R15 billion high-tech strategy begins
Berlin – Germany has taken measures to unify measures for the promotion of technology development. The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, presented a paper which lays out the primary aims of the government. One of the most important aims is to intensify research in scientific fields with a possible commercial application – among them biotechnology. Up to 2009, the government plans to invest a15 billion in high-tech, including an additional spending of a6 billion, the government said. “All policy areas in research and development will be directed towards the goal of reaching a leading position in European and worldwide future markets”, said Schavan, who is responsible for the coordination of measures undertaken by the different ministries.
The varying positions of the federal ministers – for example in green biotechnology – have been resolved. Originally, the agricultural minister, Horst Seehofer had proposed supporting only scientific, but no commercial, applications of genetically modified (GM) plants. As a consequence, the government announced the creation of a new genetic engineering law to allow the commercial cultivation of GM crops.