Former Finance Minister Joao Liao said on Wednesday that the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) had submitted only one project, the ISCTE project, for funding, and an operation referring to three polytechnics.
“With regard to universities, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) has only submitted one project, the ISCTE project, for funding within the scope of this allotment,” the current Vice-Chancellor of ISCTE, Joao Liao, explained in a statement sent to the newsrooms.
There is a piece of news provided by Público, citing the former Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, that MCTES has directed more than one project for funding, within the scope of the allocation stipulated in the 2017 state budget, to fund central administration entities that are having difficulties in implementing Projects with European funds due to the additional needs of their national public counterpart.
According to Público, only ISCTE’s application for funding was approved by the Ministry of Finance, then led by João Leão, now ISCTE Vice President.
João Leão came today to explain that, with regard to universities, only MCTES presented the ISCTE project, which “can be explained by the fact that this institution is located in an area where the weight of community funding is lower”.
“This operation has been approved by the relevant authority, MCTES. The operation was directed by IGEEFE [Instituto de Gestão Financeira da Educação] And got a positive opinion from DGO [Direção-Geral do Orçamento] And the approval of the Ministry of Planning and the Minister of State for the budget in accordance with the provisions of the law.”
Joao Liao insisted that he “in his capacity as finance minister” “did not interfere with this funding decision”.
With regard to the Polytechnics, the former Minister of Finance said that only one operation was submitted, within the scope of that budget, referring to three institutions of higher education.
The former governor pointed out that “this process did not receive a positive opinion of the services, and did not meet the conditions for granting funding in this way,” noting that those three institutes “received exceptional reinforcements that exceeded 16 million euros since then. 2016 “.”.
As Público progresses, João Leão, who was appointed vice president of ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa two days after leaving the government, where he was already a professor, will run a project of the Center for Valuation of Technology Transfer (CVTT) from that university, whose funding is included In the latest government budget he helped prepare and which was presented by the current holder of the portfolio, Fernando Medina, last week.
The funding anticipates eight million euros from a public investment in work that will focus the Foundation’s eight research centres, ten laboratories and three observatories in the former building of the Institute for Mobility and Transport, on Avenida das Forças Armadas, next to the ISCTE campus, in Lisbon.
According to Público on April 15, the center is one of the main projects of Maria de Lourdes Rodríguez, who was Minister of Education between 2005 and 2009, in a socialist executive led by José Socrates, who has been the dean of ISCTE since 2018.
João Leão and ISCTE told Pblico that “Negotiation and demand [do financiamento] It always results in the relevant ministry and members of the government, in this case the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES),” rejecting any interference by the former governor.
Chega, PSD and Iniciativa Liberal have called for urgent hearings in the parliament of Joao Liao, Manuel Heitor and current Finance Minister Fernando Medina.