Ukraine signs Horizon 2020 Association Agreement
On 20 March 2015, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine signed the Agreement for the Association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020 in Kiev. This agreement enables research institutions, universities, businesses and innovators from Ukraine to fully participate in Horizon 2020. From now on, Ukraine will, for example, be able to host European Research Council (ERC) grants, apply for financial support to innovative SMEs, benefit from support for scientific excellence and other research policies and participate in the H2020 governance structures. The agreement will have to be ratified by the Ukrainian parliament to enter into force. It covers the period of 2015-2020.
At the signing ceremony, Commissioner Moedas said: "I am very pleased to welcome Ukraine into our EU research funding programme Horizon 2020. Ukraine has chosen to invest in its knowledge and in its people. Chosen to contribute to the common goals of the wider science and technology community. Ukraine's great research and innovation potential offers promising partnerships for Europe. And Ukraine will now have access to the full spectrum of activities funded under Horizon 2020, helping spur its economy. I hope Ukraine will make the most of these opportunities."
Latvian Minister for Education and Science Mārīte Seile, who represented the Council Presidency at the signing ceremony, welcomed Ukraine as a new associated country to Horizon 2020 and emphasised the importance the Latvian Presidency placed on cooperation with the Eastern partnership countries, including Ukraine.
Horizon 2020 is the first EU programme in which Ukraine has chosen to participate following the beginning of provisional application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Ukraine has also requested association to the Euratom Research and Training Programme but negotiations need to follow a separate track.
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