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MEPs back ‘worrying’ plans for Horizon Europe

The European Parliament’s research committee has adopted proposals for the EU’s next R&D programme that are causing university groups concern, including over the UK’s participation.

The research committee adopted in their entirety the compromise proposals on Horizon Europe from Dan Nica and Christian Ehler, the MEPs leading on the programme, in a vote on 21 November. Some of Nica’s proposals are controversial, including those relating to the participation of non-EU countries.

The committee agreed to try to change the association mechanism by which the UK would be most likely to participate in Horizon Europe. Association via this route should be “based on an assessment of the benefits for the EU”, it said. Countries associating in this way would only be able to coordinate collaborative projects “provided that it benefits the EU”.

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