The UK, which has left the EU since January, can once again participate in the EU’s most important research and development programme, Horizon Europe. As the majority of Hungarian research institutes do not.

Political agreement has been reached on the UK’s participation in the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program and the European Union’s Copernicus Earth observation programme. announce European Commission.

The EU and the UK are major strategic partners and allies, and today’s agreement is proof of that. We remain at the forefront of global science and research

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Commission, commented on the news. As part of the agreement, the UK is required to contribute €2.6 billion annually to the two programmes. In return, British scientists will once again have the opportunity to participate in the Horizon Europe project, which has a total budget of €95.5 billion. Incidentally, the Union was also preparing to conclude a similar agreement with Switzerland.

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Previously, the UK was one of the main beneficiaries of EU programs under the Horizon programme, and after Brexit, British universities have repeatedly warned that a lack of access to EU research funds could seriously undermine academic leadership in the kingdom. and cause brain drain. British government ministers have been tasked with creating an alternative plan, called Pioneer, in case no deal is reached with the EU.

Meanwhile, due to the Hungarian government’s delay, scholars from the 21 paradigm-changing Hungarian universities were unable to participate in the new EU programs for nine months. With the accession of the British, the situation is made worse, if possible, by the emergence of new partners for European university associations.

Hungarian researchers complain that international cooperation has become very difficult for them, because their current communication system has weakened, and foreign institutes are unwilling to work with Hungarians in an uncertain situation.

Regional Development Minister Tibor Navrachex said in Brussels on Wednesday that he would like to achieve the removal of barriers to EU funding for Hungarian universities by the end of autumn. To achieve this goal, conflict of interest rules must be established for model-changing university boards of trustees, in accordance with requirements set by member states.


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