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On 20 March 2015, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, signed the Horizon 2020 Association Agreement. The agreement has been reached after a lengthy negotiation process. Following today's signature, Ukraine becomes now the eleventh country associated to Horizon 2020.
Under the terms of the Agreement Ukrainian legal entities will participate in all actions funded under 2015 Horizon budget (calls for proposals, calls for tenders, contests, JRC activities etc.) with the status of entities from an Associated Country as of the entry into force of the Association Agreement.
Association is a specific mechanism allowing for stronger cooperation with the non- EU countries under the EU’s Framework Research Programmes. Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework R&D Programme is in principle open for the participation of organisations from other, non-EU countries. Beyond this basic provision, organisations from associated countries can enjoy the status of full participants equal to that of the organisations from the EU member states.
The official ceremony of the Horizon Association Agreement signature was followed by a meeting of Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science; Mārīte Seile, Minister of Education and Science of Latvia; and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, with representatives of the Educational and Scientific Community of Ukraine.
The Horizon 2020 NCPs of Ukraine, Rectors of the Universities from all Ukraine, representatives of the EU Embassies, research institutes and centres took part in this event, hosted by the Taras Shevchenko National University.
The BILA-UKR*AINA project contributed to this process through its activities, especially through supporting the institutional S&T Policy Dialogue between the European Commission, the EU Member States and Ukraine as well as organisation Horizon 2020 targeted trainings and info events for Ukrainian researchers and NCPs.
Impression from the 2nd Stakeholders’ Forum | © Gorazd Weiss, BILAT UKR*AINA project
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Lessons learnt and good practices in the process of Ukarine's association to the EU Framework Programmes were in the focus of the 2nd Stakeholders’ Forum of the BILAT-UKR*AINA project. Also on the agenda were STI policies and other measures to promote innovation. In addition to presentations by expert speakers the forum offered plenty of opportunity for discussions. The event attracted more than 70 participants.
Since Ukraine will officially associate to Horizon 2020 in the forthcoming months, the relevance of the event was obvious. Research and innovation are important fields in which Ukraine is developing closer ties with the EU. The significance of the event was underlined by the attendance of Dr. Maksym Strikha, Deputy Minister of Education and Science for Ukraine, Anatoly Zagorodny, Vice President of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine as well as Thierry Devars, International Relations Officer of the EC responsible for the BILAT-UKR*AINA. On behalf of the consortium, Mr. Gorazd Weiss, BILAT-UKR*AINA project coordinator, presented the latest project results.
Dr. Marina Gorokhovatska
Ms Zsuzsanna Angyal
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