Horizon 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 13th May 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions the Government has had with the EU Commission on facilitating the UK’s future association with the Horizon Europe programme.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

In May 2018, the UK met with the EU Commission to discuss the future UK-EU relationship on science, research and innovation. During this discussion, and throughout our ongoing engagement since that initial meeting, we have made clear that we would like the option to fully associate to the Horizon Europe Programme.

The Minister attended Competitiveness Council in February 2019, and hopes to attend the next Competitiveness Council in May 2019 for further constructive discussions about research and innovation with his EU counterparts.

Although the UK cannot associate to the future Programme until it has been negotiated and adopted, and only after we have exited the EU, during this period as an EU Member State we are actively engaging in the development of the Horizon Europe proposal at all levels, including through the EU Institutions, in line with UK interests.

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