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Include UK in Horizon Europe, academy begs

France’s top scientific learned society has pleaded with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to give the UK full participation in the EU’s next R&D programme, Horizon Europe.

The executive board of the French Académie des Sciences as well as six of its former presidents and three honorary senior members wrote a letter to “plead for a fair participation of the UK [in] the Framework programme Horizon Europe, subject to suitable financial adjustments”. 

Cross-border collaboration is essential to progress in science, the authors said. Consequently, “all scientists participating [in an] EU research project should have to comply with the simplest possible procedures facilitating their travel to and from the UK at least during the period of cooperation”.

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