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Norwegian parliament signs off move to join Horizon Europe

Norway plans to associate to EU R&D programme via membership of European Economic Area

The Norwegian parliament has approved the country’s participation in Horizon Europe, the 2021-27 EU R&D programme.

The €95.5 billion programme is open to near-full participation from the country, which is not an EU member but is a member of both the European Free Trade Association and the European Economic Area.

Approval from the EEA committee will probably come this summer, the Research Council of Norway said on 2 June.

The council said that Norway-based researchers had “done very well” in Horizon 2020, the EU’s previous R&D programme, winning more than €1.48bn.

“This is an important day for Norway,” said the council’s chief executive Mari Sundli Tveit. “Research and innovation will play key roles when we solve the major societal challenges, and to succeed we must collaborate with and compete with the best.”