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November 27, 2013 10:55 am

Israel, EU Reach Compromise on Horizon 2020 Project

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EU flag. Photo: S. Solberg J. Israel and the European Union have reached a compromise that would enable Israel to participate in the Horizon 2020 program despite the EU’s directives limiting the funding afforded by its member nations to Israeli institutions operating beyond the Green Line. Israel now stands to be the only non-EU member participating in the program.

Horizon 2020, the EU’s $108 billion research and development program that is set to take place between 2014 and 2020, stands to become a major contributor to scientific research funding in Israel. The Israeli Science and Technology Ministry welcomed the compromise, saying Israel is expected to invest some $1.35 billion in Horizon 2020.

According to the compromise reached, Israel will sign an addendum by which it would be able to retain its position that the language used by the EU in the Horizon agreement— which states that there is a difference, funding-wise, between research bodies operating within and beyond the Green Line—is unacceptable, but will also state that will abide by the EU’s demand that the scientific funding offered by the bloc’s member nations will not be diverted to institutions based beyond the Green Line.

Both sides have also agreed that any Israeli institution operating both within and beyond the Green Line would be allowed to apply for EU grants according to the program’s overall outline, and each application will be considered according to its individual merit.

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