The Economic and Social Council (GSZT), a forum representing the government, employers, employees, trade chambers and scientific organizations, voiced its support yesterday for the government's New Hungary Development Plan to be implemented under the second National Development Plan in 2007-2013, the EU's next budgetary period. The New Hungary Development Plans sets employment, economic growth, cohesion and stability as its main aims, government commissioner in charge of development policy Gordon Bajnai said. President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and co-chairman of GSZT Szilveszter E. Vizi termed a positive step the plan's recognition of Hungary's social and economic problems, adding however, that the role of state capital and Hungarian SMEs is missing from the document. Speaking about education, Minister of Education and Culture István Hiller said Hungary's colleges and universities should put quality over quantity. László Parragh, chairman of the Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said businesses' top priorities are to see SME development and a rethinking of the education system putting greater emphasis on vocational training. (Econews)
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