Former president urges basic aid to science

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Europe ought not neglect its support for scientific research as the “driver of progress”, former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga said to the audience assembled to mark the opening of the European Year of Development 2015 in Riga on Friday.

As President of the esteemed Club of Madrid forum of former leaders of democracies around the world, she cited the post-war Marshall Plan (named for American statesman General George C. Marshall) and technological change as having been the drivers of Europe’s growth.

She urged EU member states to remember to provide fundamental support to research to keep up such progress in the future.

Vīķe-Freiberga went on to praise the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, but warned that “the gap is not closing” on already grossly imbalanced income disparities.

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