Minister, Estonia’s success has been impressive, and our goals for the future continue to be ambitious.
“We choose innovation. This means principal breakthroughs in the structure of the economy, even more so in attitude and philosophy,” said Prime Minister Ansip.
Estonia must make choices among the different fields, where to develop high-level doctoral studies and an exemplary infrastructure for science. According to the Prime Minister, Estonia’s goal is to increase expenditure on research and development up to three per cent of gross domestic product. Today, however, the contributions of the state and the private sector have not increased at the same pace ; the share of enterprises continues to be too low.
"There is no point in blaming the entrepreneurs for being short-sighted. The entrepreneur invests his or her money in competitive solutions. The entrepreneur wishes to earn profit and cannot be reproached for that. A solution can be found in the concentration of resources, in a more precise definition of the key areas. This is difficult but unavoidable. We will not achieve success through continually dispersing resources,” said the Prime Minister.