Greece’s government ‘creating the conditions to bring young scientists home,’ PM says in tweet

Investment on research and innovation in Greece has for the first time reached 1 pct of the country’s GDP, with the government creating the conditions that will bring back the young scientists now working abroad, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, accompanied by a video.

In a more detailed analysis posted on the prime minister’s official website, he noted that the government was providing young researchers with incentives to come home, through a grant of 240 million euros to the Research and Innovation Foundation.

Tsipras also pointed to some 1,100 new research posts in universities and research institutes, as well as support for innovative enterprises from the Holding Fund for Investments, incentives and tax cuts for spending on research.

“Research is placed at the service of society since Greece is joining the map of future medicine with the creation of a national network of individualised medical care for the prevention and treatment of cancer that is accessible to all. At the same time, we introduced advanced agro-food technology for our national products,” the prime minister said.