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Swiss R&D talks ‘politically impossible’, Commission says


Country frozen out as national research funders call for inclusive EU policymaking and programmes

The European Commission has said that opening fresh talks with Switzerland on cooperation with the EU, including on R&D, is “politically impossible” until the country pays the bloc overdue money earmarked for poorer regions.

Progress on wider Swiss-EU relations is a prerequisite for discussion of a deal on access to the EU R&D programme, according to the Commission. The overdue Swiss contributions to the EU’s regional cohesion funding is a major sticking point for EU negotiators.

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