Possible outcomes of the UK’s departure from the EU for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

The European University Association (EUA) has published a brief analysis of the possible outcomes of the UK’s departure from the EU for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

After presenting the current state of play and the procedural aspects of exiting the European Union, as stated in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the document moves on to describing the main rules for participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. Furthermore, it provides the examples of Switzerland and Norway – non-EU countries associated to both programmes – and shows what models currently exist for the UK’s potential future engagement in these EU programmes.

The document concludes that it is still too early to say if and on what basis the UK might participate in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ in the future and that the currently existing models do not preclude the development of new ones. Finally, EUA highlights that “UK universities will remain part of the family of European universities, which goes beyond EU borders, and it will continue to advocate for cooperation in research and education in the interest of all its members”.

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