- Cabinet is scrapping 400 million in funds for science.
- University in the clear for the time being.
That 400 million comes on top of the 300 million in cuts over recent years. It is not yet clear what the implications of the measures will be for organizations like DLO, TNO and ECN. Minister Verhagen has set up a priority sector policy in which government and businesses are to join forces in investing in knowledge. Verhagen is giving businesses tax allowances totalling 500 million if they invest more in knowledge. That should compensate for the cut of 400 million in government funding.
Expenditure on universities will remain untouched for the years ahead. The universities will get combined funding of 2.3 billion this year, rising to 2.4 billion in 2016. The cabinet is considering more cutbacks, however.