International Science and Technology Center - Evaluation By The European Union

Evaluation By The European Union

The European Union (EU) organisation EuropeAid undertook an audit of the ISTC and STCU in 2006 and 2007. Among the conclusions and recommendations were the following:

  • Some projects, particularly those led by former high-level weapons scientists, have the potential for dual use
  • The majority of the work in the funded projects is carried out by former weapon scientists
  • The programmes are generally "non-proliferant" in that they are succeeding in keeping the former weapon scientists occupied, particularly at institutes which were at the core of the weapons research
  • The funding to pay the scientists salaries is not always compatible with the respective costs of living and should be increased to reduce the risk of them selling their know-how, knowledge and harmful materials on the black market
  • Biotechnology scientists working on highly virulent strains (plague, anthrax, etc.) projects in Kazakhstan (and possibly also Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) have particularly low salaries and these sites are hence vulnerable to proliferation of know-how, knowledge and biological materials

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