Switzerland loses associated country status in Horizon Europe

22 Jul, 2021

Horizon Europe association agreements giving third countries access to the research programme should be ratified by the end 2021, according to the European Commission (EC). The European Parliament adopted the final Horizon Europe legislation in April and soon after the Commission adopted the final documents detailing calls, budgets and application deadlines for the next two years.

Talks with third countries on participation in the research programme could not proceed until these documents were complete. However, this should not lead to a delay in accessing grants. In a document dated 17 June the EC encouraged countries with which association negotiations are being processed or where association is imminent to join funding calls as a provisional workaround until association agreements start producing legal effects.

Israel, the UK and 16 other countries are on the list, but Switzerland has been excluded. Association talks with Switzerland are blocked over political disagreements relating to Swiss contributions to the EU budget.

Countries with which association negotiations are being processed, or where association is imminent:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Georgia
  6. Iceland
  7. Israel
  8. Kosovo
  9. Moldova
  10. Montenegro
  11. Morocco
  12. North Macedonia
  13. Norway
  14. Serbia
  15. Tunisia
  16. Turkey
  17. Ukraine
  18. UK