Following the political agreement on the text of the Horizon Europe (HE) regulation reached by the EU co-legislators on 11 December 2020, informal exploratory talks have been initiated by the DG R&I unit responsible for the Horizon Europe associations with third countries who have formally expressed an interest in becoming associated to the Horizon Europe Framework Programme.
On 12 January 2021 such discussions took place with Tunisia, on 25 January with Georgia, on 26 January with Ukraine, on 27 January with Israel and on 28 January with Moldova. Meetings are planned for 2 February with Armenia and 5 February with the Faroe Islands.
For Ukraine, the meeting included as well a discussion on association to the Euratom Research and Training Programme. Other meetings have also been scheduled and the exploratory talks will be held with all these third countries in due course.
(5 February update)
On 29 January 2021 informal exploratory talks took place with Turkey, on 2 February with Armenia, on 3 February with North Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina, on 4 February with Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo* and on 5 February with Albania.
(5 May update)
On 28 April 2021 a second round of informal exploratory talks took place with Georgia, on 29 April with Ukraine, on 30 April with Tunisia and on 5 May with Israel.
(4 June update)
On 25 May 2021 a second round of informal exploratory talks took place with the Faroe Islands, on 27 May with Armenia and on the 28 May with Morocco.
(16 July update)
On 15 July 2021 a first round of informal exploratory talks took place with Canada.
(22 September update)
As per 22 September 2021, the following countries have successfully concluded the formal negotiations for an association to Horizon Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Serbia, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In the case of Ukraine, also the negotiations for association to the Euratom Research and Training Programme have been successfully closed.
(24 September update)
Norway and Iceland become the first countries to associate to Horizon Europe
Today, the Joint Committee of the European Economic Area (EEA) adopted the Decision formalising the association of Norway and Iceland to Horizon Europe.
(12 October update)
As per 12 October 2021, the European Commission has successfully concluded the formal negotiations for an association to Horizon Europe also with the Faroe Islands, Israel and Tunisia.
At the EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, the EU and Ukraine signed the agreement that associates Ukraine to Horizon Europe and Euratom Research & Training programme. The association agreement will enter into force once Ukraine notifies the European Commission of the completion of the Ukrainian ratification process.
This information will be regularly updated
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence
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