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19 May 2014

Iceland and Norway signed association agreement to Horizon 2020

On Friday, Iceland and Norway became the first non-EU countries to associate to Horizon 2020. The decision, taken at a meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Committee, takes effect from the beginning of Horizon 2020, allowing these two countries' researchers and companies to participate on the same basis as their counterparts in the EU. In return, the two countries will contribute financially to Horizon 2020. These two EEA/EFTA countries bring to Horizon 2020 and to the EU an excellent science base and clear strengths in specific fields. Norwegian scientists are addressing global challenges in areas such as the environment, climate change, oceans, food safety and energy research. Iceland has unique knowledge of geothermal energy production, and its research capacities on climate change and marine biodiversity will also benefit Europe.

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