Research and development projects are making up an increasingly large proportion of investments in Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said at the inauguration of the R&D centre of Soft Flow, a biotechnology company owned by Denmark’s FOSS, in Pécs, in southern Hungary.
The 2 billion forint (EUR 5.5m) investment, supported by a 770 million forint government grant, is creating 90 new jobs. The government is working to turn Hungary’s “production-oriented economy into an economy driven by R&D”, Szijjártó said. The government and private companies both spent 10% more on innovation in 2020 than they did in 2019, he noted. Over the past ten years, that growth has reached 60%, he added. Szijjártó referred to “excellent cooperation” between Slow Flow and the Pécs University. The cooperation “is more or less how the government sees the future of higher education,” he said. FOSS equipment is used to inspect and certify some 80% of grain and 85% of milk on the world market, Szijjártó said. “We successfully lured a tone-setter investment in food safety to Hungary,” he said.