The first Joint Committee meeting on Research and Innovation (R&I), following Ukraine’s association to the Horizon Europe and Euratom programmes, took place last week in Brussels.
The parties acknowledged the damages inflicted by Russia’s ongoing aggression, with at least 15% of the research infrastructure affected, including unique scientific equipment and research labs. They underlined their joint commitment to continue nurturing Ukraine’s research capacity, intellectual assets and innovative capabilities, both inside and outside the country. The key instrument for this is Ukraine’s association to Horizon Europe and Euratom Research and Training programmes. Ukraine does not have to contribute financially for 2021 and 2022 and all the programmes’ applicants are encouraged to create opportunities for researchers and innovators from Ukraine.
The parties agreed to maximise on available cooperation opportunities including under dedicated support measures such as such as ERA4Ukraine and ERC4Ukraine, the €25 million MSCA4Ukraine fellowships scheme, €20 million EIC4Ukraine initiative as well as dedicated initiatives by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the COST Office.
Moreover, given Ukraine’s status as an EU candidate country, both parties agreed to facilitate greater policy alignment as well as Ukraine’s faster integration into the European Research Area, with a focus on specific common priorities such as open science and effective national research systems, as well as Ukraine’s participation in the New European Innovation Agenda.
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