07 Oct 2021
EUA calls for rapid association of UK to Horizon Europe
The European University Association (EUA) Council has issued a statement calling for rapid association of the United Kingdom to Horizon Europe. The statement points out the mutual benefit of joint research and innovation and calls for safeguarding this research and innovation cooperation through fast association of the UK to Horizon Europe. The EUA claims that the lengthy process of associating the UK to Horizon Europe and other EU programmes is creating unnecessary insecurity within the European knowledge community, with this insecurity threatening plans for scientific cooperation and causing negative consequences for both the EU and the UK. The EUA therefore urges the European Commission and the UK government to finalise Protocol I linked to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement as a basis for UK association and to move onward to a fast and successful association of the UK to Horizon Europe.
The association expresses strong regret that that, ten months after its publication, Protocol I remains an unfinished draft, that there is little sign of progress and no clear, official timeline for the finalisation of the association agreement. The statement calls for clear commitment to a continued, common research and innovation community encompassing the UK and the rest of Europe.