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BREXIT & HORIZON EUROPE: WHERE DO WE STAND?

After laborious negotiations and a little like a Christmas miracle, a Trade and Cooperation Agreement was concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom, on 24 December 2020. Brexit has finally come to an end and is awaiting its validation by the European Parliament in January 2021.

WHAT DO WE KNOW…

Horizon 2020

For UK companies participating in a Horizon 2020 project, the conditions will remain unchanged until the end of the project, as long as the UK fulfils its commitments under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Erasmus

The United Kingdom has decided to no longer participate in the ERASMUS student exchange programme. Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, has announced a replacement programme called the "Turing Programme".

European Innovation Council

The United Kingdom will no longer have access to the European Innovation Council (EIC) funds. The EIC Accelerator Programme is the successor to the popular and successful Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme.

WHICH PARTNERSHIP FOR HORIZON EUROPE?

The details of the UK's participation in the European Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, will be detailed in an agreement that remains to be negotiated. Both sides have already indicated their wish that UK companies should be able to participate in the activities from the start of the programme.

So, what kind of agreement can be expected?

If an agreement is concluded, then the UK will be considered as an "associated state". This status does not give access to decision-making power in the comitology or expert bodies set up by the European Union.

If no agreement is concluded, the United Kingdom will be considered as a "third country". UK companies will be able to participate in the Horizon Europe programme but will not be eligible for EU grants.

Want to know more?

Do you want to know more? Stay tuned and do not hesitate to contact our experts who will keep you updated on the progress of the Horizon Europe Programme agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union: info-paris@eurtd.com

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