Following our round-up last week of messages we’ve been hearing , there is some more news to report in relation to our involvement in EU funded programmes.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has just published a document on the current and future aspirations for UK’s participation in Horizon 2020. As you might expect our colleagues at UKRO have had close involvement in the preparation of the document and you can read their analysis here (Ed – you’ll need to be logged in/register to get access).
Picking up on elements of Theresa May’s speech on 2 March 2018, the document strikes a positive tone for the short term. It reiterates the intention that the UK will continue to participate in Horizon 2020 and other programmes covered by the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020, and makes clear reference to the value placed on Horizon 2020. It also reaffirms the UK Government’s continued commitment to underwriting involvement in Horizon 2020, irrespective of the outcome of negotiations.
With respect to Framework Programme 9, the tone is a little more circumspect, with the document observing: ‘It is too early to speculate on whether the UK will seek to Associate to Framework 9’.
For a more in-depth analysis look out for an update next week!