UK lawmakers have complained that the UK remains shut out of projects related to the EU’s “Horizon Europe” research fund because of the long-running dispute with Brussels over the Northern Ireland protocol.
In a report published on Monday (25 October), MPs on the European Scrutiny Committee said that UK research programmes “will not be able to recover these lost opportunities”.
In December, the EU provisionally agreed to the UK participating in its new research programmes, including “Horizon Europe” research fund and the Copernicus earth observation programme, in return for an estimated £2.1 billion contribution to the programme’s funding. However, UK organisations cannot bid for funding because the EU’s approval for the UK’s participation is tied to the outcome of Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations, EU research commissioner Mariya Gabriel has said.
Talks between EU and UK officials to resolve disagreements over the protocol are ongoing after both sides submitted proposals.
(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)