Leão says the Ministry of Science only submitted the ISCTE project for funding

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”.

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